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.
April 14th, 2014|
Social Security Disability benefits provide financial support to Americans unable to work due to mental or physical conditions, but they also offer vocational training and rehabilitation to get recipients back to work. However, many individuals are under the impression they will lose their benefits if they decide to return to work.
One woman has been involved in a Social Security Disability Appeal since her benefits were revoked due to a miscommunication. She explains that a Social Security employee told her she could continue working a job as a court-appointed mental health advocate while collecting Social Security Disability benefits as long as the income she received did not exceed $1,019 per month. But another worker put a stop on the victim’s Social Security payments, claiming she was making too much money and had over collected benefits by an estimated $10,600.
The Des Moines Register states that since the stop was put on the payments, the victim has gotten behind on bills and her mortgage.
The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say stories like this highlight the importance of having quality legal representation by your side throughout the Social Security claims process and are hopeful a resolution in this case brings some closure to the victim.