The Importance Of “Off Task” Time

Securing proper medical reports and source statements from attending physicians is critical in proving disability under the Social Security Law. A good medical source statement will include questions regarding what percentage of a workday a patient’s symptoms interfere with attention and concentration necessary to do even simply tasks.  This period of time is known as […]

Social Security And Medical Insurance

If you are eligible for Social Security Disability insurance benefits, you will automatically become Medicare eligible after a waiting period of 24 months. SSI recipients automatically become eligible for Medicaid benefits immediately upon being approved for SSI.

Injured At Work And Worried About Your Future?

If you sustained a serious injury at work you may feel overwhelmed with the idea of not having enough income to pay your bills and maintain your lifestyle.  Most people who have suffered a serious injury and are unable to work feel this way. It is crucial that the injured worker promptly investigate and understand […]

What Is A Social Security Disability Dire Need Case?

After a Social Security denial, a formal hearing request must be filed to put your case in line to be heard by an Administrative Law Judge. The problem is that hearings in the Albany, NY area usually take between 8-12 months to be scheduled. The Social Security Administration has defined a dire need situation which […]

If You Are 55 Years Old Or Older Do Not Be Afraid To File For Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are considering filing for Social Security Disability and are 55 years old or older you probably have a very good chance of being approved. Once you reach age 55 and are able to prove that your medical conditions limit you to unskilled light work, you will likely be found disabled.  Younger individuals would […]

GAF Scores And Social Security Disability

If you have a pending Social Security Disability claim and a portion of your claimed disability is from a psychological condition, a GAF assessment may benefit your case. GAF stands for Global Assessment of Functioning and is a numerical value arrived at by your mental health provider. GAF scores range from 0 to 100; the […]

Can My Social Security Disability Check Be Garnished?

Even if a wage garnishment order has been filed against you, your Social Security Disability check is exempt from garnishment. This is regardless of whether or not the Court has issued such an order. There is one exception to this rule and that is that only the federal government may garnish a portion of your […]

Will Social Security Get My Medical Records?

When I initially meet with a client who is appealing a Social Security denial, I am often asked whether or not Social Security will get all of their medical records before the hearing. My response to that question is always “probably not.” It is highly unlikely that the Social Security Administration will have all of […]

The Importance Of Mental Health Professionals In Your Social Security Claim

In my Social Security Disability practice in Upstate New York, it is common for claimant’s to have both physical and psychological conditions. Many times, a primary care physician treats and prescribes medications for both the physical and psychological aliments. While a medical doctor can prescribe certain medications for mental illnesses, we strongly recommend that our […]

What Types Of Benefits Result In A Social Security Offset?

In general terms, disability benefits which a claimant receives under a Federal or State program can be used in calculating a Social Security offset. This means that if such public disability benefits are being paid, it is possible that the amount of a Social Security benefit could be reduced. Private pension payments or private disability […]