November 21, 2018

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS AND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: TO TAKE OR NOT TO TAKE?

In Florida, if you qualify for both unemployment and Social Security, you will receive your full check under each program; Florida will not reduce your unemployment benefit if you’re getting Social Security.

However, filing for Social Security disability benefits while receiving unemployment benefits is problematic, because you are sending each program contradictory messages .

TO COLLECT OR NOT TO COLLECT: WHO SHOULD AND WHO SHOULDN’T?

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18,000+ PEOPLE DIED WAITING FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS IN 2 YEARS

WHILE MORE THAN 1,000,000 APPLICANTS WAIT OVER 600 DAYS

The Social Security Administration (SSA) reported that in the last 2 years, 18,701 people dies while waiting to learn if they will receive their Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI).

18.701.

This number reflect the brutal state of affairs of the Social Security Disability Insurance program. By the end of 2017, about 1 million former workers will be forced to wait  over 600 days just to find out if they are eligible for disability benefits. In some cities, the wait can be as long as 800 days. Note that these filers cannot work full time nor earn more than $ 1,170 per month while waiting for a decision.

“The simplest explanation is that there isn’t enough money.” According to a recent Washington Post article: “The Social Security Administration’s budget has been roughly stagnant since 2010, while the number of people receiving retirement and disability benefits has risen by more than 7 million, despite a slight decline in the disability rolls beginning in 2015 as some beneficiaries reached retirement age.”

recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office declared SSA’s Compassionate Allowance program needed improvements to ensure individuals with the most severe disabilities obtain benefits in a timely manner. This program is designed to fast-track cases with serious conditions, including certain cancers, through the disability benefits application process.

The initial application process might take what seems be forever, but ff your social security disability benefits are denied (and the vast majority are), the worker only has 60 days to file an appeal. After 60 days, the petitioner has to start the process all over again. If your case has been denied call our office for a FREE, no obligation consultation. Appeals that are handled with an experienced Social Security attorney have a 60% higher success rate. And there are NO fees unless the appeal is successful.

Let’s hope that the Social Security system receives the support it, and the workers it aims to help, it desperately needs.

MENTAL DISORDERS AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS

Over 11 Million people around the country collect Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits including 1.6 Million children of disabled workers.

Many of these rely on SSD for many reasons, from physical ailments to mental challenges.  Sadly, though SSD exists to help those in need, social stigma about mental illness has made many people reluctant to seek help. But it is getting better.

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