Summertime heat waves can often result in serious heat illness injuries. Outdoor workers are especially susceptible to the heat and the injuries it can cause. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a campaign to educate workers and employers about the risks of heat illness and how to stay safe in hot weather. (more…)

Applying for benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program can be a long and frustrating process. It isn’t unheard of for applicants to wait several months before getting a response from the Social Security Administration. This is where an SSDI attorney can help, but choosing the right one is important.

Having an experienced and knowledgeable attorney in your corner can expedite a normally long and arduous process. Simply knowing the procedures and regulations can make the entire experience smoother, so you want to make sure that your SSDI Lawyer has been around the block, so to speak.

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phishing scam
State tax agencies, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the tax industry are warning about phishing scams designed to trick last-minute tax filers.

With less than a month until taxes are due, tax-related scams are peaking according to the IRS. Taxpayers and tax professionals need to be alert to suspicious activity. (more…)

social security
A few years before the first Baby Boomers were born, the Social Security Administration was one of several governmental programs designed to assist the population. For decades, these funds have benefited retirees and disabled folks, with 60 percent of seniors relying on the SSA for half or more of their income. (more…)

social security benefits
Social Security is essential income for many senior citizens. As part of the program, cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are made on an annual basis. Each year, the COLA for Social Security benefits is calculated using the Consumer Price Index (CPI). However, some recipients feel that the CPI doesn’t accurately reflect the cost-of-living increases they deal with every year. Some seniors and advocacy groups are pushing for a different index, called the CPI-E (CPI for the Elderly), claiming it better accounts for the cost increases seniors face every year. (more…)

filing disability benefits
Dealing with the various taxing regulations can be challenging under any circumstance but even more so when receiving disability benefits. Even the best answer to the question of “Do I need to file my taxes?” is a resounding “maybe!” For those who are getting disability benefits, the question becomes even more convoluted as regulations in both taxation and with the actual benefits changing from year to year.  (more…)

Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Benefits & Claims. Image provided by Kenneth G. Marks Law Firm.

The Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund was developed for people who are injured or sick, and who can no longer earn an amount in excess of $1,130 per month. During 1990 less than 2.5 percent of Americans above the age to work were collecting from this pool. During 2015, that number rose to 5.2 percent. This has necessitated the need for Congress to shift funds from Social Security’s main fund to the Disability Fund. The Disability Fund has been determined to be stable until the year 2023.

The chief actuary of Social Security, Stephen Goss has said “None of us should be surprised that the cost of the program was rising”. Over time older workers tend to be more prone to getting ill, and the workforce now includes women in larger numbers who are also eligible for benefits.

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