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The Differences Between Social Security Disability & Supplemental Security Income

February 5th, 2019

Everyone is at risk of developing a disability at some point in their lives. In fact, more than 25% of adults in their 20s will become disabled before reaching retirement age. Living with a disability can be incredibly difficult. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with expensive medical bills that are piling up after trips to…

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Giving Back at Livingston County’s Community Connect Event

Frank Cusmano and Daniel Dzierbicki at Livingston Community Connect Event February 4th, 2019

Attorney Frank Cusmano and Law Clerk Daniel Dzierbicki engaged with the community and provided legal guidance at Livingston County’s 12th Annual Community Connect event this past Saturday at Howell Parker Middle School. As a one-stop-shop for a variety of important services and resources, including legal consultations, health screenings, baby items, books and more, the Community…

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SSD Case Backlog Continues to Cause Delays

Calendar and hourglass on a table January 31st, 2019

A woman from New York was initially denied SSD benefits in 2012, and once her appeal was granted five years later, the battle was far from over. The SSA continued to give her the runaround regarding the benefits checks she desperately needed. This example makes the case for how important it is to partner with…

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SSA Targeting Young Adults with Illnesses, Stopping Benefits to Save Money

young woman sick in bed January 11th, 2019

Could you imagine having a serious, chronic illness and relying on Social Security Disability benefits for your necessary medical treatments, only to have your benefits abruptly stopped, when your condition is getting worse? This is what unfortunately happened to a 22-year-old woman diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, an incurable disease that causes serious lung damage. She…

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Lives in the Balance: Doctors Paid for Quantity of SSD Case Reviews, Not Quality

Doctor reviewing documents January 8th, 2019

An investigation recently uncovered highly disturbing findings that doctors in Tennessee were paid for the quantity of federal disability program applications they reviewed, a system that creates a blatant disregard for proper procedure and attentiveness, and instead rewards efficiency motivated by greed. These doctors would hastily review disability cases, denying a majority of likely viable…

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The 8 Most Common Social Security Disability Myths and Facts Revealed

Social Security Disability Myth Fact Infographic December 17th, 2018

There are many misconceptions about Social Security Disability (SSD), including who is eligible for benefits, how long benefits are granted for, if you can work while receiving benefits and much more. Without knowing what is true and what is false about SSD, you could be holding yourself or loved ones back from getting necessary benefits….

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SSA Budget Cuts: Thousands of SSD Applicants Died While Waiting for Hearings

Middle aged woman sitting on bed, looking upset December 12th, 2018

Congressional budget cuts to the Social Security Administration (SSA) over the course of the past eight years have forced the SSA to reduce staff, leading to long wait times and delays in resolving benefit issues. The impacts of the budget cuts are felt sharply by disabled and retired Americans who depend on these benefits to…

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Veterans Groups Call for VA Nursing Home Reform

Man looking out window sitting in wheelchair in nursing home November 27th, 2018

Six national veterans groups—including the American Legion—have called for the federal government to reform the standards of care residents receive at all Veterans Administration (VA) nursing home facilities. A detailed article on their concerns is available here. The six national veterans groups—representing nearly 5 million veterans—say Americans who risked their lives for their country endure…

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Class Action by Veterans Denied VA Benefits for PTSD Can Now Proceed

Soldier with PTSD sitting and looking upset. November 19th, 2018

A recent ruling by a Senior U.S. District Judge now allows those Navy and Marine Corps veterans who developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after their service in Iraq and Afghanistan to file suit against the military for denying them Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. A detailed article on the case is available here. A Question of…

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National Veterans and Military Families Month: Veterans Disability Compensation Resources

Young soldier reunited with his daughter November 13th, 2018

Disability Attorneys of Michigan would like to thank all current military members and veterans for their service to this country. In honor of National Veterans and Military Families Month, we outlined the benefits available to those who become disabled during service. A detailed overview of Veterans Disability Compensation requirements is available through the National Veterans…

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