Social Security Disability Laws

Bill Aims to Save Social Security Disability Benefits

by Staff | December 22nd, 2014

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security benefits as their main source of income. Retired workers account for roughly 41.4 million recipients, while approximately 11 million Americans receive Social Security Disability benefits. With so many citizens dependent on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) programs, the system’s failure to sustain itself financially is a serious threat to the stability of a large portion of households in the U.S.

In order to address the threat of funding for Social Security Disability benefits running dry within the next two years, legislators have drafted a bill that could help protect the SSA’s disability plan from financial ruin. According to an article from Insurance News Net, the bill would:

  • Update the systems classifications for those with temporary disabilities
  • Require those who are classified as permanently disabled to continue having their status and condition reviewed.
  • Reform the disability hearing process
  • Create ways to direct resources to those who are at a high risk of needing benefits.
  • Do away with “substantial gainful activity” earnings limits to encourage disability recipients to return to work when possible without the threat of losing benefits.

The bill will be examined and reviewed during future legislative sessions.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we understand the importance of preserving our nation’s Social Security Disability benefits program. That’s why our team of Social Security Disability lawyers is hopeful that—if approved—the bill will be successful in creating the funding the program needs.

Social Security Administration Considers Reforms to Appeals Regulations

by Staff | March 7th, 2014

March 7, 2014

It’s already fairly difficult to get approved for Social Security Disability benefits, considering more than 60 percent of initial claims are denied. Now though, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is considering passing measures that would tighten the regulations and policies that govern the filing of a Social Security Disability Appeal.

Under the current rules that govern appeals, claimants do not have to submit all of their medical history. Instead, some choose to only submit what they see as relevant to the case, which some argue omits vital information a judge could see as showing the claimant is still able to work.

One reason omissions from medical documents are so easy to make is because in many cases, judges are the ones responsible for examining the evidence. They are under immense pressure to process large numbers of cases, which is only compounded by difficulty in determining who to subpoena in order to receive the needed documents. This often forces judges to make decisions in cases where full medical records were not disclosed.

According to an article from The Wall Street Journal, the discovery of the problem has prompted officials to consider reforms that would require a patient to submit their full medical history without omissions during the Social Security Disability appeals process.

The SSA is currently examining feedback on the proposal and a decision in the matter is expected in the coming months.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand the complexities of the laws surrounding Social Security disability and encourage those with questions to speak with a reputable attorney immediately.

Social Security Disability Claims Increase Blamed On Lack Of Reform

by Staff | July 24th, 2013

July 24, 2013

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently facing an ever-growing number of claims for Social Security Disability benefits. This, in turn, has led to the backlog of unprocessed claims growing and stretching wait times for a decision out to almost a year in some cases.

This leaves many wondering, “What is the cause of the increase in claims and what can be done to solve the issue?” Experts tend to believe that a lack of changes to Social Security Disability Law and policies could be to blame.

According to the Kansas Watchdog, many of the regulations regarding how Social Security Disability claims are processed and benefits dispersed have not undergone reform since 1993. Since that time, a great number of technological advances that could create a more efficient process for the system have not been implemented.

The SSA’s approval process is just now being switched from an all-paper format to an electronic processing system, which the agency hopes will drastically cut the amount of time it takes to process a claim.

Furthermore, many experts are calling the SSA’s “GRIDS” system obsolete and in need of reform.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how complex the approval process for Social Security Disability benefits can be. That’s why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney if you are considering applying for benefits or have a claim that has been denied in the past.