Employee Disability Benefits Are Becoming Costlier and More Complicated

More employers are asking their employees to pay for their own disability coverage, according to Reuters.  Employers are also placing restrictions and limitations on disability benefits for their employees, such as limiting short-term disability benefits and lengthening the waiting period before an employee is eligible for long-term disability benefits. “We are seeing some gradual slide […]

Read More

Increased Medicare Part B Premiums Could Impact Social Security Benefits

Medicare provides health care coverage for most Americans over the age of 65, as well as most social security disability beneficiaries, according to a Congressional Research Service Report for Congress.  Social security disability benefits are generally eligible for Medicare Part A after a two-year waiting period, with some exceptions.  Participants in Medicare Part A may […]

Read More

Rise in Unemployment Rate of Persons with Disabilities

The unemployment rate for persons with disabilities has reached its highest rate since tracking began in 2008, according to a survey conducted by Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation and Medicare plan selection services. The Allsup Disability Study: Income at Risk shows that the unemployment rate for persons with disabilities […]

Read More

Impact of SSA Cuts on Social Security Disability Benefits

Earlier this year Congress cut the operating budget of the Social Security Administration (SSA) by approximately $1 billion and the cuts are having widespread impacts.  SSA offices around the country began closing their offices 30 minutes earlier in August, and field offices in some rural areas have closed their doors completely.  The SSA is also […]

Read More

Impact of Social Security Disability Benefits on Other Types of Benefits

If you are unable to work, you are likely eligible to receive social security disability benefits.  You should be aware that receiving social security disability income can affect other benefits to which you may be eligible, such as veteran’s benefits and unemployment benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides income to persons who meet the […]

Read More

Differences Between Social Security Disability Benefits and Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social security disability benefits, such as SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), are administered through the Social Security Administration, as are social security retirement benefits.  There are several differences between social security retirement benefits and disability benefits, however.  The following is a list of the key differences between these two types of benefits: In order […]

Read More

Center for Disability Awareness Releases 2011 Long-Term Disability Claims Review

More than $8 billion in disability insurance payments were made by Center for Disability Awareness (CDA) member companies to over 587,000 disabled individuals during 2010, according to the CDA’s 2011 Long-Term Disability Claims Review.  Additionally, CDA member companies approved long-term disability insurance benefits for 139,000 new individuals – a 2.6 percent increase from 2009. Insured […]

Read More

How an Attorney Can Help With Your Social Security Disability Claim

The process of applying for social security disability benefits – whether Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – can be complex and confusing.  All too often a deserving claim will be rejected due to lack of supporting information or other application shortcoming.  A skilled social security attorney can make a significant […]

Read More

Reduced Office Hours at Social Security Offices

Social Security field offices throughout the country began closing their doors to the public 30 minutes earlier each day beginning August 15, 2011 due to budget concerns.  Congress recently cut the budget of the Social Security Administration (SSA) by nearly $1 billion, thus “mak[ing] it impossible for the [SSA] to provide the amount of overtime […]

Read More

Memberships
& Awards

super lawyers logo Illinois trial lawyers association logo