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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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Discitis and Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits

You may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits if your doctors told you that you have something called discitis. Discitis is a low grade infection in the disc space between your vertebrae. Think of your spinal[caption id="" align="alignright" width="201" caption="Discitis Social Security Disability"][/caption]column as a stack of Oreo cookies, the cookie is the retrieval body and the cream is the disc.Unfortunately, you can develop a low grade infection of the disc which causes severe back pain and is often aggravated by any movement of the spine. This pain will travel to your abdomen, hip, leg and groin and it...

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What does the Social Security Administration consider a “disability” for the purposes of my Social Security Disability application?

What does the Social Security Administration consider a “disability” for the purposes of my Social Security Disability application? The Social Security Administration defines disability as a “physical, mental, medical condition that prevents an individual from working for more than 12 months”. Do you know that disability can be caused for Social Security purposes by an injury or even an illness. If your doctor told you that you will not be able to work for at least 12 months, you should apply for Social Security Disability benefits for more information about the Social Security Disability claim’s process, you can order a complimentary...

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FAQ: What is the Best Way to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Without a doubt, the best way to apply for Social Security Disability benefits is going to the website You can fill out the application and provide the Social Security Administration with medical information such as your diagnosis, medical test results and current medical condition.You can also apply for Social Security Disability benefits by calling 1-800-772-1213 to schedule an appointment, or fill out an application in person at your local Social Security Disability office.Regardless of which method you use to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, be prepared to have a list of your employers that you worked for the...

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What Every State Legislature Can Do to Protect ERISA Disability Policy Holders

ERISA disability policies hide behind an important clause in their long term disability policy in justifying their claims denial, that’s called a “discretionary clause”, a discretionary clause gives all the power to the long term disability carrier to deny your benefits. Courts will defer to the long term disability carriers decision making it very difficult for wrongfully denied long term disability policy holders to win their case.Many states are now tempting to use their power to regulate the insurance industry by banning discretionary clauses and policies issued in the state. These include states like Washington, California, and Texas.We in Florida...

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Long Term Disability Insurance Carriers Will Deny Your Claim by Mis-Classifying Your Occupation

It is not uncommon for long term disability carriers to have a vocational evaluator determine that your occupation is sedentary in nature and then, in turn allege that your medical records can’t support your inability to[caption id="" align="alignright" width="173" caption="Occupation Long Term Disability"][/caption]perform the full time functions of a sedentary occupation.The vocational evaluator, together with an internal physician peer review, will determine that your restriction and limitations and qualify you for a sedentary occupation. Why? If you are capable of engaging in at least a sedentary occupation, you are not entitled to long term disability benefits.It is important in appealing...

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Obama’s 6 Social Security Principles From US News

In a USNews article on President Obama's 6 Social Security Principles, he states his opinion about the Social Security reform."For a program everyone agrees is not in crisis, there sure are a lot of proposals swirling around to "reform" Social Security. There are even a lot of non-proposals, some of which you can find in President Obama's just-released 2012 recommended federal budget."His 6 Prinicples from the article are:•Any reform should strengthen Social Security for future generations and restore long-term solvency.•The Administration will oppose any measures that privatize or weaken the Social Security system.•While all measures to strengthen solvency should be...

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You Do Not Have to Have Spinal Surgery to be Entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits

There are many causes of back problems that include spinal stenosis, ankylosis spondylitis and degenerative disc disease, that can be just as painful, if not more than having undergone back surgery for a herniated disc.[caption id="" align="alignright" width="196" caption="Spinal Injury"][/caption]Winning a Social Security Disability claim based on spinal stenosis, ankylosis spondylitis and degenerative disc disease can be difficult because the  ocial Security Administration really does a poor job considering how your pain impacts your ability to function.Sharon Barrett, St. Petersburg Florida Social Security Disability attorney, will help you understand that it is important in any Social Security Disability claim that...

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