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In Person Hearings and the Reopening of Social Security

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • COVID-19

Since March 2020, the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) hearing offices have remained closed due to Covid-19. SSA is currently offering hearings in disability claims by phone since March 2020 and by video since May 2021. The telephone hearing does not require anything special but for a telephone line (either cell phone or landline). The video […]

ABLE Accounts

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • SSI

The ABLE Act allows individuals who were deemed disabled before the age of 26 to save money in specific accounts and not jeopardize SSI or Medicaid services. Before The ABLE Act was passed, an individual collecting SSI could not save more than $2,000 or else they would lose all their benefits ABLE accounts allow families […]

1. Apply for benefits as soon as you become disabled. Many people mistakenly believe they must wait 12 months from the date their disability began before applying for benefits. As long as your disability is expected to last more than 12 months, you can file the minute you stop working. However, you must have medical […]

Can I Apply for Supplemental Security Income Online?

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • SSI

Many clients who are seeking our legal services ask this question. Unfortunately, although you can file for Social Security Disability (or SSD) online, Supplemental Security (or SSI) cannot be filed online. In order to file for SSI, you must call the 800 number at 1-800-832-3471 or your local office to schedule a telephone interview with […]

Long Haul COVID-19 and Social Security Disability Benefits

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • COVID-19

A potentially large group of disability cases could be emerging in the months and years ahead which is being called “the COVID-19 long-hauler”.  Thankfully, for most of the population that acquire COVID-19, the symptoms are mild to moderate, lasting only a few weeks.  However, there is a group of people that experiences persistent symptoms.  Medical […]

Tips for Testifying at Your Social Security Disability Hearing

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • Hearings

Even though hearings are now being held on the telephone, your testimony is still taken under “oath” which means you must tell the truth. When the judge (also Administrative Law Judge or “ALJ”) asks a question, do not try to figure out why the judge is asking that particular question or whether your answer will […]

Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment 2021

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • SSDI

If you are a Social Security beneficiary, expect to see your benefit increase next year. All SSDI and SSI disability recipients will receive a 1.3 percent COLA for 2021. COLA stands for “Cost of Living Adjustment”. Social Security annually increases benefits to counteract inflation. Here are some other important changes related to the Social Security […]

The Function Report

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • SSDI

Once you file an application for SSD or SSI benefits, you will received a “Function Report”. This is from the DDS (Disability Determination Services) who is working up your claim. Although what you write on the form does provide a basis for Social Security approving your claim, generally, it must be backed-up by the medical evidence.  […]

Do Disability Benefits Last Forever?

Now that you have been approved for Social Security disability benefits, it is not unreasonable to think about whether or not you will continue to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI ) payments indefinitely, or if they will stop at some point in the future. Thinking of having to go through […]

The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of  Michigander’s daily lives. Many of us are being asked to stay home and businesses forced to close their doors. We are worried about how the pandemic will negatively impact Michigan’s economy.  More importantly, we are worried about our loved ones who may get sick. Social Security […]