Qualifications to obtain SSD benefits from the SSA.

Calling the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) office is unlikely to help you understand whether or not you qualify for Social Security Disability. This is because when you call the SSA office you will be speaking with a service representative,...

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Credit for Work and Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration requires that you have earned enough "work credits" in the past  in order to be eligible to apply  for Social Security Disability benefits. What are work credits? When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn up...

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Perks of Winning Your SSD Claim

Did you know? Applying for and receiving Social Security Disability Benefits, ( when one is UNDER retirement age and unable to work for at least 12 months,) bestows perks from the Government that many people don’t know about. These include...

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Workers’ Comp Fraud—The Other Side of the Coin

There’s an insurance industry radio ad campaign currently running, containing the following warning: Don’t commit Workers’ Comp insurance fraud or you’ll end up in jail and you will shame your family. It’s clearly aimed at injured workers. I get...

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Workers’ Comp in New York, Social Security, and Medical Marijuana

Section 10 of the Workers’ Compensation law in New York State says, among other things,  that there shall be no liability for compensation "when the injury has been solely occasioned by intoxication from alcohol or a controlled substance........." It has...

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SSD and SSI: Two Different Programs

I’m a bit fussy when it comes to use of the English language. Misplaced apostrophes and bad grammar tend to drive me nutty. One mistake that is commonly made that is not linguistic in nature, however, is the common...

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Facts: Dangerous things in the right hands

My new hero (heroine?) is a scholar named Kathy A. Ruffing. She works for a group called "The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities" which is - according to its website- "(O)ne of the nation’s premier policy organizations working...

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If I file for Benefits can I still go back to work?

I get this question a lot. Whether it’s Workers’ Comp or Social Security Disability, clients are sometimes confused about whether going back to work is "bad" or can somehow "hurt" their case. So let me be clear: in my...

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