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A Proposed Change to Continuing Disability Review

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”)

Can I get my federal student loan discharged after Social Security disability approval?

If you are receiving social security disability benefits, you may be eligible to have your federal student loans canceled through the “Total and Permanent Disability” discharge. This discharge means that you don’t have to repay your federal student loans.

Social Security Disability: Ninth Circuit November 2019 Caselaw Update

At the LaPorte Law Firm, we monitor closely the decisions of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Social Security matters. The Ninth Circuit Court hears appeals of SSA decisions for residents of western states of the U.S., including California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

Five Important Changes Coming to Social Security for 2020

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

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

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.

SSA May Eliminate the Right to an In-Person Hearing in Favor of Video Teleconference

On November 15, 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) proposed a new rule that would affect your right to an in-person hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Under the current rules, SSA policy gives you the right to attend your hearing in person.

Hiring an attorney improves your chances at the hearing, according to government study

Hiring an attorney improves your chances of obtaining a favorable decision from a disability judge. According to a December 2017 report by the Government Accountability Office, disability claimants who were represented at their hearing were almost 3 times as likely as unrepresented claimants to achieve a favorable result.

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