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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for North Carolina on
Q: I was denied Social Security disability at my hearing date on November 21st I need a good appeals attorney are you able
Scott F Bocchio
Scott F Bocchio answered on Dec 11, 2019

You will need to Request an Appeal at the Appeals Council level and hope that it is remanded back to the local office for re-evaluation.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Personal Injury and Social Security for Arizona on
Q: I am without gainful employment with an unnoticed permanent total disability of a traumatic brain injury can I get help

Due to an industrial commission stipulation agreement the state of Arizona's benefits have been denied due to a false interpretation of the disability

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 7, 2019

I'm sorry for the impact this injury has had upon your life. You chose categories that make sense for injury/disability. But you mention the Industrial Commission of Arizona. If this involves an injury that occurred in the course of your employment, and you had a workers' compensation attorney at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Tennessee on
Q: hello I've been approved for SSDI and SSI since September haven't got my first check yet and you want to reopen my case
Scott F Bocchio
Scott F Bocchio answered on Dec 4, 2019

I would call the local Social Security Administrative office in your area. I would not reapply until you speak with them. You shouldn't have to apply again if you have an approval letter. It can sometimes take weeks and even several months to receive payment.

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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for West Virginia on
Q: I'm wanting to apply for disability I am diagnosed as manic depressive bipolar with adhd and ptsd how do I apply

I've never dealt with this and I really need the help I haven't been able to hold a job in over a year for more than a month I'm not very good with computers and I'm currently living in a really unhealthy living situation bc of my diagnosis and judgmental parents and zero income I just really need... Read more »

Scott F Bocchio
Scott F Bocchio answered on Dec 4, 2019

We always suggest that you apply for SSDI and see if you are eligible. Please keep in mind, the process is tedious and can take as little as 3 months or as long as 24+ months. It's imperative to have all medical documentation and appointments up to date at all times.

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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Q: SS disability and collateral estoppel. My disabled adult daughter was awarded SSI. I am about to retire. I am told

SSI will end and she had to apply for SSDI. Will she have to go through another medical evaluation? I am told the disability decision from SSI may carry over to SSDI not that it will carry over.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 26, 2019

It should carry over. Check with your county's disability advocate, or if your daughter has a specific condition with an association that works for people with that condition (e.g., the MS Society). Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Kentucky on
Q: Can SSI be garnished for Child support arrears?

Hi, Im a social worker I have a client who we have moved from homelessness to housing through our program. She has many medical issues and is in recovery from substance use, as well. She was recently awarded SSI and has a high child support arrears. Family court in her county is asserting that all... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 13, 2019

They cannot seize or garnish her ss for child support or anything else. In fact, you may be able to get ss to pay for the children from the time she applied for ss up though their emancipation. I would have her start paying a small amount towards the arrearage each week to show good faith, but no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Social Security for California on
Q: disabled person rights on repossession of car in california far away from home left stranded

with wallet and cash still in car was so scared was sick for days told the tow people that i just need my wallet and meds even had police officer call and nope was stranded hungry scared in not so good neighborhood my disabled placard was showing correctly, I could of had another stroke or worse... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 3, 2019

I'm sorry for this terrible experience, given your disabled condition. A California attorney could advise best but your question remains open for four weeks. If you have medical documentation of the sickness/injury you suffered here, such as ER visit or doctor examination, gather them and see if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: I am the payee for my moms social security. I used money to stay off streets when homeless. SS found out.

Social security left mesg. Wanting to talk to me cause they are investigating this. The want me to call. Im scared.

K. Bryan Goodman
K. Bryan Goodman answered on Nov 1, 2019

The most important piece of advice in this situation is not to speak with the investigators without an attorney present. Do not think you can simply explain the situation or talk your way out of it. That will not happen. Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law and Social Security for Illinois on
Q: Court order to stop child support payments as of July 2019 child support didn't tell social security until October 2019

Child support payments has been taken from my benefits since September of 2019

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 29, 2019

You may be entitled to a reimbursement from the other parent or a credit against other expenses you may owe or even college expenses.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am currently in SSI AND HAVE BEEN FOR 15 YRS. I have not been able to find a psychiatrist tthat accepts my medicaidHEL
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

That may be because of your plans. Your county MH coordinator should be able to assist you. Because of the reimbursement rates and amount of paperwork involved it is very difficult for anyone on Medical Assistance to find Psychologists or Psychiatrists to help. Philhaven outpatient or similar may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Q: Does SSI give written notice before changing your benefits? And how much notice is given?

I have started working and have reported it, but would like to know if I will receive my November check, as I have received no notice as of today. Thanks so much.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

Your best bet is to speak to someone at social security or the state. I assume you had some agreement when you began work as in a spend down plan?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Child Support and Social Security for Washington on
Q: I’m ilegal in United state I’m have 18 years old my dad kick me out because he don’t want to have expenses with me

I’m come when I’m have 14 years old my mom is in my country she leave me alone because she married with other man and not one can’t take care of me I’m came here my dad change a lot he married with other woman she don’t like me he put me work when I’m have 15 because he don’t want to... Read more »

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Oct 7, 2019

Honey I'm so sorry you're going through this. You should go to Catholic Social Services, if you can find one. If your dad has papers you may be able to get your green card through being a trafficking victim. You might be able to find help here: Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for New York on
Q: I was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer in 2017 I received chemo and radiation and now taking medications

I was out of work for a year and then went back part time. I am now back full time and was advised to still go ahead and try for back pay for the time I was out of work. I still suffer from ptsd and anxiety as well as in these side effects from the medicine. I am trying to work as I have 3 small... Read more »

Cristina M. Lipan
Cristina M. Lipan answered on Oct 7, 2019

If you are found to have been disabled for at least 1 year, then yes, you are entitled to benefits, even if it was for a prior period, and no longer need it going forward. However, you can only get benefits going back 1 year from when you apply.

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Social Security for Massachusetts on
Q: Is my wife eligible for Social Security Disability?

My wife, 57, is legally blind. Her vision has steadily gone downhill for 15-20 years and hasn't driven since 2005. She hasn't worked since 1995 after our second daughter was born.

L. David Ferrari
L. David Ferrari answered on Oct 3, 2019

Maybe, but unlikely. If she is qualified for disability for medical reasons, because she has not paid into Title 2 AKA SSDI since 1995, she would not qualify financially. The other benefit available IF she medically qualifies, is Supplemental Security Income AKA Title 16 or SSI.

SSI is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Ohio on
Q: I finally got approved for disability. I have a brain tumor for which i had surgery on May 2, 2016. Its location

Prevented total removal. It is a meningioma located near my pituitary gland. It obstructed my left orbital nerve. I’m blind in my left eye. I’m now hypothyroid and tired all the time. I had a stroke in April 2018. I haven’t worked since surgery. I was looking forward to returning... Read more »

L. David Ferrari
L. David Ferrari answered on Oct 3, 2019

There is too little in your statement to give a helpful answer beyond speculation. It may be SSA is just slow in getting you your back pay. They often take 3 months to process it and can take more time. At this point, no lawyer will want to help you because you have already won and they can make no... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Social Security and Bankruptcy for Alabama on
Q: I got denied disability and need a financial aid lawyer to help with my appeal
Cristina M. Lipan
Cristina M. Lipan answered on Sep 30, 2019

You should search for legal aid in Alabama, and see what is available close to you. If you don't qualify, keep in mind that most attorneys will only charge you if successful in finding you disabled.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Health Care Law and Social Security for Michigan on
Q: If a person on SSI/medicaid wanted to go on a cruise, are they able to pay for their caretaker's ticket without penalty?

I'm physically disabled from brain cancer. I require a wheelchair, receive SSI/Medicaid and have a registered in-home caretaker from the state of Michigan. I would like to go on a cruise, but it would be necessary that my caretaker come along with me. Can I pay for their ticket and have it count... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Sep 26, 2019

The $10,000 inheritance is disqualifying income in the month of receipt. There is not much you can do about that. If you still have that money on hand on the first day of the following month, sitting in a regular ol' checking account, for example, it will be a countable asset and that will again... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hey Will I go to jail for retail theft the items was only $39. I also have a prior retail theft in 2016 will I do jail ?
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 23, 2019

Almost surely not. Probation.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Virginia on
Q: My boyfriend is going through a divorce can he lose his disability when property and money is divided

Will this make him lose his disability? Or how does he keep from losing his disability benefits? rental properties and other real estate has to be divided

Jerry Lutkenhaus
Jerry Lutkenhaus answered on Sep 9, 2019

As a Virginia Social Security Disability lawyer, I can tell you this divorce should have no impact on his disability. However, he should verify this with his divorce lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Health Care Law and Social Security for Florida on
Q: Can my father pass an inheritance he will receive to his kids without reporting it an losing his medical benefits ?

So my father is on his fathers Will an will receive about $40,000. his father is medically unable to change the will at this time. My father is on Social security disability, has medicare an medicaid which are very important because he needs them to pay for dialysis. I heard that if he gets this... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Sep 5, 2019

You can disclaim an inheritance but it won't necessarily go to his kids. There are also exemptions on medicaid/care for lump sums.

I would suggest hiring an attorney to advise him on this. If you don't do it correctly it'll be bad.

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