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Indiana Attorney Pleas for a New Hearing Office

Northern Indiana attorney Thomas Scully has recently written to local newspapers and Internet media outlets expressing concern for Social Security disability claimants. At the heart of Scully’s concerns is the fact that the SSA appears to have shut down its Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in the Miller area. This office had previously served Social Security disability claimants from Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago.

Disability Benefits Can Depend on the ALJ Hearing Your Case

If you’re reading this, chances are you already know that applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a long, grueling process. The vast majority of claims are denied in the initial stages, with over 70% being turned down initially.

Most people who are granted Social Security disability benefits are approved for benefits at some stage of the appeals process. Of these, the overwhelming majority have their benefits approved during their disability hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

Social Security Worker Gets 2 Years for Accepting Bribes

In a case that has to leave you shaking your head, Margarita Diaz, a 40 year old Social Security Administration (SSA) employee from New Jersey, was sentenced to two years in prison for accepting more than $26,000 in bribes to approve applicants who were not qualified to start receiving Social Security disability benefits immediately.

Backlog of Disability Appeals Keeps Growing

The Social Security Administration (SSA) had high hopes, not too long ago, to significantly decrease the number of backlogged disability appeals in the Social Security system. There were plans to hire more administrative law judges, create more hearing centers and implement technologies that would make it easier to process more hearings across the nation. Unfortunately, what the SSA did not foresee was the significant budget cuts that would put most of these plans on halt.

Social Security Funds Projected to Be Depleted In 25 Years

A recently-released report from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Medicare Board of Trustees paints a grim picture regarding the future of Social Security benefits. Based upon current projections, the trust funds which provide the basis for payments to Social Security beneficiaries will be completely exhausted by 2036. As a result, millions of Americans whose retirement plans include payments from Social Security will be left with nothing.

Family indicted in Seattle for fake mental disability claims

Nine people in and around the Seattle, WA area have been indicted on charges that they fraudulently obtained Social Security payments. Among the group’s tactics have been filing claims for apparently non-existent mental health issues and receiving benefits under fake identities. The total bill to the American taxpayers was in excess of $700,000.

SSA Webinars now in session

It used to be that if you wanted to get information, particularly information regarding government programs, you likely had to drive to the nearest branch office (which was likely not near enough to be convenient), wait in line, and ask several different people the same question (usually phrased a number of different ways) before you got anything that even remotely resembled assistance. And if the information you needed was to be delivered via a seminar, it meant that you had to carve time out of your schedule.Thankfully, those days are gone.

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