November 21, 2018

3 FACTORS THAT COULD DETERMINE IF CHILDREN WITH DIABETES QUALIFY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

How does the Social Security Administration determine what is and isn’t a disability for a child with diabetes?  The SSA does not list Diabetes as a “Listed Impairment  for adults (a condition that automatically is considered a disability); only some of the complications qualify. (To learn about adult Diabetes and SSA, click here.)

But for children, it’s not a simple yes or no.

The Social Security Admin takes a somewhat different approach to awarding disability benefits to Juvenile Diabetics than adults.  When our clients that come to us to help them file their disability claims for their children, we look at the 3 factors that will determine the outcome.

THE 3 DETERMINING FACTORS FOR DIABETIC CHILDREN WHEN FILING FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS:

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NEW PHISHING SCHEME IS TARGETING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY RECIPIENTS

A new scheme is targeting social security recipients nationwide. The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Office of the Inspector General(OIG) received reports of “imposter phishing” nationally.

Social security disability recipients are targeted by scammers who call pretending to be a Social Security employee. The imposter cautions the recipient that their social security account has been hacked, and warns them that the agency is freezing their SSN assets. The caller asks the recipient for their SSN, alleging that they need the information for verification.

“Although these ‘phishing’ scams occur with greater frequency it is hard to imagine how anyone could prey on unsuspecting disability recipients” says Martin L Hoffman, a Social Security Disability attorney in South Florida. “We warn our clients never to give out their personal information to anyone on the phone. Call our office if you suspect that you might have been a target of one of these calls and we will help you in any way we can.”

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR BENEFITS:

The FTC offers these tips on how to deal with these government imposters:

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RE-OPENING A SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CASE THAT WAS CLOSED

Consider the case of an application for Social Security benefits filed by a parent or guardian on behalf of a minor or mentally incompetent person. The initial application is turned down several times on separate occasions. The claimant, who was not represented by an experience Social Security Disability attorney, did not file for reconsideration on any application within the 60 day appeal period.

Four years pass and a new application is filed; the claimant for the first time is represented by an attorney. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies the application, taking the position that the administrative determination more than four years old could not be reopened, that the prior decisions are final and they bar the claim.

WHEN HIRING AN ATTORNEY CAN CHANGE THE INEVITABLE

But this time around, the claimant has an attorney by his side. The Court of Appeals overruled and reversed the SSA decision.  The Court decided that the claimant did not have the mental competence necessary to request review of the original appeal and ruled that the Social Security Administration must reopen the prior determination and issue a revised determination. This is how experienced Social Security Disability attorneys can make the difference in their client’s lives.

What to look for when selecting a Social Security Disability Attorney.

Social Security Disability law is complex. The experienced attorneys at Hoffman, Larin and Agnetti, PA offer a free consultation so that you can learn your rights. There are no fees for representation before the Social Security Administration in disability claims, unless we win. We have offices throughout south Florida in Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties for your convenience.