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If you lose a Social Security hearing, you should not give up hope. This is confirmed by the Office of the Inspector General Report from April, 2016 studying case denials from 2011. A survey of cases from that year revealed that nearly 30% of cases were paid on appeal with nearly another 30% of cases […]

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The disability insurers tend to follow certain denial patterns which reflect their own self interest in not paying benefits. The timing of the disability denial may have definite and serious ramifications. The first set of claim denials occur at a time just prior to the transition from Short Term Disability to Long Term Disability. For […]

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There seems to be an unrealistic belief amongst claimants that settlement of their disability claim is available just for the asking. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are some insurers who will not approve disability payment settlements under any condition. They take the position that they will stick by the contract and pay […]

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Face it. The underlying policies of the Social Security Administration (SSA) are clearly lacking. There are no provisions for person to be only partially disabled or to assist employers in retaining disabled persons working in lesser roles. These deficiencies result in 90% of persons found disabled not returning to work. The failure to promote employment […]

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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued its September, 2015 Audit Report entitled “The Social Security Administration’s Efforts to Eliminate the Hearings Backlog” in which it took SSA to task for its failure in its efforts in this regard. As of March, 2015, […]

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Social Security Disability Determination Services Audit Updates 6 – 15 By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. Over the past months, the Office of the Inspector General has issued many reports which have described various performance aspects in the Social Security Administration and cited the following: There is a large range of average processing times for Disability […]

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THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BATTLE BEGINS By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. The new Republican-led Congress fired its first salvo by passing a rule that would prohibit fund shifting between the respective Social Security funds in order to address a potential shortfall in the Social Security Disability Fund which is set to endure a shortfall in […]

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The following is a top ten list of things you just do not do when it comes to disability administrators or insurers: #1 DO NOT APPEAL YOUR CLAIM WITHOUT EXPERIENCED REPRESENTATION To appeal your own claim is to become your own attorney…and you will not be able to sue yourself for malpractice. The majority of […]

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This firm recently acquired information in long term disability claim files from Cigna Group Insurance which sheds greater light on the problem of using vendors recommended by insurers to handle Social Security Disability Claims. The vendor in this case is ALLSUP, a company which is utilized by several disability insurance companies to assist claimants to […]

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There are several types of disability benefits available depending on an individual’s circumstances. The best known are Social Security disability benefits. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available to workers who have paid into the Social Security system through payroll deductions. In order to qualify for SSD benefits, a worker must have paid a minimum […]

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