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December 2016 Archives

Right to Counsel

With the impending change of administrations, many are speculating on potential modifications to federal programs, such as Social Security. Some persons in the Social Security Administration have even questioned why an attorney is necessary at a hearing. Isn't the informal process non-adversarial? Can we reduce judicial reversals and procedural errors without interference from counsel? While any attempts to improve efficiencies are laudable, the right to counsel should not be easily dismissed.

Claimant's Responsibilities

Anyone who has paid enough taxes under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) has a right to file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act. Even without coverage under Title II, an individual who is disabled may also file a claim for Supplemental Security Income benefits under Title XVI, provided they meet the poverty guidelines. Yet, the right to benefits comes with responsibilities. The duty of filing the initial application, for example, is on the claimant. Many claimants do not file their claim on time, potentially costing them a loss of back pay.

Communicating with Your Doctor

If you are applying for disability, it is important that you attend doctor's appointments and get treated for the impairments that you allege are preventing you from being able to work. It is important that there are records to show to Social Security that you have those illnesses or injuries and that you are doing what your doctor asks of you.

Incarceration and Disability

I recently met a correctional physician, who had a tattoo of the Eighth Amendment on his arm. Why? Because the incarcerated are the only population guaranteed access to healthcare under the Constitution. The tattoo serves as a daily reminder of the difficulties facing the people he serves. The doctor described typical physical and mental impairments seen at the correctional facility, and the situational hardships surmounting his patients. He also observed that some inmates became incarcerated for the sole purpose of receiving medical attention.

2017 Changes to SSDI and SSI

The new year is right around the corner, and with it comes several changes to the law when it comes to qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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