June 9th, 2014|
Veterans who aren’t able to work because of injuries or illnesses suffered in the line of duty may be entitled to a number of federal benefits, including veterans’ disability and Social Security Disability (SSD). But getting both types of benefits can be difficult due to a lack of coordination between the two agencies.
To address this problem, the Social Security Administration recently announced they would be offering expedited benefits processing on claims filed by veterans who receive a 100 percent disability rating from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. While this may sound like progress, the veterans Social Security Disability policy change may only benefit a very small percentage of veterans.
Data collected during the 2012 American Community Survey found less than one-quarter of veterans received a disability rating higher than 70 percent. Totals were even lower as the disability rating rose. An average of less than 10 percent of American veterans had a disability rating higher than 90 percent during 2012. This means only a handful of wounded veterans will see a change to the processing of their SSD claims.
This is why it is so important to have an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer by your side through each step of the SSD claims process. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our attorneys know how to navigate the Social Security system to get you the compensation you deserve. Give us a call anytime to talk about your claim.
April 30th, 2014|
Estimates show the amount of time an individual may wait for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to reach a decision on their disability claim can now exceed 400 days. This is the longest wait time the agency has reported since 2010.
Statistics like this one leave many applicants searching for ways to beat this wait time to get access to the benefits they deserve. Luckily, the Social Security disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have some tips.
The firm explains the SSA has a list of conditions allowing an individual to receive expedited processing of their claim. The list, known as the Compassionate Allowances, includes conditions such as certain cancers, autoimmune diseases, and some mental conditions.
Veterans may also qualify for expedited processing of disability claims. The Houston Chronicle reports that any veteran deemed 100 percent disabled by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be eligible for the new program. Experts say hundreds of thousands of soldiers may benefit from the program.
The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain even with the expedited processing of claims, you should consider speaking with an experienced attorney about your case prior to filing. We are available to help by calling 1-866-684-7216 today.
March 24th, 2014|
March 24, 2014
Disabled veterans are considered to be among those most in need of assistance from the federal government. But a lack of communication between the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) that can make Proving A Disability difficult. However, officials say a reform will correct this problem, giving soldiers and former service members access to a streamlined process to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
Under the previous rules, there were many reports of soldiers and veterans deemed disabled by the VA but told their injuries were not severe enough to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The U.S. Department of Defense released a statement saying that now, those deemed 100 percent disabled by the VA will be placed into a fast-track processing system for Social Security Disability benefits.
Officials add that while being placed into the fast track system does not guarantee veterans’ claims will be approved, it will slash the amount of time it takes for a decision to be reached.
The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud the new rule, and they are hopeful it will allow those who have given the most to our country the opportunity to receive the benefits and programs they need to live healthy and normal lives.
November 8th, 2013|
November 8, 2013
Each day, the number of soldiers and veterans who are unable to work due to disabling conditions brought on by their service to our country continues to grow. While Veterans Social Security Disability is available, the massive backlog of unprocessed claims can leave these individuals waiting for extended periods to receive the assistance they so desperately need and deserve.
In an effort to address this problem, the federal government recently passed a piece of legislation that allows for disability claims being made by veterans to be expedited through the approval process. According to an article released by Tri Cities News, the Social Security Administration has a webpage that is dedicated to supplying information regarding the benefits that are available for soldiers and veterans who were injured on or after October 1, 2001.
The page answers a number of questions ranging from what qualifies an individual for benefits to discussing what incentives are available for those considering returning to work. The page also contains links to all the documents that must be completed in order to begin the application process.
The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how frustrating the battle for benefits can be for the more than 116,000 service member who are awaiting a decision on their claim. That’s why the firm is here to help anyone who has been disabled due to a mental or physical condition caused by military service.
May 17th, 2013|
May 17, 2013
Each day in the United States, soldiers return home from service overseas with injuries and conditions that leave them unable to work. This raises numerous questions as to what benefits they may qualify for through Social Security Disability programs.
According to an article from The Chief Leader, the Social Security Administration (SSA) gives special exceptions to service members through the duration of the approval process of a claim. This means that service members may receive faster processing of a claim than other citizens.
Others wonder, “Can a service members family be eligible for Social Security benefits?” The answer is most certainly yes under certain circumstances.
Service members who have become disabled are encouraged by the SSA to begin the application process as soon as possible. The agency would also like to remind soldiers that active-duty status and continuing to receive military pay does not necessarily eliminate their ability to collect disability benefits if they are unable to work.
It is important to remember that the SSA and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs are two separate government entities that offer different programs.
The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how confusing the process of receiving benefits as a service member can be for veterans and soldiers. That is why the firm suggests discussing your options with an attorney if you have been in the military, are unable to work, and are considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits.