Congress Seeks to Waive Five-Month Waiting Period for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in Obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance

Congress is currently working on a bill that would allow people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) more quickly. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and U.S. Congressmen Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Peter King of New York introduced the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act, which would [...]

January 26th, 2017|

What is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Workers who have a significant illness that is diagnosed to last at least a year, or result in death, may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). As a result of the illness, the worker must be in a condition where working is too difficult based on the individual’s education, age, and past employment [...]

January 26th, 2017|

Demographics Affect the U.S. Social Security Disability Program

Recently, The Urban Institute released a report which details demographic data of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Factors such as geographical location, annual household income, and gender of recipients can all affect the program now and in the future. For those eligible for SSDI, the average monthly benefit in 2013 was $1,146.  There is a [...]

January 26th, 2017|

Beneficiaries of the U.S. Social Security Disability Program

Recently, The Urban Institute released a report, which details demographic data of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. The report details the rapid growth of the program over the past 40 years, as well as how recessions have impacted the program. According to the report, the number of participants in the program has steadily grown, reaching nearly 9 [...]

January 26th, 2017|

Non-Cash Assets Can Sink Your SSI Claim

The Social Security Administration has two different programs that are designed to be safety nets for people who are too sick or injured to work. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): SSDI is only available to people who have a sufficient work history. Generally you need to work at least five out of the last 10 [...]

January 26th, 2017|

Social Security Disability Insurance Hearings: What Happens When the Applicant Himself is a No-Show?

Many people applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits have mental disabilities. Mental health problems can impair a person’s functioning, causing crippling anxiety and stress, which is often exacerbated by the inability to work or form social connections. They often become isolated, which worsens their anxiety and can result [...]

January 26th, 2017|

The Real Story on Social Security Disability Fraud

I was disheartened to read a recent article in Forbesmagazine concerning Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) fraud. The piece by Richard Finger was extremely misleading and is likely to give an uninformed reader a very distorted picture of how the SSDI system actually works. The article reads like a propaganda piece written by someone who has no actual [...]

January 26th, 2017|

WWhy the 60 Minutes Segment on Social Security Disability Insurance was Biased and Misleading

As an attorney who represents Social Security Disability applicants on a daily basis, I was very disturbed by a recent 60 Minutes piece, which falsely portrayed the way the Social Security Disability (SSD) system works. The segment was misleading in several ways and failed to provide any sense of balance in its approach to the subject. Here are the issues [...]

January 26th, 2017|

Advocacy in More Ways than One

A Social Security Disability Insurance hearing is not meant to be an adversarial process. In theory, the SSDI system is designed so that an individual can file an application and go through the entire process alone. The reality of the situation is something else entirely. It’s actually very important to have an experienced attorney by [...]

January 26th, 2017|

The Danger of Working “Off the Books”

People in all walks of life are eventually offered the opportunity to work without paying taxes at some point. In addition to being illegal, many have found out that this tactic can come back to hurt them in the long run. Certain professions are more prone to paying “off the books” or “under the table” than [...]

January 26th, 2017|
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