Social Security Disability Lawyer

SSA Hiring Freeze May Contribute to Increased Backlog in Disability Cases

stacks of paperwork August 13th, 2019

The Social Security Administration recently announced a hiring freeze, which could increase the backlog in Social Security Disability cases. Andrew Saul, the new SSA Commissioner, announced the freeze on July 31, and the notice stated the freeze was enacted in an effort to help improve hearings and field office wait times. The freeze affects all…

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Social Security Disability Fund to Last 20 Years Longer than Once Predicted

April 30th, 2019

In a recent report, the Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates the Social Security Disability trust fund will remain solvent until 2052—a stark contrast to the 2032 date they reported just one year ago. Future Predictions In the event the SSD trust fund were to run out of money, those currently enrolled in the program would…

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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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50-62-Year-Olds Aren’t Applying for SSD, Missing Opportunities

50-year-old woman looking out windown on rainy day September 18th, 2018

A significant group of disabled Americans could be missing out on receiving the social security disability (SSD) benefits they deserve, because they don’t think they need to apply. Those who are 50-62-years-old may become disabled, but think that social security disability is not for them. Perhaps they are daunted by the seemingly complicated process or…

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