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Worker’s Compensation and Social Security Offset

How an offset is calculated is a confusing matter for everyone. How it is applied is often frustrating for people who receive both Worker’s Compensation benefits and Social Security Disability benefits. This post attempts to simplify the process so that you can have a basic understanding before any offset is applied to you. The starting point is to determine whether […]

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Social Security Disability – The Basics

Social Security Disability is a program designed to protect Americans who have become disabled before they are old enough to qualify for Social Security Retirement. Today, only 1 out of every 3 private sector workers have disability insurance provided by their employers. Yet, disability can happen to any American, at any time. All it takes is one accident or one […]

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Winning your Social Security Disability/SSI Appeal

You suddenly became ill or injured. Or perhaps you have a congenital condition. All you ever wanted was to feel better. All you ever wanted was to work, earn a living, contribute to your family and your community. But your health has brought you to apply for Social Security Disability. Now you have a new challenge: convincing a judge that […]

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Social Security and being “insured” for benefits

If a person becomes disabled, for any reason, physical and/or mental conditions, and the disability is expected to last for at least 12 months, they should apply for Social Security Disability and Social Security Supplemental Disability benefits. To qualify for the Social Security Disability benefits or SSDI, the person applying must show the disability began while they were “insured” for […]

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Good News for Social Security Solvency Keywords

Users searching for Social Security, solvency, solvent, disability, and Medicare keywords are continuing to receive positive information. Finally, some very good news about the Social Security trust fund. In a summary report published by the Social Security and Medicare Trustees, a number of important findings were made: Over the 83 year history of Social Security, there is an asset reserve […]

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Changed Approach to Evidence in Social Security Disability Cases

There have been some changes in the Social Security Disability regulations that have affected the ways in which the review of the issue of Social Security Disability is conducted. In years past, according to both Social Security Regulation and according to Federal District Court determinations in the Western states associated with the 9th Circuit, the opinion of a treating physician […]

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What Trump Gets Wrong About Social Security Disability

After promising voters to not touch Social Security, the Trump administration has proposed a budget(1) to Congress that would cut $72 billion from Social Security disability. This move, not supported by the facts, is based on the belief is that a significant number of those on Social Security disability can actually work. In reality, data clearly shows that fraud is […]

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2017 Law Day Luncheon: Bringing the Community Together

Calbom & Schwab attorneys Jeff Schwab and Ashley Grout recently attended the 2017 Law Day Luncheon in Wenatchee on May 12. Law Day brings together members of our community and recognizes our outstanding members of the Chelan-Douglas Bar Association. Proceeds from Law Day also ensure that low-income individuals and families in our community can access justice by receiving free legal […]

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Social Security Offset of Worker’s Compensation

In Washington State, RCW 51.32.220 allows for the offset of two types of monetary benefits if an individual receives payments for Social Security Disability. Those two state benefits are temporary total disability and permanent total disability, colloquially known as time loss and pension. Notice that the statute does not permit the state to reduce awards for permanent partial disability, colloquially […]

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Disability and the 24 Month Medicare Waiting Period

One of the key benefits of getting on Social Security Disability (SSD, also known as SSDI) is the access to Medicare before the age of 65. Unfortunately, Congress has long imposed a two year waiting period on the disabled who are under the age of 65 before they can qualify. Of course if you are receiving SSI, you should qualify […]

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