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Shocking Attack on Social Security Disability Benefits by the Former Director of the Office of OMD

In a shocking editorial by Peter Orzak, the former White House director of OMD, Orzak has created the image of the “disability claimant” arguing that there are people who qualify for SSI that have, until now, avoided applying because they were able to find work. Now that they have lost their jobs or cannot find work, people who have qualified for SSI are now taking legal advantage of their rights to get SSI.Orzak thinks that once you apply for Social Security Disability benefits you have “lost all the desire to work and just hang around in wheel chairs instead of...

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How the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Addresses Long Term Disability Carriers Right to Recover Social Security Offsets

The long term disability carriers right to recover for Social Security over payments is a complicated one.In Popski vs. Parrott (Florida 61 f 3d 1367, 1369 (11th Cir. 2006)), the 11th Circuit which has jurisdiction over cases in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, compared two plans that had the language for reimbursement under ERISA section 503(a)(3). Interestingly enough, of the first plan payment, “any amount recovered by Covered Person whether or not designated as payment for medical expenses” and “clarify that the covered person had to repay the claim to benefits paid on their behalf while recovering from a third party...

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Can long term disability Carriers sue me for a refund of my long term disability benefits?

Can long term disability Carriers sue me for a refund of my long term disability benefits? Unfortunately, one of the techniques that long term disability carriers seem to be using these days is to terminate long term disability benefits and then attempt to sue policy holders asking for a refund of benefits. Saying that they were “defrauded” This is just one of the many games that long term disability carriers will play to rob you of your peace of mind.If the long term disability carrier is seeking a refund of all the long term disability benefits paid, contact long term disability...

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Why You Should Have an Attorney if the Administrative Law Judge is going to Call a Vocational Expert

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Why? The vocational experts testimony about your ability to do the lightest job you’ve held in the fifteen years, your transferable skills, and whether or not a job exists in the mythical national economy that you might becapable of performing given your age, education, transferable skills is not for the faint of heart. You need to be able to identify quickly the elements of your illness and symptoms including pain and side effects of medication that might impact on your ability to work. Unfortunately, most Social Security Disability applicants are ill and really can’t focus their time or energy...

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One of the Reasons a Long Term Disability Carrier Can Deny Your Benefits Based on Your Facebook Account

Long term disability carriers will do anything they can to find a reason to deny your long term disability benefits.They will often have you fill out an activity of daily living form, asking you what you can and cannot do on a daily basis. The long term disability carrier will then check social networking sites to see if there is any inconsistencies between what you put on your activity of daily living form and what your postings shows.Anything that you’ve posted is going to end up in the hands of a long term disability carrier. Don’t destroy your long term...

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What’s a Concurrent Social Security Disability Application?

What’s a Concurrent Social Security Disability Application? Many times the Social Security Administration will take a Social Security Disability and SSI application. This is known as a “concurrent application”. It happens when a Social Security Disability applicant is covered and insured under Social Security Disability benefits but their projected Social Security Disability benefit amount is less that what you would get for SSI.A concurrent application is taken to make sure that you receive a certain minimum monthly benefit. If you have any questions about your concurrent Social Security Disability application, give us a call today to discuss your claim....

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The Two Ways to Submit a Winning Social Security Disability Application

You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits online or at the Social Security Disability office. Regardless of where you apply, there are two secrets to creating a Social Security Disability application.You should supply complete information about your medical treatment sources including their name and address.After your Social Security Disability claim is taken at the St. Petersburg Social Security Disability office, it is transferred and assigned to a disability examiner. The job of the examiner is to do:Request your medical records. Wait for your records to arrive. Read and evaluate those records. Render a decision on the claim.You medical records are key to...

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Did you know that Social Security Disability is also a form of government insurance?

Yes! Look at your pay check, you will see that there are withholdings called FICA. A FICA withholding is a form of payment that goes towards insuring you for Social Security Disability purposes.You have to have paid in twenty out of the last forty quarters to have earned enough “coverage” for the Social Security Disability claims process....

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If You Are Having Communication Problems with your Social Security Disability Attorney, It is time to Change Attorneys

Sharon Barrett, former staff Social Security Disability attorney in Tampa office, knows that communication with your attorney is crucial. If you are not getting updates from your Social Security Disability attorney or find it difficult to get information from your Tampa Bay Social Security Disability attorney, you should consider changing Social Security Disability attorneys.Please understand however, many Social Security Disability attorneys have full hearing schedules and sometimes they may get clogged up.Sharon Barrett, has a highly trained staff of Social Security Disability paralegals who can assist you with any questions that you may have about your Tampa Bay Social Security...

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Can a Long Term Disability Carrier in Florida Take my Social Security Disability Benefits that I Receive in a Lump Sum?

Can a Long Term Disability Carrier in Florida Take my Social Security Disability Benefits that I Receive in a Lump Sum? No! In Herman vs. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (689 f supp 2d 1316 (MD Florida 2010)), Ms. Hermann did not have to pay back Metropolitan Life’s claimed lien resulting in her receipt of Social Security Disability benefits. Ms. Herman had “dissipated” or spent the long term disability benefits that had been paid in the past, she had no traceable funds in her possession. The only recovery that Metropolitan Life could potentially make was from Social Security benefits. However, by law,...

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