Social Security Disability Help and Information
Getting social security disability benefits isn't easy. Whether you are just starting out in your application process, or you have already faced your first denial, the process takes time and energy. You are entitled to social security disability benefits if you are no longer able to work because of a disability, but proving this disability to the social security administration often takes perseverance. Many people get denied during their initial claim and have to file an appeal in order to get the benefits they deserve.
If you have applied for social security disability benefits and you need to file an appeal, working closely with an attorney to help you get all of the right paperwork in on time is essential. A lawyer experienced in social security disability law will help you get your claim and appeal done in a way that is acceptable to social security.
Believe it or not, North Alabama has been, at least until very recently, a contender for the nation’s leader in terms of frivolous opioid pain killer prescriptions. Per an earlier plea agreement, on February 7, 2017, Dr. Shelinder Aggarwal, formerly of the Chronic Pain Services clinic in Huntsville, Alabama, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for illegally prescribing these drugs and engaging in about $9.5 million in Medicare and other insurance fraud. The sentence also included a fine that was levied against Dr. Aggarwal to the tune of some $6.7 million, in addition to requiring him to reimburse Medicare and Blue Cross Blue…Read More
In my last blog entry I discussed Kentucky Social Security Administration (SSA) disability attorney Eric Conn’s guilty plea and fine for a variety of misdeeds relating to his SSA disability practice. It was the latest of several, as I have covered a number of other aspects relating to the case in earlier blog entries (here and here). As part of Conn’s plea deal, on June 5, 2017 he was scheduled to testify against his alleged co-conspirators. Apparently he had other plans. Conn Flees Conn had been on house arrest since his March 24, 2017 plea, a component of which required…Read More
In previous blog entries, I have detailed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) corruption case against Kentucky attorney Eric Conn, Huntington West Virginia Office of Adjudication and Review’s (ODAR’s) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) David Daugherty and Dr. Alfred Adkins for allegedly conspiring together to defraud the U.S. government out of millions of dollars by way of fixing Social Security Administration (SSA) disability claims. Conn Pleads Guilty Well, with the now ironically-named Conn’s guilty plea last March, I can remove that “allegedly” qualifier for his case. He pled guilty to single counts of theft of government money and payment of gratuities and…Read More
This past Wednesday former Social Security Administration (SSA) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Paul Stribling Conger Jr. was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for trading sex for disability benefits. In legal terms, he had pled guilty last October to theft of government property, obstructing justice and accepting a gratuity. ALJ Conger had operated out of the Birmingham Office of Adjudication and Review (ODAR) for a number of years up until 2014, and had occupied a bench in family court for an even longer period. He was also disbarred last week for good measure. According to the news…Read More
As I predicted in my in my January 25, 2017 blog entry, President Donald Trump signed off on the repeal of former President Barack Obama’s gun control initiative last February 28, 2017. The House of Representatives was first to act, voting 235-180 earlier in the month on the measure, with the Senate following suit a short time later 57-43. Both votes were largely along party lines. Mental Defectives Allowed to Purchase Firearms What this means is that no longer will the order’s unfortunately-termed “mental defectives,” among other groups cited, be subjected to scrutiny when they attempt to purchase firearms by…Read More
In my June 8, 2016 blog, I talked a bit about the connection between Social Security (SSA) disability benefits and gun control, essentially that if a person is drawing SSA disability benefits for a mental health issue, among other things, it will pop up on the background check and those individuals may be legally prohibited from purchasing a firearm. Mental Defectives The initiative described these people as “mental defectives” in the program’s final rules published this past December. The program came about as the result of an executive action by former President Barack Obama, and is set to become active…Read More
I have mentioned the “listings” several times in my past blog entries as they relate to Social Security disability. If you recall, when evaluating disability applications, the Social Security Administration employs a five-step sequential process to determine if an individual meets several required benchmarks to be awarded benefits. Social Security Act “Listings” The first two, whether an individual is working and has he or she been diagnosed with a severe impairment, are usually easily enough determined. The third step is where the process gets tricky: Does an individual have a severe impairment that meets or equals a “listing?” 1.04 Disorders…Read More
Social Security benefits are exempt from just about all creditor collection efforts but, unfortunately not the U.S. Department of Education. In fact, current law provides that student loan borrowers who are 50 years old or older and have defaulted on their student loan debt are required to repay the student loan debt with a portion of their social security benefits. A report issued earlier this month by the United States Government Accountability Office regarding social security offsets shows that thousands of older Americans Social Security benefits are being garnished to pay on defaulted student loans. Many have owed these loans…Read More
Simply put, the “grids” are a short-hand way to refer to Appendix 2 to Subpart P of Part 404-Medical-Vocational Guidelines of the Social Security Act. As I have discussed in past blog entries, the application and appeals process when pursuing disability benefits can be a long one, often including hearings and other trying events. However, on the rare occasion that a claimant grades out by way of the “grids,” they may be awarded benefits without having to go through that lengthy process. That means no hearings! What Are The “Grids”? The “grids” are just that, a sort of flow chart…Read More
The short answer is yes, no and maybe. As I have discussed in my previous blog posts, our bankruptcy practice often syncs neatly with our Social Security disability practice. Another aspect I have touched on as well is Social Security retirement itself, what is it, what numbers and figures we are talking about and so on. I often see individuals during the lengthy process between applying for and actually being awarded disability benefits reach the age where they can file for retirement benefits “early” while still waiting on the outcome of their appeal, just as eligible non-disabled individuals can. While…Read More