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Monday, May 24, 2021

Virtual Hearings May Be The New Normal


When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Social Security Administration (SSA) shut down all of its offices. When it became clear that this thing was not going to be over in two weeks, the SSA reopened virtually. In person disability benefit hearings are still on hold, but applicants have the option of doing a telephone hearing or an online video hearing.
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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Are My Disability Benefits Taxable?


They say there is nothing sure in this life but death and taxes. But it is still somewhat surprising that some Social Security disability benefits are taxable. The Seelig Law team knows every dollar counts when you are a Manhattan area resident relying on Social Security disability benefits, so we are ready to help you maximize your benefits and minimize the amount of taxes you pay on them.
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Monday, April 26, 2021

Paperwork Problems Plague Disability Applicants


The number one reason the Social Security Administration denies disability applicants from Manhattan is problems with paperwork. That’s why the Seelig Law Group spends so much time making sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed before we submit our client’s disability claim forms.

Zero Tolerance For Mistakes

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is very strict.
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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Is Long-Haul COVID-19 A Disability?


The rollout of vaccines that protect against the most severe cases of SARS-CoV-2 has given us a light at the end of a tunnel. But as things return to normal for most of us in the New York City region, there are still a significant number of people struggling to heal from their bout with COVID-19.

COVID long-haulers are those who are stuck dealing with symptoms of the disease for months on end. At the Seelig Law Group, we are advocating for Read more . . .


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Can Those with Low IQ Qualify for SSD Benefits?


Everyone’s level of intelligence is different, but for those who have a lower intelligence quotient (IQ), life can prove more difficult. Whether one’s low IQ is caused by a learning disorder, a traumatic brain injury (TBI), oxygen deprivation, a stroke, or any other contributing factor, individuals with a lower IQ often struggle to find substantial employment – or even employment at all.

Since there are not enough jobs for individuals who have a lower IQ, it can make it very difficult for these individuals to make enough money to make ends meet and survive. For this reason, those who have lower IQ and are unable to work can apply to receive Read more . . .


Monday, March 29, 2021

Can Your “Invisible Illness” Qualify as a Disability?


Living with a disability can be difficult enough when others can recognize it. But when you are living with an “invisible” disability, it can be even harder as visibility often helps others to recognize your necessary accommodations.

What many people fail to understand is that a disability is not made less severe just because others can’t see it. Sometimes invisible illnesses impact individuals’ lives even more than those that are visible.

One of the problems is that invisible illnesses cannot be detected through blood or another diagnostic testing.


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Friday, February 26, 2021

“In New York City, obesity is epidemic.” - New York City Department of Health


More than half of all adult New Yorkers are overweight or obese. Suffering from this condition diminishes your quality of life, and puts you at increased risk of developing a number of other health issues.
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Sanitation Workers Face Lots Of On-The-Job Danger


According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, serving as a sanitation worker is the fifth most dangerous job in America. It, therefore, makes sense that New York State Retirement Law provides New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) workers Read more . . .


Friday, January 29, 2021

Can Student Loans Be Forgiven if You’re a Recipient of SSD Benefits?


Unfortunately, many students walk away from their secondary education with not only a degree but also fifteen to twenty years’ worth of debt. But although student loans can be financially draining, most individuals are able to eventually pay them off. However, this is not the case for many individuals whose lives change due to an illness or an accident that leaves them unable to work. Fortunately, there is the option of loan disability discharge, which is tax-free for certain individuals and more widely accepted than ever before. Could you qualify for student loan Read more . . .


Thursday, January 28, 2021

5 Common Reasons Your Claim for SSD Benefits May Be Denied


When you are struggling with a disability that prevents you from working, the thought of how you will pay your bills can be overwhelming. Luckily, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can help immensely. But although such benefits would make all the difference, the Social Security Administration (SSA) only approves about one-third of all applications on the first go.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Do I Need To Be A Citizen To Qualify For Supplemental Security Income?


From its earliest days, New York City has been a city of immigrants. The Seelig Law Group is proud to call this city, the home of the Statue of Liberty and many vibrant communities of people who have moved here to create a better life for themselves our home as well.

The American Dream is a powerful motivator that draws many people to our shores, but it is not accessible to everyone. Just like citizens, legal aliens sometimes fall on hard times and need assistance meeting their basic needs. One of the programs they can turn to under certain circumstances is the Read more . . .


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