Social Security Disability Overpayments

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.

Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Overpayments of Benefits

by Staff | October 28th, 2013

October 28, 2013

While hundreds of thousands of disabled individuals are battling through the process of filing to receive Social Security Disability benefits, some of those who have been approved are continuing to have to fight and struggle for the assistance they so desperately need.

An audit conducted by the Government Accountability Office has shown the Social Security Administration (SSA) made a total of $1.3 billion in wrongful Social Security Disability Overpayments during a two-year period; however, many of the recipients of those payments are now being asked to repay the money the received from the agency, despite some continuing to struggle.

An article from CNN Money told the story of a 33-year-old woman who received roughly $750 per month in Supplemental Security Income to care for her two Autistic children. When her husband received a raise in pay, the family’s income became to high to qualify for the benefit and the change was reported. The SSA later informed the family the agency had made a mistake and they never should have received the benefits to begin with. Furthermore, the family would need to pay the entire $20,000 sum of benefits they received back to the government. The matter is currently being disputed.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would urge anyone who is being asked to repay disability benefits to the government to consult with an attorney regarding your legal rights and options.