New Ruling Explains Primary Headache Disorders

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.

Average Waiting Times for Final Decision after Disability Hearing Request

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.

Ninth Circuit Caselaw Update

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.

New Supreme Court Decision Regarding Vocational Expert Testimony

To determine if a claimant can perform a job despite limitations from a health problem, the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) will hear testimony from a vocational expert. The vocational expert is an impartial expert who has a working knowledge of the existence and demands of jobs in the national economy.

How Social Security Benefits Impact Your Taxes

Each January, individuals who receive SSA disability or retirement benefits receive a Form SSA-1099. This form shows the amount of social security benefits you received in the previous year. You may have to pay federal income tax on these benefits if you have other substantial income in addition to your benefits (such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends, or any other taxable income that you report on your tax return). According to Social Security and the IRS, about 40% of people who receive Social Security benefits, including retirees, have to pay income taxes on their benefits.

How Long Will I Have to Wait for My Disability Hearing – February 2019 Update

At the LaPorte Law Firm, we take pride in providing information to our clients so that they know what to expect in terms of wait times. Our attorneys take care to give accurate and up to date wait-time estimations. Here is an updated list of current average wait times as of February 2019. Below we’ve provided a link to find out which hearing office has jurisdiction over your SSDI or SSI disability claim.

Starving the Beast

It is no surprise to our clients and others that SSA offices have failed, or more accurately, have been unable to provide quality service to the public. What is clear from the data is that Congressionally-mandated budget cuts over many years are the reason for SSA’s problems.