While Social Security Ruling 06-03p states that Disability Determinations of other agencies are not binding on the Social Security Administration, this is very helpful news:
Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, along with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) today unveiled a new initiative to expedite disability claims by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T). Under the new process, Social Security will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from Wounded Warriors.

“Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and it is only right that we ensure they have timely access to the disability benefits they may be eligible for and deserve,” said Acting Commissioner Colvin. “Social Security worked with Veterans Affairs to identify those veterans with disabilities who have a high probability of also meeting our definition of disability. I am proud of our collaboration and happy to announce this new service for America’s vets.”

In order to receive the expedited service, veterans must tell Social Security they have a VA disability compensation rating of 100% P&T and show proof of their disability rating with their VA Notification Letter.

The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits. These veterans must still meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.

Social Security plans to launch the expedited process in mid-March.

For information about this service, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability-pt.htm.

For more about Social Security’s handling of Wounded Warrior’s disability claims, please visit
www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.

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Webinar on “Ticket to Work”

by admin on February 25, 2014

in Basics of SS disability

Many of my clients are curious about attempting to work while receiving disability benefits or while applying for disability benefits.  Each situation must be analyzed on a case by case basis, and I ask that my clients call me when they are contemplating this so that we can discuss the regulations.  There is an upcoming webinar by the Social Security Administration’s  on February 26th called “Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for People Who Have a Disability and Are Ready to Work.” Learn about it and register here.

 

(For further information, attorney Gordon Gates has written a blog post on Trial Work that provides some useful information as well.)

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My Firm

February 6, 2014

This website is primarily where I write about my Social Security practice. However, Jebaily Law Firm practices Workers Compensation law (helping injured workers), automobile accident and car wreck law (also known as “personal injury law”), family law, criminal law, and probate law. There are times when a client needs all areas of our practice. It […]

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Breakdown of Approvals and Denials in 2012

January 3, 2014

The chart below is a helpful breakdown of exactly what happened with applications for Social Security Disability in 2012. Of all the initial applications, 33% were approved and 67% were denied. Of those that were denied that went through with asking for reconsideration– only 12% were allowed while a whopping 88% were denied– making reconsideration […]

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Social Security is still open during the shutdown…

October 15, 2013

However, expect delays. Social Security is open, but not operating at full staff. Those that are working are doing their best, and we all have to be patient right now. From NY Daily News: BENEFIT PAYMENTS “Social Security and Medicare benefits continue to be paid out, but there could be delays in processing new disability […]

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South Carolina ALJ Statistics

April 30, 2013

The majority of my cases are in the Columbia, SC Social Security office, though I also have many in the Charleston office. The Pee Dee Region is predominantly handled by one of those two offices. According to disabilityjudges.com, the average hearing wait time for the Columbia office is now 14 months from the date you […]

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SC Needs More Free and Reduced Medical Clinics

April 29, 2013

US Representative Jim Clyburn highlighted this issue at the opening of a new clinic near Hilton Head according to an article by SC Now. I think this is a huge problem facing citizens and residents of the Pee Dee. In Florence County, we are TRULY blessed to have Hope Health. So many of my clients […]

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Wonderful News!

April 5, 2013

Social Security has done away with the “Secret ALJ Rule”. This rule kept representatives from knowing who the ALJ would be– sometimes until we walked in the hearing room. There were many reasons that I disliked this rule, but primarily because I could not adequately prepare my clients for what to expect from the ALJ. […]

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Free Medical Treatment in Columbia this weekend

August 16, 2012

So many of my clients would benefit from this! There will be free medical treatment at the State Fairgrounds this weekend. What is sad– is the number of people expected. They expect it to overwhelm the workers. That is because so many people can’t afford adequate healthcare. The dental cleanings is truly an added benefit! […]

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Alternative therapies and medicine

August 2, 2012

I’m fascinated by this article about alternative therapies. While the Social Security administration doesn’t put much credence in alternative therapies, this article shows how the medical community is beginning to embrace alternative therapies. These statistics are fascinating: At Regional’s three-year-old Center for Health and Healing, clients attend an eight-week mind-body program to learn proper breathing, […]

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