Social Security Disability Help

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

by Norris Injury Lawyers | 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.

Contact our Birmingham personal injury lawyers anytime—just dial (888) 318-4245.

SSA Announces 1.7 Percent Increase In Social Security Disability Benefits

by Norris Injury Lawyers | November 18th, 2014

If you’re medical condition is preventing you from working, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. However, it’s important to remember that these payments may only be a fraction of the wages you once earned. That’s why many recipients are excited to hear they will receive a bump in benefit payments in 2015.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2015 will result in a 1.7 increase in benefit payments to disabled and retired Americans. The COLA is determined by measuring the rate of inflation recorded on the goods and services we use each day.

So what does the COLA mean to the average recipient? Officials say the increase should result in each recipient getting a raise of around $20 per month. While this may seem like a significant increase, it’s important to remember that Social Security Disability benefits are taxable and that rate was raised by 1.3 percent for next year as well, which will likely take a large portion of the increase.

The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers suggest taking the following steps to help maximize your benefits:

  • Regularly Check Your Earned Benefits– Mistakes can be made by the SSA and a mistake in your earned benefits could prevent you from being fairly compensated. So it’s important to ensure all of your earned income is included in your earnings statements from the agency.
  • Speak With an Attorney– A lawyer will be able to help you pinpoint exactly what is needed to successfully argue on behalf of your legal right to compensation.

Getting Social Security Disability Benefits in Alabama

by Norris Injury Lawyers | September 23rd, 2014

When a person is no longer able to work because of a debilitating injury or medical condition, they may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits. There are currently millions of Americans who depend on such payments as their main source of income, many of whom live in Alabama.

A recent survey found there are currently an estimated 237,000 individuals living in Alabama who receive disability payments from the federal government. If spouses and children of those individuals are included, the number of disability recipients in Alabama swells to more than 300,000, or roughly 6 percent of Alabama’s population. According to Al.com, this leaves our state with the second highest number of Social Security Disability recipients in the nation.

Experts contend there could be several factors that have caused Alabama’s disability numbers to inflate, including the types of medications injury victims are prescribed. Data indicates states with high numbers of opioid painkiller prescriptions —such as Alabama—can expect to see higher rates of citizens applying for and receiving Social Security Disability.

Alabama’s top industries, such as manufacturing, mining, and construction, could also play a part in high accident numbers, as these are some of the most dangerous lines of work one could be involved in.

If you can no longer work due to an disability or medical condition, an Alabama Social Security Disability Lawyer from Norris Injury Lawyers can help you get the benefits you need—even if you were denied in the past. Call us at (888) 318-4245 to learn what we can do for you.

How To Get Social Security Disability Benefits

by Norris Injury Lawyers | September 9th, 2014

When someone is left permanently unable to work due to an injury or illness, they may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits. The process of being approved for these benefits can be both tricky and time consuming though, which is why the Alabama Social Security Disability lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would like to explain the steps that must be taken to successfully file a claim.

Educate Yourself

Social Security Disability benefits are only paid to those citizens who suffer from a qualifying condition and have worked long enough to receive benefits. The benefits you may receive will depend on both the amount of time you have worked and the amount of money you made during that time. This is why it’s so important to be aware of the benefits you are accumulating over the years. Signing up for the My Social Security program can help you access this information anytime you need it.

Get Your Case Together

Gathering the necessary medical records, doctor’s notes, and workplace documentation to prove your disability can be an arduous task. Furthermore, there are time constraints that must be considered when applying for benefits. Speaking with an attorney can give you a clear-cut idea on what will be needed to prove your case in a timely manner.

Even if all your paperwork is complete an on time, there’s a good chance your claim will be denied. The Social Security Administration estimates around 60 percent of initial claims are turned down by the agency. Having an attorney by your side can prove to be crucial during the appeals process.

Apply For Benefits

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our team of Birmingham personal injury attorneys has decades of combined experience helping the disabled get the benefits they need and can do the same for you. Call us at (888) 318-4245 to learn more about what we can do for you if you’re considering applying for Social Security Disability or have a claim that’s been denied in the past.