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Denied Social Security Benefits? SSDI Attorney Advises

Denied Social Security Benefits? SSDI Attorney Advises October 29, 2011. By Jane Mundy.
Tulsa, OK If you have been denied Social Security Benefits, Eric Brown, Oklahoma Social Security attorney at Garret Law Offices, advises that you seek legal help before you appeal. And because there are no legal costs involved, many people hire Brown during the initial process. "We are only paid if back pay is awarded," says Brown, "and we don't take any portion of your ongoing monthly benefits." In other words, he only gets compensated if you are awarded a lump sum.
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New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Accepting Social Security Disability Benefits

New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Accepting Social Security Disability Benefits December 3, 2010. By Charles Benson.
Newark, NJ Moments prior to a jury selection, a Livingston, New Jersey, man pleaded guilty in an $800,000 investment scheme in addition to unlawfully receiving social security disability benefits, the Star-Ledger reports.
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A Hero's Widow Is Forced to Wait for Benefits

A Hero's Widow Is Forced to Wait for Benefits September 21, 2010. By Gordon Gibb.
Albuquerque, NM A common problem with social security disability is the delay many Americans encounter in obtaining their SSDI benefits after applying for them. It is such a problem that Congress included funds in last year's economic stimulus measure in an effort to process a backlog of claims. This year the Obama Administration seeks an additional $350 million to help funnel applications for Social Security benefits more quickly to those in need.
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AARP Survey: Young Americans Support Social Security

AARP Survey: Young Americans Support Social Security August 31, 2010. By Charles Benson.
Washington, DC A poll conducted by the AARP to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Social Security revealed that 90 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 said they felt that the social program was important.
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Some Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Must Wait Years for Medicare

Some Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Must Wait Years for Medicare August 16, 2010. By Charles Benson.
Menlo Park, CA A recent study revealed that many people under the age of 65 who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are struggling to get by.
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Social Security Disability: If at First You Don't Succeed…

Social Security Disability: If at First You Don't Succeed… May 6, 2010. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC If at first you are denied social security disability benefits, try again. About 60 percent of all initial claims are denied, but social security disability attorneys can help you appeal and win a social security benefits or SSI disability claim.
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California Senator Calls for an End to Lengthy Backlog of Social Security Disability Claims

California Senator Calls for an End to Lengthy Backlog of Social Security Disability Claims May 1, 2010. By Charles Benson.
Washington, DC Speaking before a joint congressional hearing earlier this week, Democratic Representative Bob Filner tasked his fellow members of Congress with ending the excessive backlog of social security disability claims.
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One Applicant Waited Five Years for Social Security Disability Benefits

One Applicant Waited Five Years for Social Security Disability Benefits April 16, 2010. By Gordon Gibb.
Syracuse, NY How long is a reasonable wait for social security disability (SSD) benefits? A few months? A year? One man in Syracuse, New York waited more than 500 days—and he's not the only one.
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Managers Pressured to Approve Applications for Social Security Disability Claims

Managers Pressured to Approve Applications for Social Security Disability Claims March 30, 2010. By Charles Benson.
Birmingham, AL A recent audit by the Social Security Administration's inspector general indicates that managers at the main state office that evaluates Social Security disability claims repeatedly pressured medical consultants to approve more cases for benefits.
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Dying Woman Forced to Wait for Social Security Disability Benefits

Dying Woman Forced to Wait for Social Security Disability Benefits March 19, 2010. By Gordon Gibb.
Farmington, NH The rules that govern the distribution of social security disability are forcing a 47-year-old woman dying of cancer to wait five months for her benefits—even though she was approved for aid in January and was found to have become disabled under administration rules November 1. Heather Russell will finally take delivery of her first check on May 19.
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