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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Social Security for Texas on
Q: Hello, I applied for disability and now it has been 11 months and I haven’t heard anything back from the state.

Do I need a lawyer and how much will it cost?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 28, 2021

Your 11 month wait for a disability decision from Social Security is about what I have been experiencing with my clients' cases since COVID. You can either call Social Security and ask about the status of your case or you can go to My Social Security and check for updates online.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Social Security for Texas on
Q: I am 56 and lost my job of about 30 years because of a work injury that left me with a permanent weight restriction.

I am going to file for SSDI. Should I apply for unemployment so that I can have income while waiting to hear if I qualify for SSDI? I think I may qualify with a grid rule. I received Workman's Comp for 2 years.

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Dec 24, 2020

Yes, you can apply and receive unemployment benefits while you apply for SSDI benefits. It is a practical approach. Be aware, however, that there is a contradiction in getting both benefits since unemployment requires you to be ABLE to work and actively look for work, and SSDI approval requires... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Social Security for California on
Q: Can u rec ssi and work less than 20 HRS a month .

Due to the epidemic I applied for the epidemic assistance by the EDD . I was like a taxie giving rides. The web site says u can do that . Is that true.

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Dec 12, 2020

If SSA investigates you and thinks you can work, they will deny you. They don't need a specific rule to do it. That said, you can automatically be kicked out of the system if you earn too much in a month. It has nothing to do with how many hours you work. If you earn over $1,000 in a month,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Q: Unrecorded income

Hello,

Income I made from 1992 to 1994 was not recorded even if I filed my taxes for those years. I contacted my ex-employer and they gave me a confirm letter with my salaries for the years I worked, but the letter is not considered as proof by the social security office. I just dont know... Read more »

Steven J. Fromm
Steven J. Fromm answered on Nov 15, 2020

If you have copies of your tax returns for those years, I would call the social security administration to see if they could update their records accordingly. If they cannot do it, then this gets to be a harder task. You could contact the IRS (good luck with that these days with their limited... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Public Benefits and Social Security for Washington on
Q: after the car has been towed for 45 days, the car has been sold by “Wallys towing”. What should I do?

I am an international student, and I had a car ins Seattle. Because of COVID-19, I planned to go back to my home country, and I will go back to America in next year. My friend who live in Seattle taken care my car, he parked my car on the side of the road, but the car was towed away. After the car... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Nov 12, 2020

Your problem should be dealt with under state or local city law. That means to get the right answer, you need to ask your questions to a Washington State attorney.

I am a Utah attorney. If a car is left too long in the public space in Utah, a tow company can tow it, and eventually sell it....
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2 Answers | Asked in Social Security on
Q: After 17 yes SSD is evalutating my case and want to see their doctor. With this virus must I go?

I do not take meds, they do not interact well with me. I learned to do without and try to live normal. Its difficult but better than becoming addicted to pain killers. My immune is compromised. This virus scares me . will I be kicked off SSI if I call and cancel that appt.

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Sep 18, 2020

Your benefits are based on medical evidence. If your immune system is compromised, do you have a personal physician that can write a letter explaining this to SSA and recommending some option other than visiting an SSA doctor like waiting until you can get immunized?

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2 Answers | Asked in Social Security and Health Care Law for California on
Q: Is it Too late to Fix my Disability claim?

About a 2 years ago i was diagnosed with Lymphoma and applied for disability and hired a lawyer, due to an issue it got delayed about a year till this march/april. at the time from the way things were going i had assumed i would be right as rain and back to normal within a month from what the test... Read more »

Stanley Dale Radtke
Stanley Dale Radtke answered on Jul 14, 2020

When you state that you "applied for disability," was that for State Disability Insurance, "SDI", or Social Security Disability Insurance "SSDI", or for Supplemental Security Income "SSI"?

If you are taking about SSDI, then you must have 40 units of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for California on
Q: Can / Should I apply for SSDI while collecting unemployment?

Presently I am receiving unemployment benefits due to COVID-19 loss of business, and later will want to apply for SSDI.

My question- should I collect as much as possible in unemployment and only then apply for SSDI, or I can apply for SSDI now, while collecting unemployment?... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jul 3, 2020

It takes a great deal of time, and it is not easy to qualify for, SSDI benefits. To get unemployment insurance benefits you need to certify that you are ready, willing and able to work full time, and that you are seeking full time employment. To qualify for SSDI benefits you need to establish... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Social Security for California on
Q: Receiving Government relief and Unemployment while applying for Disability?

I am in the process of filing for SSDI in CA which coincidentally happens during the ongoing COVID19

Following announcements I have filed for temporary relief and unemployment insurance- just as the Governor said.

The condition of applying for SSDI is absolutely no income from any... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 12, 2020

To get SSDI you need to certify that you are physically or mentally incapable of performing work. To get unemployment insurance benefits you need to certify that you are ready willing and able to work full time and that you are seeking full time employment. The two are mutually exclusive. If you... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Social Security for New Jersey on
Q: In New Jersey, will I be able to keep stimulus check 2020? I'm disabled on SSI and SSD and will be filing chapter 7.

I'm in the process of starting Chapter 7 and will be receiving help from nonprofit organization that provides legal services to low income individuals. I was assigned a lawyer but because of COVID-19 was not able to meet and give the packet of information they sent me to him. Another... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Apr 11, 2020

No one here can provide a precise answer to your questions, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic you can still send your bankruptcy information packet to the attorney. Your bankruptcy cannot start until your attorney files the petition with the Court, which can be done electronically. Since you have... Read more »

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