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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 in an applicant becoming too nervous to appear at his or her own SSDI or SSI hearing. Generally, when a [...]

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 knowledge of the day-to-day functioning of the SSDI program – and who is simply trying to score some political points. [...]

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 that troubled me most about the segment: The show implied that the large increase in the number of claims is [...]

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 your side. The entire process can be nerve-wracking: Answering questions before a judge is just one part of the hearing [...]

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 others, including: Home health aides Waiters and waitresses Janitorial workers Mechanics Individuals can easily conceal their income in the industries [...]

A Pair of Paperwork Powerhouses

A dedicated and capable support staff is the backbone of any great law office. At Alegria & Barovick LLP, we recognize the difference an excellent support staff make. While attorneys can handle the legal strategies employed, it is the support staff who keep things running smoothly and anticipate potential issues before they become real problems. In our practice, we handle a great deal of Social Security Disability cases and these often require reviewing a client’s [...]

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