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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Archives

Social Security Disability and SSI ALJ Disposition Data

The Social Security Administration has released disposition data for the Administrative Law Judges on their website for September 2010 through June of 2011.

Tony Farmer and John Dreiser Named Top Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorneys

Tony Farmer and John Dreiser were both recently recognized by their peers in the July/August 2011 issue of Cityview Magazine as top attorneys in the areas of workers' compensation and Social Security Disability. CityView Magazine invites members of the Knoxville Bar Association to participate and this year more than 20,000 votes were cast in 57 categories. This honor has been bestowed upon the members of the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser in the practice areas of workers' compensation and Social Security Disability/SSI for several years in a row now.

Approximating Social Security Disability Benefits

Often I am asked, "How much will I get if I am approved for Social Security Disability?" My first response is that I cannot tell you off hand because every person's benefit is different depending on their earnings. The next thing I advise a client is that an easy way is to look at the pamphlet that the Social Security Administration sends out yearly. Often, however, the claimant does not have that pamphlet and I am left doing it the hard way.

Tennessee Social Security Disability Processing Times Among Nations Fastest

For the month ending April 28, 2011, the three East Tennessee Office of Disability, Adjudication and Review (ODAR) offices responsible for handling Social Security Disability hearings were ranked in the top 30 for processing times. The Chattanooga ODAR came in ranked at 7th with an average processing time of 259 days. The Kingsport ODAR slipped some to number 18 with an average processing time of 284 days and the Knoxville ODAR came in at 27th with an average processing time of 295 days. There are 157 ODAR offices in the United States. Claimants should be aware though that these processing times are only the time for waiting for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. These times do not include the length of time for the Application and Reconsideration stages.

John Dreiser Presented at Social Security Disability Bootcamp

On Friday, June 10, 2011, firm attorney, John Dreiser, lectured at National Business Institute's Social Security Disability Bootcamp in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The 6.67 hour CLE was aimed at teaching attorneys, paralegals, and other appointed representatives the ins and outs of representing claimants before the Social Security Administration.  The seminar was well attended and received. 

Social Security Disability Benefits Affecting Other Benefits

Social Security Disability benefits can affect amounts recovered under other federal, state, and/or private benefit policies. First, amounts received under Title II can affect a claimant's eligibility for SSI benefits under the federal statutes or can at least reduce those amounts to a smaller amount. Since SSI is a needs-based calculation, it does not matter where the assets come from so Title II benefits definitely can affect that calculation.

Social Security Disability or SSI for Degenerative or Hereditary Neurologic Disorders

     Individuals may be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for hereditary or degenerative neurological disorders. Affected people may qualify under the Listing 11.17 of Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 or under Step Five of the sequential decision making process because of their reduced Residual Functional Capacity resulting from the neurological disorder.

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