More Jaw-Dropping Facts for you:

  • Close to 90% of people aged 65 and older collect Social Security benefits.
  • A full third of the income of elderly Americans is made up of Social Security benefits
  • According to the Social Security Administration, 21% of married elderly Social Security beneficiaries and 44% of unmarried ones get fully 90% or more of their income from the program. Meanwhile, about 48% of married elderly Social Security beneficiaries and 69% of unmarried ones get 50% or more of their income from Social Security.

These facts show just how significant Social Security benefits are to the majority of Americans in terms of providing much more than just a safety net, but in providing most of their income as they age.

2019 Super Lawyers Announced

February 20, 2019

I am, once again, proud to have been selected as a 2019 Super Lawyer.  This is an honor limited to no more than 5% of the attorneys in Florida.  It recognizes excellence in the practice of law for attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice.

Of course, I rely on many people to help me:  Tiffany in my office, people within the Social Security Administration and my colleagues who are so generous with their advice.

I hope to continue to serve my many clients for many years to come.

Well, allegedly, this is a jaw-dropping fact:

The Social Security program is probably more efficient than you might think. Out of its budget of roughly $1 trillion, only 0.6% is used for administrative expenses.

I actually find that pretty interesting if not jaw-dropping, because I do seem to see a lot of inefficiencies.

From Charles Hall’s Blog.  Charles Hall is an attorney who keeps up with issues affecting the Social Security Administration and individuals applying for or receiving benefits due to disabilities.  I’m not really thrilled with what he is discussing below:

CBS reports on Social Security cutting off disability benefits to one young woman suffering from cystic fibrosis. Note that people involved in helping those with cystic fibrosis report that this is not an isolated case, that they’ve seen many similar cases lately.

I’ve seen this sort of thing many times over the years. Suddenly, I start seeing a run of clients with a particular disorder. I can remember seeing cystic fibrosis cases quite a few years ago but not recently. Mostly, what I see now is multiple sclerosis cases. It’s not that there are suddenly more people with cystic fibrosis or multiple sclerosis. It’s that Social Security has suddenly started turning down or cutting off disability benefits to people suffering from these disorders. There’s been no announcement, no public discussion of the change. The decision is made in private and almost certainly doesn’t involve really high-level people. Congress isn’t consulted. It’s never written down.  It’s all done through QA, Quality Assurance. Suddenly, whenever Disability Determination tries to put a claimant on benefits for a particular medical problem, the case gets sent back. Perhaps, since this case is a termination, Social Security has decided, ultra quietly, to target people with cystic fibrosis who are already on benefits for full medical reviews. Once the personnel involved in making disability determinations receive a few such cases back and notice the targeting of those already on benefits they get the picture and start denying the claims and cutting off benefits. Social Security doesn’t have to take responsibility for what it’s doing because it’s all hidden away in individual claimant files which are not available to the public.
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