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.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued its annual announcement detailing upcoming changes to its program for 2018. I have previously discussed the Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) and the resulting possible effects on Social Security recipients in my last blog entry, so today I thought I’d go over some other changes the agency has in store for us. New Income and Tax Caps The Maximum Taxable Earnings number, which is the capped amount of income that may be subjected to the SSA tax, was increased to $128,400 (not the previously reported $128,700) for 2018, up from this year’s $127,200. This figure is determined by W2s provided…Read More
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that it would be passing along a roughly two percent Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) to about 60 plus million Social Security recipients next year. While two percent may seem a bit modest, it is fortunately the largest such increase in benefits over the last five years. I guess you could say it is better than nothing, which was exactly what the COLA was in 2009, 2010 and 2015. The 2018 figure will be the largest increase since 2011’s 3.6% and 2008’s 5.8% respectively. Since 2010 (including 2018’s number), the COLA has averaged about 1.2 percent a year. For…Read More
Kentucky Social Security Administration (SSA) disability attorney Eric Conn is still on the run. He’s apparently changed his appearance somewhat according to the latest Wanted By The FBI poster, having shaven his head and he also appears to have lost weight. Just prior to sentencing, Conn cut off his ankle bracelet and fled the area. He was last spotted in New Mexico this past July. At one poin,t the FBI was starting to think he had possibly fled the country, possibly even to Cuba. Regardless — but not surprisingly — he was sentenced in absentia to the 12-year maximum he had been facing by U.S. District Judge Danny…Read More
In my blog today, I thought I would discuss generally who is eligible for Social Security retirement and work-related disability benefits. There are other forms of Social Security benefits available out there by way of the Social Security Act and its subsequent amendments, but I’ll focus on just these two types today, which are codified in 42 USC Ch. 7: Social Security for those interested in specific details. Eligibility Currently, there are about 170 million people out of a total population of roughly 320 million in the United States that qualify for one program or the other. According to Social Security, of the adults drawing some…Read More
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