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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 The weaknesses in the agencies’ outdated IT systems and lack of basic cybersecurity defenses have left them susceptible to various threats.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) 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) 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) 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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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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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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2018 – There has been a rise in the risk of identity theft concerning Social Security Administration (SSA) online accounts. This could be due to the fact that over 34 million people currently perform business with the SSA online. Because the agency no longer sends yearly benefit statements via mail, a MySSA account is the only means by which to acquire an estimate of future benefits. Florida social security disability attorney David W. Magann says, “If you qualify for Social Security benefits or will in the near future, it would be to your […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2018 – After a four-year-old girl was denied access to accommodations that were necessary to treat her disability at a Social Security Administration (SSA) office, her mother spoke out for disabilities awareness. The girl suffers from a metabolic disorder that prevents her body from correctly regulating blood sugar; therefore, she experiences a loss of energy rapidly and requires recurrent feedings via a tube in her stomach. As reported by KWTX, the girl’s mother, Terrin Barker-Thomas, said she and her daughter went to the Social Security Administration office in November 2017. Upon attempting to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2017 – Several older Americans who have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will miss a September 30 deadline for enrollment in Medicare Part B and, according to advocates, they will require additional time to make the change. Medicare Part B covers visits to the doctor and outpatient services. Usually when people do not sign up for Medicare Part B upon first becoming eligible at age 65, they must pay late enrollment penalties. They will have to pay this penalty for the length of time they have Part B. The penalties […]


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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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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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) is planning to change how it handles some disability benefits appeals in an effort to reduce the claims backlog. A Senate oversight subcommittee held a hearing on May 12 to discuss SSA adjudication and appeals judges. The agency is transferring the responsibility for thousands of pending cases in certain categories from administrative law judges (ALJs) to federal administrative appeals judges (AAJs) and attorneys from the Social Security’s Appeals Council. They will deal with non-disability related appeals, such as those involving an applicant’s income, age or citizenship […]


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