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Social Security Disability: Threatened by 2023

Social Security Disability (SSD) is supposed to be there for those who are unable to work due to their injuries or because of preexisting health conditions. Sadly, by 2027, it's the current presidential administration's plan to cut the funding of Social Security Disability Insurance by 5 percent.

Non-Adversarial Lawyering

In an adversarial system, two advocates represent the interests of competing parties before a judge or impartial tribunal. The tribunal observes the dispute from above the fray to remain impartial. The process traces back to the medieval mode of trial by combat, and has been adopted by most common law countries. By contrast, the non-adversarial system used in civil law allows the judge to directly investigate and interrogate witnesses before rendering a decision.

Social Security: When most Americans deal with retirement

Americans claim Social Security at different times depending on their needs, but what is the most common time? It's actually an interesting topic, because most Americans actually claim Social Security benefits before they actually reach retirement.

What are some things to know about Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability (SSD) is designed to help those who are unable to work because of a disability. If you're applying for Social Security Disability due to a long-term medical condition that makes it impossible for you to work a full-time job, then there are a few things to consider.

You can file an appeal if you're denied Social Security benefits

There are two kinds of disability benefits, which you need to know about if you plan to apply. The first type includes benefits paid to you or your family members if you paid into the Social Security program and worked for a certain number of years. Those who suffer a disability before the age of 22 may also qualify for disability based on a parent's earning record.

Immigration and Social Security

The Social Security Administration has different rules for getting Social Security benefits depending on what benefit you have applied for and what kind of immigration status you have. There are two main programs people usually apply for: Disability Insured Benefits and Supplemental Security Income. If you are a legal permanent resident (also known as a green card holder or noncitizen) and apply for Disability Insured Benefits (Title 2 or DIB) because you have paid FICA taxes, as long as Social Security finds you disabled there is no problem. However, if you are a legal permanent resident and you file for Supplemental Security Income (Title 16 or SSI) the rules get trickier. If you were lawfully residing in the United States before August 22, 1996 or you were on SSI and lawfully residing in the United States before that date you can receive SSI.

Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is an income tax credit for low income workers. The credit reduces the amount a low income worker owes in taxes and is intended to offset some of the other taxes, like social security and payroll taxes. The original intent of the EITC was to aid families with children who had an income below the federal poverty line.

Handling Individuals with Chronic Pain

In dealing with clients who suffer from chronic pain, there is very little I can do as an attorney to ease their physical symptoms. I have no medical training, nor a license to provide physical therapy. While I have never been burdened with a chronic illness of my own, I have witnessed friends and family struggle with terminal disease, and I have had the opportunity to study the medical records of hundreds of patients with chronic pain. From this background, I recognize that no one can ever fully understand an individual's experience with chronic pain, as each sufferer's experience is unique. How then, should one treat people with chronic pain?

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