Social Security Disability

Beware of Social Media!

We all spend way too much time browsing social media. It is easy to get lost looking at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and every other platform that has become a way of life. Although most of the time spent on social media is harmless, sometimes what seems harmless often can be problematic.… Learn more. “Beware of Social Media!”

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Yes, Social Security Disability Claimants Can Die While Waiting for a Hearing

The headline is gruesome: “With COVID Delays, You May Die Waiting for Disability Benefits.” But the headline and the accompanying article in the February 2021 issue of In These Times are true. Disabled individuals who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) often have to wait years to receive the benefits they have paid for throughout their working life.… Learn more. “Yes, Social Security Disability Claimants Can Die While Waiting for a Hearing”

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Trump Administration proposes more changes designed to make it harder to obtain and keep receiving Social Security Disability benefits.

Once again, the Trump Administration is proposing changes to the Social Security Disability benefits program that could result in many people losing their SSDI and SSI benefits. Individuals who receive disability benefits are always subject to “continuing disability reviews,” which were originally intended to determine whether they still deserve compensation.

For many years, there have been only three categories of disabilities that were used to determine how frequently an individual is subject to a review.… Learn more. “Trump Administration proposes more changes designed to make it harder to obtain and keep receiving Social Security Disability benefits.”

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Social Security Administration Slows Down the Disability Application Process by Adding More Red Tape

Two years. That is how long it can take for an individual to make his or her way through the social security disability application process. For individuals with significant physical or mental health impairments who desperately need income, that is an eternity. Now, the Social Security Administration has added three to six more months to the application processing time by requiring applicants to file for Reconsideration.Learn more. “Social Security Administration Slows Down the Disability Application Process by Adding More Red Tape”

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Social Security Disability Claimants Face Long Delays Waiting for Hearings

It takes an average of 23 to 25 months until a Social Security Disability claimant has their hearing. Don’t take our word for it, you can read it on Social Security’s website at https://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/01_NetStat_Report.html. That’s a long time, and one that neither the claimant nor counsel can control. Worse, the 25 month wait time for the Philadelphia office is the longest in the country.… Learn more. “Social Security Disability Claimants Face Long Delays Waiting for Hearings”

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Available Soon – Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania (6th Edition) – Edited by Attorney Daniel J. Siegel

Almost hot off the presses. I just received a copy of the cover of my newest book, Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania. I edited the book (now in its 6th edition) and authored one chapter. The book will be available for purchase in the next few weeks from the publisher, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
Learn more. “Available Soon – Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania (6th Edition) – Edited by Attorney Daniel J. Siegel”

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Learn About Social Security Disability – Dan Siegel to Speak at Delaware County Bar on August 31st

The Social Security Administration pays disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Benefits received through these programs may be relevant to personal injury, workers’ compensation, family law and other matters.

Attorneys often overlook the importance and impact of Social Security Disability benefits on their clients’ cases.… Learn more. “Learn About Social Security Disability – Dan Siegel to Speak at Delaware County Bar on August 31st”

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Social Security Disability Applicants: Have No Fear, The System is Not Going Under

According to Chicken Little, the sky was always falling. Some observers of the Social Security Disability (SSDI) system seem to have a similar belief – that the SSDI system is “broke” and there won’t be enough money to pay all of the people entitled to benefits. In fact, an article in the July 2, 2015 issue of Business Week suggested that “the disability program needs help itself.”… Learn more. “Social Security Disability Applicants: Have No Fear, The System is Not Going Under”

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Surprise? – There’s a Backlog in Social Security Disability Cases

As if it were “new” or “news,” an Associated Press report in the January 2, 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer discussed the “huge backlog of [Social Security disability] cases.”  Unfortunately, this isn’t news, it’s “olds.” For years, the Social Security system has been plagued with delays, and the backlog ebbs and flows with the economy and with the amount of funding SSA receives.… Learn more. “Surprise? – There’s a Backlog in Social Security Disability Cases”

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