Social Security Disability Approval

After You’re Approved for Social Security Disability, What Factors Could Affect Your Claim and Payments?

by Staff | February 17th, 2015

While many disabled Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits believe their financial problems are solved when their claim is approved, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are many factors that can affect your claim after you’re approved for Social Security Disability benefits.

Currently, one of the most talked about risks to Social Security Disability benefits are budget shortfalls that could affect payments to millions of disabled beneficiaries. Experts say that unless solutions to the budget issues are discovered, Social Security Disability beneficiaries could see cuts to their benefits as early as next year. The Fiscal Times says President Obama proposed shifting an estimated $330 billion from the Social Security retirement program to the disability fund, but the proposal was met with opposition. Legislators are still working towards a solution.

Another issue that could affect your benefits after you’ve been approved for Social Security Disability benefits is failing to disclose vital information about your income and assets to the Social Security Administration. A few other factors that could cause you to be stripped of your benefits are:

  • Leaving the country
  • Marriage or Divorce
  • Receiving other types of benefits
  • Working while getting benefits

Being aware of these risks isn’t always enough. That’s why the legal staff at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin believe it’s vital to have a Social Security Disability lawyer by your side throughout the claims process—even after you’ve been approved for Social Security Disability benefits. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding your legal rights to Social Security Disability benefits.

Problems Still Arise After a Social Security Disability Approval

by Staff | April 16th, 2014

It seems though even once an individual receives a Social Security Disability Approval, the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) internal mistakes and bureaucratic hiccups can still make getting benefits difficult. One of the latest debacles involves an estimated 400,000 beneficiaries who the agency claims owe more than $714 million in overpayments that were issued more than a decade ago.

An article from ABC News explains the program to review payments and collect those that were issued in error began in 2008. However, since that time, many have reported having tax refunds withheld in order for the government to collect alleged overpayments.

In most of the cases, the individuals were disabled or received survivor payments after a parent or guardian died. Under the law, these individuals can be held liable for the overpayments as long as they have not stopped receiving benefits.

The program is currently under review after the SSA announced the practices of seizing tax refunds and collecting debts from errors prior to recipients turning 18-years-old would be halted.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that situations like this are why it’s crucial to have an experienced attorney by your side throughout the Social Security claims process. We are here to help anytime, just call 866-684-7216.

Actions to Take During a Social Security Continuing Disability Review

by Staff | April 11th, 2014

Once an individual receives a Social Security Disability Approval, they will continue to receive benefits until the Social Security Administration (SSA) deems them no longer disabled. But information is coming to light that the SSA has become extremely deficient in conducting continuing disability reviews (CDRs), leading to a backlog of roughly 1.3 million cases that need to be reviewed.

Estimates from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) show that between the years 2000 and 2011, the number of CDRs conducted by the SSA fell by approximately 70 percent. This failure to follow up on claims has led to more than 24,000 cases of children with impairments failing to be reevaluated for more than six-years. According to Insurance News Net, most of those children suffered from conditions expected to improve within 6 to 18 months of receiving a benefit approval.

The GAO is now calling on the SSA to improve CDR numbers, leaving some wondering what they should do when their cases come up for review. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that supplying the SSA with all the necessary documents to verify your case and condition will be vital. They add that it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney as well to ensure your legal rights are protected throughout the review process.

Problems Can Arise After a Social Security Disability Approval

by Staff | April 2nd, 2014

April 2, 2014

Americans unable to work due to mental or physical conditions believe that their problems are solved once their Social Security Disability benefits are approved. But the attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that issues can arise with payments even after receiving a Social Security Disability Approval.

These problems were highlighted by the Dayton Daily News, which reported how a woman’s Social Security Disability payments had been halted due to a data entry error in the Social Security Administration’s computer system. The woman did not receive two payments and was later informed by staff at the local Social Security Disability office that her payments had been stopped because she was receiving benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

That was not the case, and the woman attempted three times to provide the Social Security Administration with the information they needed to correct the problem. Each time she was denied. She made to local officials who identified the problem as a computer error. A retroactive payment of $4,500 was then made to the woman.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin know how confusing the procedures and processes for receiving Social Security Disability benefits can be. This case is a prime example of why it is so important to have a qualified attorney be your side throughout and after the time a claim is made.

Problems With Social Security Disability Can Arise at Anytime

by Staff | March 17th, 2014

March 17, 2014

People unable to work due to disabling conditions often receive income supplied by a Social Security Disability Approval. However, faults within the system may create other problems for some of the most needy recipients.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that many Social Security disability recipients are severely handicapped, making it impossible to manage their own finances or keep track of their bank accounts on their own. This is why the Social Security Administration requires these individuals to have third-party help manage these aspects of day-to-day life.

When these helpers make a mistake though, the Social Security recipient may be the one who pays the ultimate price. A story from KATU News told of a man with no family and few friends suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him unable to manage his Social Security payments. He hired a third-party vendor to manage his money, but when he recently went to collect, he was instructed by a police officer and Social Security investigator that the business was shut down.

This left the man with no source of income, which created major problems for his housing and left him with no money for everyday living for some time.

The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say the incident shows why it is so important to have a reputable attorney on your side throughout the Social Security Disability claims process and after.

3 Tips for Streamlining the Social Security Disability Approval Process

by Staff | March 12th, 2014

March 12, 2014

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security Disability benefits, but the process of filing a claim can prove to be an arduous task. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain there are several steps you can take to make the process easier. They include:

  • Filing Online- Several years ago, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began moving their processes to a paperless format. This means you can apply for benefits from the comfort of your home, as opposed to the old process of having to file at your local SSA office.
  • Prepare All Documentation- The SSA will need to examine both your work and medical history in order to determine if you qualify for benefits. If all the needed information is not included in the claim, it will likely be denied. That is why it is so important to include all medical files, doctor’s notes, and tax forms when applying for benefits.
  • Speak With An Attorney- A qualified and reputable attorney will be able to answer any questions you have from the application process to after you have received a Social Security Disability Approval.

The team of attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin hope these tips help you through the process of trying to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

Accusations Cause Disabled Man’s Social Security Disability Benefits To Be Withheld

by Staff | January 24th, 2014

January 24, 2014

Many disabled individuals believe that once they receive a Social Security Disability Approval, many of their problems will be solved. However, a recent report told the story of a man who has been accused of being a convicted felon by the Social Security Administration (SSA), resulting in his benefit payments being withheld.

According to an article published by The Sun Sentinel, the 57-year-old man form Florida is a diabetic who is unable to work and dependent on the $1,600 per month he receives in Social Security Disability benefits. Last August though, he received a letter from the SSA saying his benefits would cease due to a conviction of a felony crime.

The victim resolved the issue, only to be accused again the following December. This time though, the issue was unable to be resolved before a payment was missed, leaving the victim with no source of income due to a mistaken identity.

Furthermore, when the problem was taken to a SSA employee, the victim was told it was not the agency’s issue to resolve.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of the numerous problems that can arise with a Social Security disability claim and say situations like these show why it is so important to have a qualified attorney by your side.