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NEW VIDEO HEARING REQUIREMENTS FROM SOCIAL SECURITY

The Social Security Administration published a notice on November 15th that they propose to enter a rule regarding the appearance of Claimants and Representatives at Social Security hearings. Currently, SSA allows you to decide whether you wish to appear in person or by video hearing. They are proposing to do away with this option. This change would affect all Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and any hearings with Disability Hearing Officers on continuing disability claims. 

Disability Reconsideration in Alabama

In October 1999, the Social Security Administration began testing the Disability Redesign Prototype model in 10 states, including Alabama. This prototype model eliminated the reconsideration process and sent initial determination appeals on disability issues to the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) for a hearing. This eliminated a step in the disability process.

What Happens to Social Security Disability Benefits during a Government Shutdown?

As of January 2, 2019, the United States government has been partially shut down for 11 days. A partial government shutdown means that around 25% of the United States federal government has no funding. While parts of the government have been funded and will remain open, 9 of 15 federal agencies have not been funded and around 800,000 federal employees are going without pay.  These agencies include the Department of Homeland Security, Justice, Housing, Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, and the Treasury.

Disabled Widow's Benefits

A disabled widow's benefit is paid to the disabled spouse of a deceased worker who had earned enough Social Security credits. In order to receive disabled widow's benefits, the widow (or widower) must meet the following requirements:

What Is a "Closed Period" In a Social Security Disability Case?

Most people who apply for Social Security Disability are alleging that they are disabled and will continue to be unable to work for an indefinite amount of time.  However, here in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, it is not uncommon for a Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income case to take up to two years from start to finish.  During this wait time, some people recover from their disabling condition and are able to return to work.  What happens to his or her case when this happens? 

Holidays can be Difficult for Those Filing for Disability

The holidays can be especially taxing for those without income. Many already struggle with providing every day food and medications for themselves or loved ones. With the holidays, comes a time, when family and friends, especially children, expect gifts that some just may not be able to afford. This is especially true for people filing claims for Social Security Disability and facing lengthy wait times on their claims.

Can I receive worker's compensation & Social Security Disability?

Though there has been much discussion of this topic over the years, the answer is yes. A claimant may draw both Worker's Compensation, as well as Social Security Disability benefits simultaneously. However, there are some restrictions, and laws differ by state.

A roadmap to Social Security disability benefits

It is helpful for disabled individuals to know how to go about seeking Social Security disability benefits. Social Security disability benefits are important benefits for many disabled individuals and their families so having a plan for how to approach the application process can be useful.

Retirement age for SSD benefits, regular Social Security differs

As Alabama residents, family members and friends begin to approach retirement age, we start to think more about retirement benefits and financial options. For those who are not suffering from a debilitating injury or illness, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are not usually on their mind. However, if one does have an injury that makes it difficult or impossible to work, Social Security Disability Benefits for injuries should be on their radar.

Don't drain your savings account after an accident injury

When a person in Alabama is down-on-their-luck, what does this mean exactly? Really, it can be anything that is throwing a person's life out of whack. For some, this means life-altering injury. An injury affects a person's health and well-being, and thus affects every facet of their life.

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