Social Security Disability

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Three Big Differences Between SSI and SSDI

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are both federal programs that provide cash payments to people who meet the federal definition of "disabled." But the similarities between...more

Can you work and still collect Social Security Disability?

Many Illinois residents who receive Social Security Disability would rather work than rely entirely on benefits. However, the risk of benefit loss can be a deterrent for individuals who cannot work enough to support...more

Think Carefully Before Giving Gift Cards to an SSI Recipient

The holidays are here and most families are busy shopping for gifts for their loved ones. According to the National Retail Federation, gift cards are once again expected to be the most popular gift given because they are easy...more

Using the SSA blue book to determine disability

Chicago residents who suffer from disabling conditions often think their impairments clearly qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, many SSD claims are denied because of the Social Security Administration’s...more

Epilepsy may qualify for Social Security Disability

About 1 in 26 Americans will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition currently affects 2.3 million Americans, including many Chicago residents....more

What does a telephone interview with a Social Security claims representative involve?

For people seeking Social Security Disability benefits, a telephone interview is often the most convenient or physically feasible option. However, many Illinois applicants do not know what to expect from this interview....more

CFPB Issues Guidance to Help Lenders Avoid Fair Lending Risk

On November 19, the CFPB issued a press release highlighting the publication of its compliance bulletin, “Social Security Disability Income Verification.” The compliance bulletin reminds lenders that requiring consumers...more

Class Representative’s Motion To Remand For Insufficient Amount In Controversy Doesn’t Add Up

A Kentucky federal court recently ruled that a class plaintiff may not defeat removal by understating the aggregate amount in controversy alleged in her complaint....more

New medical evidence proposal for Social Security Disability

It is common knowledge that applying for Social Security Disability is not an easy process. Any kind of mistake made on the application or missing information can lead to a denial and a lengthy appeal. Currently less than...more

Social Security Disability Trust Fund Will Be Empty in Less Than Two Years

If Congress doesn't act, the trust fund that provides a significant portion of federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will run dry in 2016, according to testimony at a recent hearing of the Senate...more

Is the Claimant entitled to attorney fees when the government asserts an unreasonable position?

In Tobeler v. Colvin, 2014 DJDAR 4845 (2014), the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit overturned the trial court’s decision rejecting a claim for attorney fees. ...more

ERISA – 9th Circuit: Are There Advantages To De Novo Review Versus Arbitrary And Capricious Review?

You already know that plans that contain “discretionary language” should enjoy a more deferential review by the trial court. But when the plan administrator decides and funds the benefit decision, courts view this as a...more

The Powers and Responsibilities of Representative Payees

Do you have a friend or loved one who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and is unable to manage her payments? If so, you can request that the Social Security...more

Nevada Workers' Comp and Social Security Disability

I asked attorney Gerald Welt, Esq., if he would provide me with a guest blog post on how workers' compensation interacts with the receipt of Social Security Disability benefits, and his office sent me the following general...more

ERISA – 11th Cir. — Social Security Determinations Issued AFTER Initial Claim Denial Must Be Considered?

You already know that a Social Security disability (SSDI) decision should be considered in the context of deciding whether the claimant is disabled under the terms of the disability policy....more

Recent Developments in New Jersey Product Liability Law

As 2014 begins, it is important to note the developments in New Jersey law over the past year that may affect product liability litigation. Two of the more interesting decisions rendered during the past year are Town of...more

Plaintiff May Not Use Social Security Disability Determination To Prove Disability In Personal Injury Case

A New Jersey Appellate Division Court holds that the plaintiffs were precluded from utilizing a Social Security Administration disability determination in a personal injury action. ...more

Social Security Disability v Supplemental Security Income

If you are disabled and unable to work, understanding the programs available to assist you is important. Two of the largest federal programs are Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)....more

Understanding The Social Security Disability Appeals Process

Our firm is focused on relieving the hardship experienced by our clients either through experienced representation in personal injury matters or by helping you apply for needed workers’ compensation or Social Security...more

ERISA Legal News - 1st Quarter, 2013 • Volume 4, Number 1

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Update: Where Plan Reimbursement Or Recovery Terms Are Ambiguous Or Silent,Equitable Doctrines May Fill The Gaps: US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen, 569 U.S. ___ (2013). In an...more

Americans Score More Easily Seeking Social Security Disability— Reasons Why Social Security Findings Could Be Rejected by ERISA...

The claimant seeking long term disability benefits under your ERISA Plan was found to be disabled by the Social Security Administration....more

Number of Employees on Disability Has Doubled in 20 Years

Yesterday, Jordan Weissman’s excellent article, “Disability Insurance: America’s $124 Billion Secret Welfare Program,” published March 25, 2013 in The Atlantic, explains how the number of former workers enrolled in Social...more

Qualifying Psychological Conditions For SSD

If you or a child in your custody suffers from a severe psychological condition, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) from the federal government. Both adults and children are eligible to apply, but...more

What You Need To Show To Be Successful in SSD

To increase your odds of being approved for Social Security Disability benefits, you should make sure that you provide as much relevant information as possible. The more information you can give, the more likely you are to be...more

Why You Need A Lawyer For Your SSD Case

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a government benefit program that may be available to American citizens who can no longer work due to permanent physical or emotional disability. At a minimum, you must meet the following...more

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