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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. Disability insurers focus on the issue of return to work in order to gain an advantage over claimants. The first way the issue of return to work is used is the “return to work estimate” requested from a treatment provider. This will be requested on an ordinary inquiry form and […]

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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. On January 14, 2015, prospective presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky), made the following off-the-cuff statement about the Social Security Disability Program: What I tell people is if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check. Over half of the […]

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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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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. Sensationalistic Journalism Misses the Point On Sunday, October 19, 2014, The Washington Post ran a front page story concerning the Social Security Disability backlog entitled “The Biggest backlog in the Federal Government.” The article is written from a sensationalistic perspective and spends more time trying to be provocative rather than […]

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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. Nearly all long term disability policies include a “Rehabilitation Plan” provision. A “Rehabilitation Plan” is a written agreement between the claimant and the disability insurer in which the disability insurer agrees to provide, arrange or authorize vocational or physical rehabilitation services. The disability insurer promises to undertake a physical or […]

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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. Many persons receiving long term disability benefits will be contacted by their insurers to encourage beneficiaries to apply for Social Security Disability and utilizing the company’s Social Security Disability vendor.  Some insurers will state that the representation will be done at no cost to the claimant.  There are several important […]

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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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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. CONGRESS’ CONTINUED ASSAULT ON SOCIAL SECURITY DETERMINATIONS AND PROCESSES (2014) Several Congressional Subcommittee hearings were held recently which reveal the intent of certain members of Congress to limit disability payments to beneficiaries. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Republican attacker, Darrel Issa (R-Ca) and featuring Social Security […]

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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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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. A lot can be learned from the press releases from the Social Security Administration (SSA) concerning their priorities and how they are being addressed. SSA has requested restoration of funding cut from its prior year budget so as to “increase our cost-effective program integrity work and enhance our vigorous fraud […]

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