Social Security Disability FAQ

By | Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability FAQ If you’re disabled, can’t work, and previously paid into the Social Security system for five out of the past 10 years, you may have questions about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This program, administered by Social Security Administration (SSA), supports the worker when he or she can’t earn income because of disability. Both employers and employees must contribute to the program by paying FICA taxes. These Social Security taxes are withheld from current earnings so that employees pay into the Social Security system. In theory, every person who becomes disabled is eligible to receive SSDI benefits…

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Making Sense of a Social Security Disability Case

By | Social Security Disability

Waiting on a Social Security disability determination ruling from the Social Security Administration can be a very frustrating experience that many Americans endure. Individuals who have a debilitating condition are often already incapable of working long before they file, and managing to get through the waiting period is difficult for practically everyone filing. Many people also file for Social Security benefits long before they qualify by age and often by necessity. And, many claimants need benefits as soon as possible because of personal finances. The combination of personal situations and the extreme due diligence regarding disability determination by the SSA…

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Firefighters Learn About the Dangers of Truck Accidents and Ethanol Fires

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Social Security Disability

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management recently gave a seminar to more than 50 firefighters regarding the danger of a certain type of big rig – or, rather, the danger of what these certain big rigs carry: ethanol. As Richard Irby reports for Area Wide News, ethanol fires are very dangerous. If a truck accident occurs and causes an ethanol fire, firefighters cannot fight it in the same way as other types of fires. As one fire chief said regarding an ethanol seminar, “That was one of the most spooky things I ever sat through.” He also said that in…

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Investigation into Toyota Corolla Defects Intensifies

By | Product Liability, Social Security Disability

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has intensified its investigation into stalling problems with the 2005-2007 Toyota Corolla and Matrix. The NHTSA began investigating complaints in November 2009 as part of a “preliminary investigation.” As of August 18, 2010, the probe has been upgraded to an “engineering analysis,” which can be a step toward a recall. A recall is a pretty clear indication of a defective product. At present, the investigation involves 1,101 consumer complaints that the engine can stall at any speed and refuse to restart. Toyota has informed the NHTSA that it has approved 4,211 warranty claims for…

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Reconsideration Step for SSD Cases?

By | Social Security Disability

With the U.S. economy struggling to create jobs, the Social Security Administration expects 3.3 million Social Security disability claims this year, up 700,000 from 2008. The Social Security system is so inundated by applications for disability benefits that many wait more than two years for their first payment. In economically stressed states like Michigan, the wait can be even longer. In 1999, the Disability Redesign Prototype initiative eliminated the reconsideration step from the application process in one state from each region: Alaska, Alabama, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania. The initiative was expected to result in…

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