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Pennsylvania: General Assistance Benefits Slashed for Thousands

Do You Get $205 a Month From Pennsylvania Welfare? You Will Lose Your Cash Assistance Starting August 1.   Pennsylvania’s new state budget ends the General Assistance program. General Assistance is cash welfare for people with no minor children. You will lose your cash assistance if: You are not caring for a minor child, and You get $102.50 from welfare two times Read Full Article »

Chermol & Fishman, LLC Wins EAJA Dispute in Delaware

January 25, 2012 Today the United States District Court for the District of Delaware granted Chermol & Fishman, LLC’s motion for attorney fees pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d).  Additionally, the Court reaffirmed and discussed its underlying order to overturn the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) attempt to deny Plaintiff’s application for disability benefits. (Click Read Full Article »

Drugs, Alcohol, & Social Security Disability

drugs-alcohol-disability The conventional wisdom is that if you have drug and alcohol problems you cannot get Social Security disability benefits. As with almost everything regarding Social Security disability, the conventional wisdom is wrong. The reality is that you can get disability benefits even if you suffer from drug and alcohol problems. In 1996 Congress passed legislation prohibiting the award of Social Security disability or SSI benefits on Read Full Article »

Appeals to The Federal Court: You Need to Be Doing It

SSA-Court-of-Appeals For many disability representatives (non-attorneys and attorneys alike), if an application is denied by an ALJ and the Appeals Council does not grant review, then the claim is effectively dead. That shouldn’t be the case. In order to best represent your clients, federal court appeals must be part of your overall strategy. I want to briefly describe the federal court Read Full Article »

The Language Barrier and Social Security Disability

social-security-disability-language-barrier I hope you saw my partner’s article last week about how Social Security is not just for retirement. It’s also for people who are unable to work due to physical or mental problems. But one of the things which prevents deserving people from getting the disability benefits they deserve is the language barrier. I was Social Security’s senior disability lawyer Read Full Article »

Social Security, It’s Not Just For Retirement

social-security-and-retirement When people hear “Social Security,” they think retirement. It’s true that Social Security provides retirement benefits for tens of millions of people who have worked in this country. But that’s only part of the picture. The least known and arguably most important program run by the Social Security Administration is its disability benefits program. That program provides benefits to disabled workers, surviving spouses, children, and Read Full Article »

Social Security Said You Didn’t Need a Lawyer

social-security-said-i-didnt-need-a-lawyer Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late I have heard this many times from a lot of clients. Usually, they say this to me after they have been denied and their case is now a total mess. If a Social Security employee gives you advice like this, I want you to ask yourself two questions: If you were involved in a lawsuit, Read Full Article »

Can I Get Social Security Disability and Workers Compensation Benefits?

workers-compensation-lawyer Yes.  It’s just that simple. The issue becomes how much of each you can get.  The law provides that an individual can not receive in benefits more than 80% of what they were earning before they became disabled.  In other words, your workers compensation benefits and Social Security disability benefits combined cannot be more than 80% of what you were earning before you were injured. Read Full Article »

Where Does All This Money Come From?

disability-money The Social Security disability system costs the federal government billions and billions of dollars every single year. So where does this money come from? You. That’s the short answer. But it comes from you in two very different ways reflecting the two distinct disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration. Federal Income Tax Dollars The first way in which Read Full Article »

Social Security Disability Claims Denied More Often in Delaware

delaware-state-seal Two of the clients we recently represented in federal court actions, Joe Jones and Mildred Quinones, were featured in an article by Delaware’s News Journal regarding mistaken adjudications by SSA. We are proud to have won both of these cases in federal court. The full article is available here Read Full Article »

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