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8 Tips to Winning Your Social Security Disability Case

Posted by Scott Flexer

Nearly 14% of Floridians are suffering from some sort of disability. But how many of those individuals are actually getting the support they deserve? Reports show that over 50% of disability claims are denied on the initial try, making the experience very frustrating for many individuals. Complicating matters, it’s not up to individual states to decide if you qualify; that job is left to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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Topics: Social Security Disability, social security benefits, Florida Social Security Advocates

Good News for Social Security Recipients: 2018 COLA Report

Posted by DEF

Social Security recipients, we have good news: the Social Security Administration (SSA) has released their annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), and we’re happy to report that there will be a two percent increase.

Designed to keep up with the ever-changing cost of living, this social security benefit adjustment is the highest increase in six years.

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Topics: Cost of Living Adjustments, social security benefits

What's the Penalty for Committing Social Security Benefits Fraud?

Posted by Scott Flexer

What's the Penalty for Committing Fraud When Applying for Social Security Benefits?

For four years Between 1999 and 2002, veteran Anthony Patrick Stanford had regularly reported pain in his ankles and wrists, which made doctors issue him with a mechanical wheelchair after performing various surgeries. As a result of his disability, Stanford applied for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and VA disability benefits, which he was approved for and received more than $7,000 per month in payments.

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Topics: social security fraud, fraud, social security benefits

Will the Social Security System Run Out of Money Soon?

Posted by David Budlin

Every now and again, you might hear a news story or a politician talking about the Social Security program and how it’s going to run out of money soon. Sometimes, pundits will make the claim that Social Security is draining resources from the government (which is patently untrue—Social Security is funded by a payroll deduction that’s completely separate from your income taxes).

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Topics: social security, Social Security funding, social security benefits

How Do Social Security Benefits Help American Workers?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Social Security is one of the most prevalent lifelines available to American workers. According to statistics from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Understanding the Benefits publication, “about 60 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits.”

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Topics: disablity, Disability Insurance, social security, social security benefits, Social Security Disability, social security education, Supplemental Security Income

Why Was Social Security Created in the First Place?

Posted by David Budlin

For many Americans, Social Security is the final defense against total poverty when they can no longer work because of old age or disability. But, how did Social Security get its start, and why?

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Topics: social security, social security benefits, Benefits Programs

5 Key Facts About Social Security Disability Benefits in Florida

Posted by Scott Flexer

As the southernmost peninsular state in the U.S., Florida has been coined as the “Sunshine State.” Between east and west coast beaches and plenty of theme parks, Florida has a happy reputation for sun and fun. However, if you’re suffering from a medically disabling condition in Florida, it may not seem so sunny.

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Topics: SSI, SSDI, Disability benefits in Florida, social security benefits

4 Factors That Could Lower Your Social Security Benefits in Florida

Posted by Scott Flexer

The Social Security Administration has been providing substantial income, SSDI and SSI benefits, to those who are disabled and are no longer able to sufficiently provide for themselves or their families. While you may be receiving full disability benefits, your overall Social Security disability and SSI benefits may be lowered or discontinued as a result of 4 factors.

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Topics: social security benefits, disability benefits FL, Living Arrangement, pensions, Income Increases

How Can I Lose My Social Security Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

As time continues, so does your disabling condition and other benefits you may receive along the way. The Social Security Administration conducts a review every few years or more to evaluate your condition.

These reviews are a part of a process that helps determine your eligibilityto continue to receive disability benefits. They help the SSA evaluate your condition and determine whether they will continue benefit payments to you.

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Topics: social security benefits, losing benefits, moving

10 Facts About Social Security Benefits in Florida

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you are suffering from a disabling condition that is inhibiting your work performance then you should apply for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration.

Filing for Social Security disability benefits is challenging in nature and can easily become more complex as the application process unfolds.

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Topics: social security, Florida Disability Benefits, social security benefits, Facts About Social Security Benefits

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