A Look At Social Security Disability Decisions In 2016

Many times before we have mentioned in this blog how difficult it can be to prove a disabled worker is unable to work and qualify for benefits, but by looking all the decisions Social Security issued in 2016 this really illuminates how difficult it can be. There are basically five different situations where Social Security… Read more »

The Evidentiary Requirements Of A Disability Claim

At the beginning of this year Social Security made a number of changes to its Adult Listings, know as Part A in determining the severity of disabilities for the purposes of disability claims, but it also made significant changes to the listings of impairments the impact children. The two major changes deal with Mental Disorders… Read more »

Does Social Security Protect Your Private Information Well?

How Social Security goes about protecting private information was the subject of a congressional hearing May 26, 2016 in relation to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) releasing an audit report that showed Social Security needs to do a better job of protecting private information like Social Security numbers, financial and private medical information of… Read more »

A New Claim While Appeals Council Claim Is Pending

Several years ago the Social Security Administration changed a policy related to disability claims. Prior to this change a disability claimant could have an active claim at the Appeals Council and could file a new claim while that decision is pending. Typically Appeals Council decisions can take up to 18 months to receive and there… Read more »

Too Many People Die While Waiting For Social Security Disability

I came across a story this month about a Louisiana man who was recently arrested for fraudulently receiving Social Security disability payments for the last year while he was working and earning substantial income, which is a big NO-NO. When a person receives Social Security disability they are claiming that they are unable to work… Read more »

Is Social Security Disability Going Bankrupt?

For many years now there has been a lot of talk about both the Social Security retirement and disability programs going broke. We have heard about when both programs will run out of money if nothing is done to change it, so it is important to know that Congress held hearings on the issue a… Read more »

What is a Vocational Expert?

A huge sigh of relief usually follows the notification that a claimant’s Social Security disability hearing is scheduled. Finally, it gives a claimant a chance to have their “day in court” to prove they deserve either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Sometimes that relief is soon replaced with trepidation… Read more »

Will I Have to Speak at My Disability Hearing?

As a case manager, when I have to inform our clients at Greeman Toomey about hearings before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), a common question that is asked is if a claimant has to speak at the hearing. The answer is, if the ALJ wants to hear from you, you are going to have to… Read more »

The Problem With SSI Applications

 Social Security has, for quite some time now, attempted to provide more services online so that people don’t have to face long wait times standing in line at a Social Security office or on hold when they call Social Security. Not everyone has Internet access, but most people do and would rather attempt to access… Read more »

Millennials Should Care About Social Security As Much As Anyone

When you are young and in the prime of your life one of the last things you are probably thinking about is old age and retirement, but it’s really never too early to think about securing your future. Today’s Millennial Generation is finding it difficult to get a career started, so topics like retirement and… Read more »