Birmingham Social Security Disability Attorney

Video Conferencing Expected in One-Third of Social Security Disability Appeals Hearings in 2015

by Staff Blogger | March 3rd, 2015

The Birmingham Social Security Disability (SSD) attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that when a denial is issued on an SSD claim, a disabled worker has the right to file an appeal of the decision. However, the wait time for an appeal hearing can be long.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is working to alleviate these wait times by implementing a new way to hold appeals hearings. Now, disabled workers can utilize video conferencing technology to attend appeals hearings, and the idea seems to be successful.

SSA data indicates that a total of 171,475 appeals hearings were held via video conference in the United States in 2014. That’s around 28 percent of all hearings. Handling cases this way has allowed the SSA to reduce their appeals backlog by as many as 500,000 cases, and the agency is hoping to increase the number of video conferences by two percent in 2015.

Having your hearing held via video conference could save you a significant amount of time and money, depending on where you live. Speaking with a qualified legal representative may help you determine the best course of action for your SSD claim.

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3 Reasons To Hire An Attorney When Applying For Social Security Disability

by Staff Blogger | June 10th, 2014

Anyone who is unable to work due to a mental or physical condition and who meets the eligibility requirements of the Social Security Disability system may have a right to benefits; however, being approved for such assistance can sometimes prove difficult, considering the latest number show Social Security Disability ratings are at a low.

Data collected from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Workload Data on Disability Appeals indicates that in 2008, the SSA had a disability approval rating of 36 percent. By 2013, that number had plummeted three points to 33 percent. Cases that went into the hearing stage saw an even more dramatic decline in approval ratings, going from 63 percent in 2008 to a mere 48 percent in 2013.

These numbers are proof that having quality legal representation by your side during the claims process is crucial. At Norris Injury Lawyers, our team of Birmingham personal injury attorneys explains there are several areas where having a lawyer will prove beneficial, including:

  • Timely Processing of a Claim– An attorney will be able to quickly identify if you are eligible for benefits and can streamline the paperwork and processes of applying for such benefits.
  • Cutting Wait Times– Hiring a lawyer can help ensure your paperwork is completed correctly the first time, eliminating the need for corrections in order for your case to move forward. This can also lead to decisions on a claim being made faster.
  • Having An Expert By Your Side– With an attorney, you will have legal expertise to guide you through each step of the claims process, including appeals and trials if necessary.

 

Social Security Administration Announces Cost of Living Adjustment of 1.5 Percent for 2014

by Staff Blogger | November 26th, 2013

November 26, 2013

More than 4.7 million Americans depend on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits as their main source on income. For many, making ends meet on the meager amount allotted to them can be extremely difficult. The Birmingham Social Security Disability Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain the government attempts to address this problem annually through a Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs). However, the increases issued in recent years have been historically low.

The federal government determines COLA increases by examining the fluctuations in prices of certain goods and services that are necessary for everyday life. Some of these include electricity, transportation, housing, and food. The higher the costs for these products, the greater the COLA those receiving Social Security benefits will receive.

This year’s increase in payments is only 1.5 percent for 2015. An article from the Wall Street Journal states this means each individual receiving Social Security will see an increase in monthly payments of around $19.

This is one of the lowest COLAs ever issued.

Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Alabama Injury Attorneys recognize how difficult it can be for people to get the benefits needed to support themselves and their families. That is why the firm is here to help anyone who is considering applying for SSD benefits.

Birmingham Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Effects of Government Shutdown

by Staff Blogger | October 8th, 2013

October 8, 2013

Millions of Americans are unable to work due to disabilities, leaving them dependent on Social Security Disability benefits for income. The Birmingham Social Security Disability Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that payments of benefits may be in jeopardy during the government shutdown.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that legislators have announced that Congress needs to reach an agreement to raise the national debt ceiling, which would establish an annual budget for the nation. If there is no agreement, the appropriations used to pay Social Security recipients may run out. This could prevent individuals from receiving their typical full payments.

The government is expected to hit their allotted annual spending for the year on Oct. 17. If an agreement is not reached by then, the government will only be allowed to spend cash that is on hand. After that money has been spent, the Department of Treasury will have to continue cutting costs.

Such a move could put roughly 46 million Americans at risk of lacking the income they need to support their daily needs.

Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how complex the Social Security system can be. That is why the firm is available to help those who are in need navigate the process of receiving Social Security Disability benefits.

Can Autistic Children Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

by Staff Blogger | August 6th, 2013

August 6, 2013

About one in 88 children are born with autism every year. For many parents, the costs of caring for a child with the condition can be quite high. In fact, the Harvard School of Public Health found the average amount spent on the care of an autistic child was between $67,000 and $72,000 per year.

These costs leave many families with an autistic child financially struggling and searching for income resources. But many parents don’t realize that their child may qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits to help offset the costs of care.

According to an article from the Autism Support Network, a child suffering from autism spectrum disorder may qualify for Social Security Disability if they are under the age of 18 years old and do not hold a job that is considered substantial work. Their condition must also leave them with “marked and severe limitations” and must have persisted for more than 12 months.

The Social Security Administration will then examine the child’s communication skills, imagination, and ability to socially interact age appropriately. Parental income and resources will also be considered.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how complex the application process for disability benefits can be and are here to answer any questions an individual may have if they are considering applying for such benefits for themselves or a loved one.

Deadline Passes for Switching Alabama Social Security Benefits to Electronic Payments

by Staff Blogger | March 5th, 2013

March 5, 2013

For the past several years, the Social Security Administration has been asking recipients of Social Security Disability and retirement benefits to switch from receiving paper checks to electronically processed deposits. An article from FOX 10 News reported there were still roughly 112,000 individuals in Alabama who had not made the switch before the March 1st deadline.

The decision to make the change to electronic payments was made after an analysis discovered the government could save roughly $1 billion over the next decade by eliminating the printing and mailing costs association with checks. The new system also offers a much more time-efficient method of delivering benefits to recipients.

Treasure Department EFT Director, Walt Henderson, explained that the individuals who have not made the switch yet will not see a disruption in their payments. However, they can expect to be individually contacted via phone and mail to discuss options on how to comply with the new policy.

The switch is simple and can be done in just a few minutes by contacting a local Social Security office.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers have experience handling the complexities of Social Security claims. That’s just one reason the firm encourages anyone who is considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits to discuss your case with a qualified attorney first.

Brain Injury Leaves Worker with Serious Memory Problems

by Staff Blogger | October 2nd, 2012

Oct. 2, 2012

For most people, the inability to remember anything prior to waking up resembles something from the movies. For one Birmingham man, however, this scenario is reality.

According to WAFB 9 News, the victim was on a ladder organizing supplies when the ladder suddenly lost its footing and sent the victim falling to the floor. The man stated the next thing he remembered was an employee waking him up. He was rushed to a local hospital, where it was determined he had suffered a serious concussion.

Following the accident, the victim’s ability to remember what had gone on throughout his day began to slip away. The problem culminated with the victim waking up believing it was the morning of the accident and unable to remember anything prior to waking up.

The man remains in the cycle with no answers from medical professionals other than the victim’s memory could come back at any moment. Until then, the victim’s wife must constantly remind him of his condition, while he sends himself notes and emails as reminders for important events.

The victim’s condition leaves him collecting Birmingham Social Security Disability benefits due to his inability to work. With his wife attending school while working, paying bills has become extremely difficult.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are here to help you if you have been injured on the job and are struggling get the assistance you need.