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Social Security Disability Benefits for Dependents

by Staff | July 13th, 2015

We know that Social Security Disability benefits are typically awarded to workers who are unable to perform their job duties due to a physical or mental illness; however, it’s important to remember that disabled workers aren’t the only ones who can receive these benefits.

Our Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that children with disabilities or the offspring of a disabled worker can also receive federal assistance from the Social Security Administration. In fact, data indicate 4.4 million children receive monthly benefits from the agency.

A press release in the Washington Times Herald explains that in order for a child to qualify for the Social Security Disability program, they must be the child of an eligible parent. If the child is an adult under age 22, they must suffer from one or more health conditions that will prevent them for working for longer than one year.

Children who are blind or disabled may also qualify for benefits from the Supplemental Security Income program, depending on their family’s income.

Our attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin realize just how complicated the laws governing benefits for the disabled can be. That’s why we encourage you to contact our legal staff if you have questions regarding Social Security Disability benefits for dependents. We can be reached by calling (800) 477-7315 anytime.

Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Has Doubled Since 1980

by Staff | July 6th, 2015

Almost eighty years ago, our nation created the Social Security program to provide income for citizens who were no longer able to work. Since that time, the program has been expanded to not only include the elderly, but also the disabled. Our Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that now, the number of individuals receiving assistance from the program continues to steadily increase.

Forbes released an article stating that between 1980 and 2011, the rate of individuals who are approved for Social Security Disability benefits doubled from 2.3 percent to 4.7 percent. By 2013, more than 9 million Americans were covered under the Social Security system.

Some of the most well known reasons for the increase in beneficiaries is the rising age of the baby boomer generation, as well as an increase in the number of women in the workforce. Some of the less recognized reasons include fewer disabled citizens receiving state-funded welfare and an ever-expanding list of conditions that can qualify a worker for benefits.

Similar increases in beneficiary totals have been reported in the Supplemental Security Income program as well.

These increases just go to show that if you’re unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, you may want to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. It’s no secret that the process can be complicated though, so having legal representation by your side during the process is highly recommended.

If you have questions regarding your rights to benefits, our legal staff is standing by to assist you. Feel free to reach out to us anytime by calling (800) 477-7315.

Resources to Use While Applying for Social Security Disability

by Staff | October 27th, 2014

Finding all the resources you need when applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a painstaking task. That’s why the team of attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to help by providing you with links to information and documents that may be beneficial during the disability application process. They include:

  • Adult Disability Starter KitThis packet from the Social Security Administration will provide you with basic information about disability benefits and will also give you a checklist to use when completing your disability benefits application.
  • Social Security Disability 2014 Red Book– Provides the latest information on both Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income and answers many frequently asked questions.
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives- A non-profit organization consisting of attorneys and others who advocate on behalf of the disabled. They can provide information on the latest Social Security Disability news and updates.
  • Departmento De Hacienda– This Spanish webpage can be used by non-English speaking filers to report their income and wages.
  • Free Online Consultation– Our firm’s Social Security Disability lawyers will answer any questions you may have regarding your case and the regulations that govern Social Security Disability benefits.

For more help with your Social Security Disability claim, call the Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin’s legal team at (800) 477-7315 today.

Disabled Americans and the Ticket to Work Program

by Staff | August 20th, 2014

The goal of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability benefits program isn’t just support Americans who can’t work, but to also to help disabled people return to work. That’s why the SSA created the Ticket to Work program 15 years ago. Unfortunately, records indicate the program may be not be living up to its goals.

Ticket to Work was created in 1999 as a way to get disabled workers the training, education, and resources they need to reenter the workforce. However, the Washington Examiner states that data from SSA shows a mere 1 percent of disabled citizens eligible to participate in Ticket to Work are taking advantage of the program.

This has led to the number of individuals receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to swell. Today, the number of Americans receiving SSD benefits exceeds the population of Sweden.

The reason for the failure of the Ticket to Work program seems to be lack of understanding about the program and its benefits. Beneficiaries seem to fear losing an income resource and health insurance coverage if they enter the program. But that’s not often the case.

Ticket to Work allows disabled Americans to reenter the workforce while continuing to receive benefits and insurance coverage for a period of time.

If you have any questions about SSD or the Ticket to Work program, speak with a Social Security Disability Attorney today. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our attorneys are standing by to answer your questions about benefits. Call us at (800) 477-7315 today.

What You Don’t Know About Social Security Benefits Can Affect Your Claim

by Staff | June 23rd, 2014

A portion of most workers’ paychecks go towards their Social Security benefits. But while millions of Americans are paying into this program, very few understand the policies that regulate it. Knowing the subtleties of these rules can add hundreds of dollars per month in benefits.

An article from The Wall Street Journal explains there are several things about the Social Security program that can have serious effects on many Americans’ ability to collect Social Security benefits. One of the biggest problems with the program is its complexity. In fact, the Social Security Administration’s handbook states there is too much information for them to include it all in the publication.

Other areas of concern within the Social Security program are their current lack of manpower available to process the growing number of claims and appeals.

Each of these issues plays a significant role in Social Security workers’ inability to provide applicants with guidance and direction about how to get the maximum benefits available.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Social Security Disability Attorneys can help you understand the steps to to file a successful Social Security claim. So call us anytime to discuss your claim.

Social Security Disability Educational Resources Are Beneficial for Applicants

by Staff | February 17th, 2014

February 17, 2014

The laws, regulations, and processes related to Social Security Disability benefits are complex and confusing to many applicants. Learning how these processes work can help individuals achieve their maximum benefit potential.

One way to achieve this is by utilizing Social Security Disability Educational Resources, such as a series of webinars that are hosted by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The next course will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and will cover the incentives that are free to those who participate in the SSA’s Ticket To Work program. Other upcoming courses will discuss how to receive benefit verification online and how to file an appeal of a decision.

To participate, just go to the SSA’s webinars page and click the button to register. From there, fill out the information that is needed and you will be contacted about how to sign into the event. Any questions regarding the registration process can be directed to support via email.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that after attending a webinar, a participant may still have specific questions regarding their benefits claim. If that is the case, the team of attorneys encourages those individuals to contact the firm to discuss their legal rights and options.

Website Provides A Plethora of Information To The Disabled

by Staff | February 5th, 2014

February 5, 2014

For an individual who is disabled, obtaining the information that is needed to properly file a claim for Social Security disability can be one of the most difficult aspects of the application process. The Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain there may be a resource for this vital information available at the touch of a button though.

The website, Disability.gov, is the federal government’s answer to providing access to crucial data, resources, services, and information for the disabled. Furthermore, the site provides users with several guides that can help break down certain topics that are important to the disabled, as well as their families and caregivers.

Some of the topics that are covered under these guides include what qualifies a disabled person for benefits, as well as where and how to receive job training and housing assistance.

The site is currently promoting a tutorial on how to get started on the Social Security disability benefits application process.

The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how difficult it can be for the disabled to find reliable Social Security Disability Resources. That is why the firm is here to offer assistance to anyone considering applying for such benefits or who have had a claim denied in the past.