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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Just Because Social Security Offices Are Closed Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Apply For Disability


On March 17, 2020 the Social Security Administration closed all of its local offices in order to protect its employees and the people it serves from the coronavirus. As the agency points out in its closure notification, the population it serves is made up of older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions, so limiting in-person interaction is prudent during the pandemic.

However, this does not mean that the federal agency as a whole has shut down.
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Monday, May 18, 2020

Applying For Disability After Workers’ Comp


Workers’ compensation benefits are great. Here in New York, the law requires that workers’ comp provide you with medical benefits and some income while you recover from an on-the-job injury. But what happens when those benefits run out before you have completely healed? What happens if you will never heal?

In these scenarios, you should consider applying for disability.
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Monday, April 20, 2020

Tax Relief for Disabled First Responders


Engraved on the exterior of the IRS headquarters is this simple phrase: “Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” Attributed to United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; the quote is a reminder that the many benefits we enjoy as citizens of the United States come at a cost. We all give a portion of our income to the government so that we may drive on safe roads and bridges, send our kids to public school, take a walk in a park, and receive government benefits like

 


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Friday, April 17, 2020

Will I Get a Coronavirus Stimulus Check If I'm Collecting Disability Benefits?


The IRS is providing most adults in the United States with $1,200 stimulus payments, following Congress's passage of the CARES Act (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). This includes people who receive Read more . . .


Monday, March 23, 2020

Proposed Changes to SSDI Present a Problem


The Social Security Administration, at the request of President Trump, has proposed some major changes to two of its core programs, Read more . . .


Friday, March 20, 2020

Working While You Wait On Disability Benefits Is A Risk You Might Have To Take


Tom Petty sang that “the waiting is the hardest part,” and boy was he right. When you are trying to figure out how to move forward with your life after becoming disabled, waiting on the Social Security Administration to decide if your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Read more . . .


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

ABLE Accounts Can Help Break Down Barriers To Disability Benefits


As attorneys that focus a lot of our time and attention on helping people in New York City tap into disability benefits, we are used to cutting through red tape. We can jump through bureaucratic hoops and shuffle mountains of paperwork with the best of them. But there are certain barriers to benefits that we can’t overcome.

In a high-income, high cost of living area like Manhattan, financial barriers to benefits are often the most challenging limitations to overcome. There’s nothing quite so ridiculous as realizing you or your disabled loved one cannot tap into vital government benefits like Read more . . .


Friday, February 14, 2020

You Never Forget Your First… Meeting With A Disability Benefits Attorney


When you took your first steps, your parents cheered you on. Before going on your first date, you stocked up on breath mints. Your first day on the job, you worked hard to learn everyone’s name. You are an expert at firsts. But you may not know how to prepare for your first meeting with a Read more . . .


Friday, January 17, 2020

Can I Get Both Workers' Comp & Social Security Disability?


The short answer to this question is yes. The more lawyerly answer is — it depends. Whether you can collect both workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability depends on the type and severity of the injury you have suffered.

What is workers’ comp?

Workers’ compensation (also called workers’ comp or workmans' comp) is a type of Read more . . .


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Am I Eligible for NYSLRS Benefits?


One of the hallmarks of the American system of government is the division of power between cities, counties, states, and the feds. Divided sovereignty protects citizens from power being too concentrated in the hands of a few politicians, and allows for regional differences and quirks.

However, the responsibilities and tasks assigned to each level of government are sometimes mixed-up and overlapping. This can make it confusing when you are trying to figure out what level of government or government agent you are supposed to be dealing with when you need access to benefits or answers to a specific question. We see this often in the world of disability benefits.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

On Throwing Starfish: Helping Adults Disabled Before the Age of 22 Tap into the Benefits They Need


New York City’s Office for People with Disabilities estimates that around 1 million New Yorkers, or roughly 11.2% of the city’s population, live with a disability.
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