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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a free mobile application (app) for veterans and their caregivers that organizes several tools and resources to help veterans take charge of their health care. The VA has developed several apps to extend services beyond the walls of VA medical facilities and to help veterans and their caregivers manage their health care. The VA Online Scheduling app lets veterans request and track appointments. The VA Video Connect app secures video visits with the VA care team. The PTSD Coach app gives veterans information […]


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Troy, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 06, 2019 – Disability Law Group paralegals provide support to members of the firm’s Veteran’s Disability and Social Security Disability practice. Disability Law Group represents disabled individuals at varying stages of the application and appeals process before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). Paralegals work alongside the attorneys and case managers to provide support and complete case development for each client with particular emphasis on record review and document drafting. Strong research and writing skills with keen attention to detail are required. Disability Law Group, prides themselves on […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2019 – A congressional report revealed the Social Security Administration (SSA) and seven other federal agencies have failed to adequately defend the personal information of millions of Americans from cyberattacks. The weaknesses in the agencies’ outdated IT systems and lack of basic cybersecurity defenses have left them susceptible to various threats. The report was released by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) led a 10-month review of data on the IT systems and cybersecurity standards of eight federal agencies from the last […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2019 – The Trump Administration is seeking to modify a federal regulation that would lead to thousands of people with disabilities to lose eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments if they are unable to communicate in English. Under the revised policy, the Social Security Administration (SSA) says lack of English proficiency is no longer an obstacle due to the U.S. workforce becoming “more linguistically diverse.” The Trump Administration suggested there are ample jobs available in which speaking, reading or writing English is not a significant factor. “It seems the rule change […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2019 – Social Security trustees released their annual report on April 22 that projected the Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund would remain solvent until 2052, an additional 20 years than previously estimated. The main trust fund for Social Security is Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI). The estimated depletion date for that fund remains unchanged at 2034. However, if money from the disability program was used to cover OASI shortcomings, Social Security would become insolvent by 2035, just a year later than predicted in last year’s report. “The financial health of Social Security depends […]


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Troy, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2019 – On Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Disability Law Group also known as the Law Offices of Kelly, Riggs & Mansour, PLC hosted a Free Community Resource Clinic with the intention of helping the public get their legal questions answered in conjunction with a free health screening. The event took place at the Troy Community Center in room 303. This comprehensive clinic, which was open to the public, provided legal advice on a wide variety of topics. Attorneys Mandy Kelly, Erika Riggs, and Randall Mansour offered their expertise […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2019 – A jury found a trauma surgeon in Shreveport, Louisiana, guilty of stealing Social Security disability benefits totaling over $200,000. He was convicted on a single count of concealing or failing to disclose an event affecting right to a government benefit and 20 counts of theft of government property. The federal jury delivered the guilty verdict in U.S. District Court in Shreveport after about 10 hours of deliberations. Dr. John Owings, 58, was trauma chief at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center. He received disability payments for nine years while simultaneously […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2019 – Social Security Administration (SSA) services remained unaffected during a partial shutdown of the federal government that began on December 22, 2018. SSA benefits recipients continued receiving their disability checks during the shutdown. The SSA was not impacted this time due to a full-year agreement that was reached in September. None of its employees were furloughed unlike during past shutdowns. The agency issued a contingency plan outlining how its essential programs would remain in operation even as some federal workers got furloughed and other programs stopped. “Funding for the programs under Titles […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2019 – A psychiatrist in Hobe Sound, Florida, recently pleaded guilty to Social Security disability fraud and other charges after receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent disability benefits over several years. A federal grand jury indicted Arthur John Kranz on wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of government funds and tax evasion charges in connection with his failure to report his work activity. The U.S. Department of Justice said Kranz started receiving disability payments in 2002 from his private insurance company after filing a claim based on the grounds that he was […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2018 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that beneficiaries will see a 2.8 percent rise in their payments next year due to the cost-of-living adjustment for 2019. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, known as COLA, is based on current and anticipated rates of inflation and mandated by law to be automatic for Social Security benefits. The COLA will take effect on December 31 and in January for around 70 million Americans. It applies to Social Security beneficiaries including disabled workers, retirees and their dependents. “The SSA’s cost-of-living adjustment provides a welcome boost […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2018 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) opened three new offices in order to boost its fraud prevention and investigation efforts for the disability benefits program. The offices are called Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units. They are located in Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The units were established to expand the CDI Program which has 43 offices located in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The nationwide program is the SSA’s leading anti-fraud initiative. “It is reassuring to see that the SSA is proactively taking steps to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2018 – A woman from Tampa, Florida, is facing multiple charges for using fraudulent means to obtain Social Security benefits and workers’ compensation. She allegedly misrepresented her mental and physical health. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Elizabeth Correa collected Social Security disability payments she was not entitled to receive. She was charged with one count each of making a false statement to a federal agency and theft of government funds, three counts of false statement or fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation, and three counts of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2018 – The Office of the Inspector General recently issued a warning about a persistent phone scam devised by individuals claiming to be calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The scheme involves scammers trying to convince people to reveal their personal information such as Social Security details and bank account numbers over the phone. Cases have been documented of callers declaring they are from SSA headquarters and asking individuals to confirm their personal information such as Social Security number, address and birthdate. “The growing reports of such scams mean that people need to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2018 – Lawmakers have criticized the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) recent field office closures across the United States. The agency has closed 10 percent of its field offices nationwide since 2000, which is around 125 locations. Recent closures have included offices in North Baltimore, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia. In addition, SSA has also gotten rid of all 533 contact sites, which served rural areas. Officials explained that the shutdowns were part of the agency’s overall goal to transition to an increased use of online services. “There are certain population groups that are likely […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2018 – The number of individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits is significantly decreasing. The decline marks an unexpected reversal of a decades-long trend that has threatened the program’s solvency and would have led to its culmination sooner than anticipated. The New York Times reported the change is so dramatic that it has caused the Social Security Administration (SSA) to revise its estimates for how long the program will run before its funds are depleted. The government predicted two years ago that it would remain financially secure until 2023. However, SSA suggested in […]


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Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech Company, has opened a new location in Kansas City, Missouri to help lawyers develop effective SEO and marketing plans for their law firms. Kansas City, MO (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2018 – Kansas City lawyers can meet with Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) team members to discuss search engine optimization (SEO) strategies, pay-per-click marketing, website design, branding and more. The new Kansas City location is part of Custom Legal Marketing’s effort to give law firms a local exclusive marketing partner. As Missouri’s biggest city, Kansas City is an increasingly competitive legal market with a large […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 2, 2018 – Social Security retirement benefits and Social Security Disability are regulated by different rules. Consider the case of a man who had a major heart attack, followed by a seizure in the workplace. According to his physicians, he can no longer continue to perform the duties required of him in his profession. Subsequently, the man submitted an application for Social Security Disability in July, and while awaiting a decision, he reached age 62. Upon a denial of his claim, he went to the Social Security office, where the office informed him that […]


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Wilmington, DE (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has opened a strategy center in Wilmington, Delaware, to help attorneys competitively market their firms in an effective and efficient manner. Wilmington, one of the most populous cities in the state, has enormous potential for attorney marketing. As the population continues to increase, competition for legal clients is also bound to get tougher. Custom Legal Marketing’s search engine marketing solutions can help lawyers compete in Wilmington and throughout the State of Delaware. Additionally, Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) offers attorneys a No Competition Guarantee which means […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2018 – Data is king in marketing, and Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has it in spades with its new report and analytics lounge. Launched in January, the Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) Lounge integrates with multiple services and allows law firms to see their entire marketing campaign in a single dashboard. “Law firms deserve to see a clear picture of where their marketing dollars are going,” said Custom Legal Marketing Co-Founder Jason Bland. “CLM has always championed transparency in all its work for its clients.” Indeed, CLM built their original lounge […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2018 – A new scheme is targeting social security recipients nationwide. The Social Security Administration(SSA) and the Office of the Inspector General(OIG) received reports of the “imposter phishing” scam from concerned citizens. One method criminals have been using to trick social security disability recipients into revealing their social security numbers is by calling and pretending to be a Social Security employee. The imposter informs the recipient their social security account has been hacked, and the agency is freezing their SSN assets. They then ask the recipient to provide their social security number, alleging […]


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