February 2012 In the News

On Wednesday 2/29/12 Howard Ankin and Scott Goldstein attended lecture on Professional Transport, Gruszeckza and Patel Appellate Court cases. On Monday 2/27/12 the Commission approved a worker’s compensation settlement of $600,000 negotiated by Howard Ankin on behalf of a client. On Saturday 2/11/12 at the 26th Ward Senior Citizens luncheon Howard Ankin spoke on legal […]

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Disability Benefits for Children

Parents of children with disabilities face a number of concerns – fears regarding the prognosis for their child’s condition, undergoing therapy and treatment for the underlying medical condition, and worries about how to pay for the necessary medical treatment.  Fortunately, the Social Security Administration provides disability benefits for children with disabilities in some situations. Supplemental […]

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SSA Decides Not to Inform Claimants of Assigned ALJ Before Hearing

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently instituted a policy that it will no longer provide prior notification of the Administrative Law Judge assigned to preside over an applicant’s social security disability hearing. The new ruling, which took effect December 19, 2011, has been met with much criticism among social security disability professionals. The ruling may […]

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Importance of Medical Information in SSDI case

One of the most important things you can do to help improve your chances of success when filing a social security disability claim is to provide sufficient and applicable medical information.  Applicants must take steps to obtain all pertinent medical records.  Moreover, it is incredibly helpful if medical records, such as doctor’s reports, are presented […]

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January Is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is cervical cancer awareness month.  In 2011, nearly 13,000 women throughout the country are diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 lives were lost as a result, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, vaccines can protect women from developing cervical cancer by targeting cancer-causing types […]

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SSA Calls for Independent Review of Federal Disability System

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system due to concerns that the SSA awards benefits to those who may not be eligible for benefits and denies benefits for those who are eligible.  The study is expected to focus on the approximately 1,500 administrative law judges who hear […]

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Why Extending the Payroll Tax Cuts Could Hurt Disabled Americans

Many Americans saw a slight increase to their paychecks during 2011 due to a one-year reduction to the Social Security tax.  Congress recently agreed to a two-month extension of the tax cut, which reduces the Social Security tax rate to 4.2 percent from the original tax rate of 6.2 percent.  But not all Americans are […]

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Studies Show Correlation between SSDI and Unemployment Claims

Is there a correlation between unemployment and social security disability claims? Two new studies show that there is a link between social security disability claims sought and the termination of unemployment benefits.  The studies, one of which was co-authored by a top economist for the White House, indicate that many people view social security disability […]

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Increasing the Likelihood of a Successful Social Security Disability Application

Before applying for social security disability benefits – whether Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – there are several things to consider and certain actions you can take to increase the likelihood of receiving social security disability benefits.   You can greatly increase the likelihood of receiving social security disability benefits […]

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Importance of Medical Opinions in Social Security Disability Application Process

Denials of an application for social security disability benefits are common occurrences.  If an application is denied, the applicant may request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).  The ALJ will conduct an independent review of your social security disability claim to evaluate the merits of the claim.  The ALJ will consider a variety […]

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