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.

Settlement Gives Second Chance to Disability Claimants Who Were Subjected to Medical Exams by Dr. Frank Chen

Thousands of individuals denied Social Security disability benefits after submitting to a medical exam by Dr. Frank Chen may soon be given the opportunity to have their denied claims re-evaluated as a result of a recent legal settlement. These claimants include those who were examined between 2007 and 2013 by Dr. Frank Chen at one of Social Security’s clinics located in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Luis Obispo County, including Northstate, Health Analysis, Priority, Pacific Health Clinic, or any other clinic at which they were seen by Dr. Chen.

Egregious SSA Employment Tax Evasion is on the Rise

Politicians have made hay over the last several years claiming that Social Security is approaching “bankruptcy” with too many people receiving retirement and disability benefits for Social Security to have a sustainable future. These claims have been repeatedly shown to be exaggerated.

Child in Care

These days, we often hear from certain politicians and media that too many people are receiving Social Security benefits. Yet a recent study showed that in one specific area involving monies to parents with a child under 16, SSA wrongfully terminated benefits to rightfully eligible mothers and fathers.

Use of Personal Health “Diaries” as Evidence at Your Disability Hearing

Personal health diaries can help prove disability claims based on medical conditions that increase or decrease in their severity. For example, an individual with a pulmonary condition causing recurring “attacks” may have adequate control of their symptoms most days, but the severity and frequency of asthma attacks, recurring bronchitis or pulmonary infections or “flares,” are such that the person can’t hold a job.

Social Security Disability and Child Support

The Federal Government, through the US Department of Health and Human Services, issued a new rule to make state child support enforcement programs more effective. In the new rule, the federal government set forth standards for each state to implement regarding collection and enforcement of child support.