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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

 


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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

 


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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

 


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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

 


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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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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Report Reveals Disabled Workers In NYC Paid 20% Less


Disabled people in New York City have a much higher unemployment rate than their non-disabled counterparts. Those that do have a job make significantly less money than their peers. This information is not surprising to those of us who advocate for disabled individuals, but it is still sobering to see hard data on something we have long suspected.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

SSD and Migraines


Can I receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits if I am a chronic migraine sufferer?

Migraines are severe headaches often accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, along with nausea. They may last for hours or even days. Migraines are considered the third most prevalent illness in the world, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. About one in four households in the United States are home to a migraine sufferer. Migraines range in severity and can be quite debilitating.
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Monday, November 11, 2019

Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


What is the difference between SSI and SSDI benefits?

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program was created in 1972 by the Social Security Amendments during the Nixon administration.  It began serving the public in 1974. The SSI program is funded through the U.S. Treasury general fund, rather than the Social Security trust fund.
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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Benefits of Setting Up a my Social Security Account


We carry around phones that have more computing power than the Apollo spacecraft. Speakers in our home can order us pizza. Cars may soon be able to drive us around while we spend our time on the road doing other things. It is truly a remarkable time to be alive. 

One entity that has not kept up with changing technology is the government, but that may be changing.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Beware Scammers Impersonating Social Security Personnel


Do you remember when we thought telemarketers calling during dinner was the worst thing about having a phone? Now, we are bombarded with junk calls from autodialers who at best want to sell us something, but more often than not are trying to steal our identities or scam us. 

People who are applying for Social Security Disability benefits are a popular target for fraudsters because they know applicants are anxious to get their benefits and are used to sharing lots of personal information about themselves. 

The Scammer’s Script 

Scam artists will call and say they work for the Social Security Administration (SSA).
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