Coronavirus’s Effect on the Social Security Administration

March 25th, 2020

As the effect of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we’re monitoring the latest news about its effect on the Social Security Administration and the processing of your SSDI and SSI applications. On March 16, the Social Security Administration announced that its offices would close throughout the country to protect workers and benefit recipients from the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re Here to Help!

March 25th, 2020

After the stay-at-home order that went into effect in California on March 19, 2020, COVID-19 is impacting every person and business across the state. At the LaPorte Law Firm we recognize that this period is a time of great uncertainty, and the ground seems to be shifting with the rapidly evolving crisis.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Disability Hearings in the Bay Area

March 22nd, 2020

The shelter in place order that went into effect on March 17, 2020 impacts over 7 million people across six bay area counties. The order is expected to last until at least April 7, 2020. This is an uncertain time for everyone, especially our clients who have waited for years for their disability hearing and now face potential further delays due to the coronavirus.

New Food Stamps Rule Goes into Effect on April 1, 2020

February 6th, 2020

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps, helps provide support for low-income households to buy food. If you receive SSI, you may be eligible to receive SNAP assistance to purchase food.

A Proposed Change to Continuing Disability Review

January 10th, 2020

After your application for disability benefits is approved, the Social Security Administration periodically reviews your medical impairments to determine if you are still disabled. If the SSA determines that you are no longer disabled, you will stop receiving benefits. This review of your impairment is called a Continuing Disability Review (“CDR”)

Five Important Changes Coming to Social Security for 2020

October 18th, 2019

The Social Security Administration has released information about the changes that are coming in 2020. Each year, the Social Security Administration must make changes that are tied to inflation. Here are the five most important things you need to know as we look forward to 2020.

New Ruling Explains Primary Headache Disorders

September 19th, 2019

On August 26, 2019, the Social Security Administration released Social Security Ruling 19-4p, a new Ruling that addresses primary headache disorder. This Ruling explains how the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) evaluates primary headache disorders in disability claims.

Ninth Circuit Caselaw Update

April 16th, 2019

At the LaPorte Law Firm our clients primarily live in the Bay Area. The hearing offices in the Bay Area – San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and San Rafael – are under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. Here is a summary of updated Ninth Circuit case law that deals with issues effecting Social Security Disability Claimants.