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Social Security Disability

Unknown Caller – How to Spot an SSA Phone Scam

[:en]In today’s world thanks to technology people can be connected by just the press of a button. With many individuals owning cell phones, staying in touch with others is easier than ever. This accessibility, however, can have a downside. With landlines going the way of the dodo bird, telemarketers and scammers are moving to target cell phones instead.

The most popular phone scam that topped the list in 2019 are people posing as calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you submitted an application or are thinking of beginning the process, here are some things to keep in mind. 

Follow the Money

If you have an open application with the administration, you may occasionally receive mail or phone calls from SSA employees  (unless you have an attorney to act as your representative, in which calls would go to them/the law firm you are working with).

However, none of the contacts involves demanding payment or forms of payment (such as a gift card) in exchange for services. Scammers may also tell you that you have a debt to the SSA that must be paid immediately, without telling you about your ability to submit an appeal

Getting Information

Staff members for the SSA will never ask you to provide any sort of credit or debit card information over the phone to submit payment. If you are asked this type of question, it is highly likely you are speaking with a telephone scammer. 

Issues with Your SSA Account

It is important to know that actual SSA representatives will not use any sort of angry language or intimidation tactics when speaking with you. If there is an issue with your account or an SSDI application, the administration will send a letter to you informing you of the situation. 

If You Receive a Call 

If you do happen to receive a call from someone you think is a scammer or posing as an SSA worker, you can file a report with the administration here. The Inspector General for the administration that simply rejecting or not answering the call is also an appropriate form of action.  

Need Help Getting SSDI Benefits? 

If you or someone you know would like to apply for SSDI benefits, contact our SSDI team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-8359342 to schedule an appointment. Please visit our website here for more information.

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Social Security Disability

SSDI Appeal Process: What You Need to Know

While applying for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) there may come a time in the process where you receive a denial. However, this doesn’t mean that this is the end of the road. There are several ways to appeal the decision and potentially get your benefits approved. 

Medical Reconsideration

If you receive a denial due to insufficient medical evidence, you can request a medical reconsideration. This avenue of the SSDI appeal process involves an individual who completely reviews your entire claim once again, as well as taking into account any new medical evidence that has been submitted. The individual who reviews your claim is someone who had no input involving your original denial. 

SSDI Hearing by Administrative Law Judge

Another way to go about an appeal is to request a hearing with an administrative law judge. The judge who reviews your case is someone who had no input in the original decision or reconsideration of your claim. Usually, the hearing will be within a 75-mile span of where you live. 

Appeals Council Review 

If you receive a denial from an administrative law judge you can submit a request for the appeals council to review the decision. The council will either make the decision or send it back to another judge to be looked at again. 

Federal Court Claim Review

This is known as the last resort in the appeals process. If you do not like the decision made by the appeals council or if your request for review was denied, you can file a civil suit in federal court. 

Need Help with an SSDI Appeal?

If you or someone you know has received a denial for SSDI benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and would like to pursue an appeal, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to speak with a member of our SSDI team. Please visit our website for more information.

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How to Begin the SSDI Application Process

[:en]Are you are interested in applying for Social Security Disability, but not sure how to go about it? Enlisting the help of an attorney can make navigating the process a lot smoother and more successful the first time applying.

If you are interested in applying for benefits and are interested in having representation, here’s what the process can look like.

The First Step

  • Whether submitting a consultation request form online or calling our office – this is the first step towards getting connected with our Social Security Team. Once a request is submitted or made, we reach out to follow up and get the individual connected with our Social Security Disability attorney and/or paralegals. They will assist you with the application process as well as answer any questions you may have.

Set up a Meeting Time

  • Our team will then schedule a time for you to come down to our offices for a meeting. On a case by case basis, our team can go out to meet the individual if they are unable to travel to our offices. At this initial meeting, the disability benefits application process begins – and you are on your way to (hopefully) receiving disability benefits!

If you or a loved one are interested in applying for Social Security Disability benefits please contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342. Please also visit our website at www.boesenlaw.com​ for additional information.

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Social Security Disability

Receiving SSDI Benefits as a Veteran

[:en]As a veteran of the armed forces, you may already know about your entitlement to receiving Veteran’s Benefits. However, you may not be aware that you can also receive Social Security Disability benefits (or SSDI for short) at the same time. Read on to find out about the benefits for receiving both SSDI and VA benefits at the same time.

Fast Application Process:

Military members who became disabled during active service on or after October 1st, 2001 are entitled to an expedited application review. This means that as a veteran, you are able to get a review on your SSDI application in a matter of weeks, versus non-military members whose application review can take much longer.

Continued Income:

Typically, in order to receive SSDI benefits individuals are not allowed to receive money through work. However, you are able to receive military benefits, without being disqualified for receiving income .

Medicare/TRICARE Advantage:

You are able to receive Medicare benefits as well as benefits provided to you as a veteran under TRICARE at the same time.

What resources are available to me if I’m ready to apply for SSDI benefits?

Having legal representation can help to make the application process less confusing and/or stressful. If you or a loved one are a veteran and looking to apply for SSDI benefits, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our highly experienced attorneys. Please also visit our website at www.boesenlaw.com for additional information.[:]

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Social Security Disability

The Benefits of Having an Attorney for your SSI/SSDI Claim

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What is SSI/SSDI?

Social Security and Social Security Disability (also known as SSI or SSDI) are insurance programs offered by the Social Security Administration (or SSA) for those who are retired and/or in need of financial assistance due to disability that prevents them from working.

Despite the many benefits these programs offer, the process to apply for SSI or SSDI benefits can be a confusing, and often frustrating process for those who are not familiar with the inner workings of the system. Our firm has extensive experience working in the areas of Social Security and Social Security Disability that can help you get the benefits you are entitled to.

Here are a few reasons as to why hiring an attorney is helpful for your claim

1. Knowledge of the System
• Having a sense of how the application process works is key when applying for SSI and especially SSDI. The attorney handles putting together your application so that all required paperwork is correctly filled out and submitted correctly, as well as any additional documentation (such as medical records etc. are included). This can help greatly minimize your chances of your claim being denied, as the SSA routinely denies over 50 percent of the applications it receives for SSDI claims.

2. Representation at Appeals/Hearings
• Having legal representation at a hearing or appeal is important helping your claim have a better chance of being approved or the denial of your claim is overturned. It can also help give you a sense of confidence knowing that you have an advocate that is looking out for your best interests.

3. Gathering Evidence/Documentation
• This is especially important in regards to SSDI claims, as one of the main reasons SSDI claims are denied is due to the applicant showing insufficient support as to why they require disability benefits. Having an attorney working with you on your claim is key in helping you provide evidence to the SSA, that your disability is legitimate and that it is medically necessary for you to receive these benefits.

How to Get Started

If you or a loved one are interested in applying for SSI or SSDI benefits or need help with a current claim, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our website at http://www.boesenlaw.com for additional information.

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