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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) 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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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2018 – The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) has been engaging in a practice of unlawfully delaying the release of records veterans need to appeal denials of VA disability benefits. Veteran Esquire Legal Solutions, PLLC, has filed a lawsuit to seek judicial assistance in ending this unlawful practice that makes it more difficult for veterans to obtain their benefits, and to obtain the records it needs to represent three veterans seeking VA disability compensation. The lawsuit was filed on February 8, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2017 – Austin-based civil rights and tech attorney Omar W. Rosales scored a second Appellate victory in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Civil Rights case where U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s decision to deny attorney’s fees was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on December 14, 2017 in 17-50109, Deutsch v. Becerra, Inc. Yeakel first denied ADA attorney’s fees and was reversed by the Fifth Circuit on August 29, 2016 in 16-50164, Deutsch v. Becerra, Inc. Yeakel then reduced the fees requested and said that any […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2017 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been taking an inordinate amount of time to make a determination on an individual’s disability benefits. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) admits that this has been a perpetual problem. An investigation conducted by News 6 revealed that it can take a maximum of two years to obtain a hearing before a judge. Some applicants say they have been waiting longer than two years. Tampa, Florida social security disability lawyer, David W. Magann, states “It is highly objectionable that social security applicants are compelled to wait […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2017 – Depression, anxiety and mental health issues pose challenges for many students. Facing the transition from adolescence to young adulthood can trigger or unmask depression or anxiety in some young adults. If your college-bound student is susceptible to depression or anxiety, you should understand the transition process, student and parent rights, and how to seek help in a potential crisis. Join us for a free workshop: How to Transition a Student with Anxiety to College Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Time: 11:30AM – 12:30PM Place: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2017 – While the majority of people would consider buying life insurance, few individuals would contemplate purchasing disability insurance. Although Social Security provides some disability insurance, it is restricted. Social Security disability payments are comparatively small. In 2015, the average monthly disability benefit was just $1,165. But that may be inadequate if it is an individual’s principal source of income. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), an individual is disabled if they are unable to work because of a serious medical condition that has afflicted, or is anticipated to afflict, the person […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2017 – Hundreds of people who previously worked in the coal-mining industry in Kentucky and West Virginia have been embroiled in a fight with the federal government to retain their Social Security Disability (SSD) checks. All of them were represented by a flashy attorney named Eric C. Conn, who referred to himself as “Mr. Social Security.” However, federal officials allege that Conn directed fraudulent claims in the amount of $600 million to this poverty-stricken area of Appalachia, and the government halted the disability payments. The suspension of such payments affected hundreds of Conn’s […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has introduced a controversial new measure to improve website security. Individuals who want to manage their benefits online are now required to provide a cellphone number in order to access their “my Social Security” accounts. In addition to their username and password, users must enter an eight-digit security code sent by a text message to their cellphone. A new code is required each time someone logs on to the SSA website as it is valid for only 10 minutes. Such security practices — known as multifactor […]


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Westchester, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2016 – The Arc of Westchester’s 2016 Golfing for Kids tournament will be held on June 7th. The golfing outing aims to raise funds for the Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development, which provides educational and social support services for children five years old or younger with autism and other special needs, and their families. This year, they are honoring Bernard A. Krooks of Littman Krooks LLP with the Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Krooks is President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2016 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has relaxed its regulations for new accounts that will permit people with disabilities to save money without risking loss of their government benefits. In 2015, the IRS proposed rules governing how accounts created under the Achieve a Better Life Experience (ABLE) would function. However, the agency met with a considerable amount of opposition from disability advocates and state officials who stated that the proposed rules would be unduly onerous. In response, the IRS has issued preliminary guidelines pending release of the final regulations that include less […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2016 – Many veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), but some of them are not being properly diagnosed because of the use of a test by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Consider the case of Army Captain Charles Gatlin, who served as a platoon leader in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2006. A car bomb detonated in close proximity and he was knocked to the ground by the explosion and struck by flying debris. He was evacuated and later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. […]


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Phoenix, AZ (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2015 – Fortunately for those struggling with Social Security Disability claims in Arizona and the Southwest, there is a noteworthy new law firm in town. Disability Attorneys of Arizona: Roeschke Law, LLC, under the leadership of its founder and president, Kiel Roeschke, brings a personalized approach to a complex field. Dedicated to serving his clients with respect as well as skill, Kiel has personally represented over 2,000 claimants during his career as a disability attorney. Well aware that, whatever the similarities, each case is unique, Kiel is committed to providing specialized representation to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2015 – An audit report released on July 1 reveals that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has overpaid almost $17 billion in disability benefits over the past decade, with some individuals still receiving payments despite being ineligible. The audit, issued by the Office of the Inspector General, examined a sample group of 1,532 Americans receiving disability benefits from October 2003 to February 2014. The results indicate that around 50 percent of the people were overpaid. The SSA estimates only $8.1 billion of the $17 billion in overpayments has been recovered, and that it […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Measures would update Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “grid rules” for calculating applicant eligibility. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a trio of bills on May 6 that would change the SSA’s “grid rules,” which are the standards the agency employs to determine an applicant’s eligibility for benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Hatch’s measures would also simplify the benefit process and establish standards for medical evaluation that would be similar to those that Medicare uses. Hatch, who is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said that the SSDI […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2015 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking information from insurance companies and local and state government to ensure an appropriate offset of disability benefits. In April, the SSA forwarded a proposal that, if enacted, will require states, local governments and private insurers to report workers’ compensation benefits to the agency when those benefits affect the offset of the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits that the SSA pays to disability insurance recipients. The proposal was included as part of the SSA’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Overview. Under current law, the SSA […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – In an interview on March 12, David Walker, former comptroller general of the United States, warned that rising costs for Social Security, public pensions and healthcare could jeopardize the nation’s safety net for workers. Walker was the comptroller general of the United States from 1998 to 2008. He served as head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) during the same period. Now, his comments support a recent Social Security Administration (SSA) warning that the Disability Insurance Trust Fund, in particular, could run out of money as early as next year. Walker […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2015 – Obama’s call to redirect money from the Social Security retirement fund to its disability fund is facing resistance in Congress. On February 2, President Obama unveiled his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. The $4 trillion budget includes more than $1 trillion in proposed new tax measures. Prominent among the president’s fiscal proposals is an increase in the Social Security Disability Trust Fund’s share of funding from payroll taxes – an attempt to shore up the finances of an entitlement program that is facing a major shortfall. Under the president’s […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2015 – Coupled with a presidential hopeful’s remarks, the surprise move elevated Social Security as an issue. Republican lawmakers — fresh from midterm elections that delivered the Senate to GOP control and expanded the party’s majority in the House — returned to Capitol Hill in January, energized and eager to forward conservative legislation. And based on an opening day rules change that House Republicans sprung on their Democratic colleagues, it is clear that Social Security will be a major point of contention for the new session. House Republicans signaled their intent to focus […]


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