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SSA Office Reopening Plans 2022

Social Security field office have been closed to the public for two years. Since March 2020, all business with SSA has been conducted online or over the phone. The closures have especially impacted those without access to reliable internet connection, computer equipment, or for those who speak English as a second language.

Slowdowns at local Social Security Offices

At the LaPorte Law firm, our attorneys and staff regularly interact with the local Social Security offices located throughout Northern California and Hawaii. This experience has allowed us to understand the slowdowns the Social Security Administration has experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that Terry LaPorte of the LaPorte Law Firm, has successfully achieved recertification as a Social Security Disability Law advocate.

Can You Qualify for Disability Benefits With Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a group of disorders that causes elevated blood sugar levels in the body. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10.5% of the US population has diabetes.

The seriousness of diabetes

Diabetes is a very serious disease that can lead to severe complications.

Can I Get Disability Benefits for My Anxiety or Depression

You can be entitled to SSDI benefits or SSI benefits if you suffer from anxiety or depression. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health impairments can have a significant impact on a person’s life and career. These mental health impairments can make it impossible for an individual to work and earn a living.

What You Can Spend Your SSI Benefits On

You’ve won your SSI case! Now what? There are specific rules that Social Security Administration has in place that affects how you can spend SSI money.

Spending Your SSI Benefits

If you are a direct recipient of SSI benefits, technically there is no limit to what you can use the money for.

How Third Stimulus Payments affects Social Security Disability Recipients

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. The $1.9 trillion stimulus package gives necessary financial support to Americans suffering as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here’s all the information you need to know about receiving a stimulus check while receiving social security disability benefits.

Working While Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

If you get Social Security disability benefits, you still may be able to work. Here are all the questions that our clients typically ask about working while receiving disability benefits and the answers we provide.

Will I lose my Social Security disability if I work?

Special rules make it possible for people to work and still receive Social Security disability benefits.

Average Social Security Disability Hearing Decision Time (2022)

For those of us in Social Security law practice, it is evident that the hearing offices in Northern California, Reno and Hawaii are taking longer to issue written decisions following hearings. It has been publicized that the waiting times to obtain hearings has slowed across the U.S., and we have passed along the statistics showing these delays in a separate article.

How much can I get in disability payments?

Considering filing an application for Social Security disability and unsure of your monthly payment amount if approved? Each individual has a unique disability amount based on covered earnings. Your monthly disability amount depends solely on the amount of federal income taxes you have paid over your lifetime.

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