Are legal settlements and awards taxable?

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Are legal settlements and awards taxable? Do I have to pay taxes on personal injury awards, workers compensation benefits or social security disability benefits? This is a question we get all the time. The answer depends on the kind of case you have. Is my personal injury award taxable? The short answer is no. If… Read More

The Reality of Applying for Social Security Disability

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Many of you may have seen the 60 Minutes piece on social security disability from October.  In that story, Senator Tom Coburn discussed the findings of a two-year case study conducted by his office that uncovered a conspiracy between a West Virginia Attorney, Administrative Law Judge and some local doctors to push through social security… Read More

Legalese Defined: Social Security Disability– Substantial Gainful Activity

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In social security disability cases, substantial gainful activity means that you are working and earning more than a certain amount of money, which is set by law and changes each year.  If the Social Security Administration finds that you are able to engage in substantial gainful activity, then your application will be denied. If you… Read More

Legalese Defined: Social Security Disability– Date Last Insured

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In social security disability cases, your “date last insured” is the date you were last eligible for social security disability benefits. Generally, In order to be eligible for social security disability you must have worked 5 of the last 10 years.  Put another way, that means that over the course of the last ten years,… Read More

Legalese Defined: Social Security Disability– Onset Date

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In social security disability cases, your onset date is the date your disability began. Your onset date is important to your claim for social security disability benefits because it helps determine whether or not your claim is approved and how much  back-pay you may be entitled to.  Because you must be disabled for at least… Read More

Can I win my Social Security disability case If my doctor says I’m disabled?

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“My doctor has graded me at 75% (or 85%/90%/100%) disability and/or has taken me out of work.  Doesn’t that mean I will win my social security disability case?” Not necessarily!  Social Security’s regulations provide that the Commissioner of Social Security is left with the ultimate decision of whether or not you are disabled.  What that… Read More

Can I work while my Social Security Disability (SSD) application is pending?

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I have no source of income during my application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, and now I’m waiting to hear back from them.  How will going back to work affect my case? This is a common question from our Social Security disability (SSD) clients.  The short answer is that a return to work may… Read More

What is the Difference Between SSD and SSI?

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The Social Security Administration offers two different programs for individuals who are unable to work because of a physical or mental condition:  social security disability (SSD) and supplemental security income (SSI). The key difference is that SSD relies on what you “pay into” the system from your previous employment, while SSI does not.  Instead, SSI relies upon… Read More

Fibromyalgia May Qualify You For Social Security Disability

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In a recent decision by the U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, the court expressly held that fibromyalgia is a “disabling impairment” recognized by a growing number of courts, even though there is “no objective test which can conclusively confirm the disease.” Sublette v. Astrue, 2012 WL 1252631 (WDNY 2012), citing Green-Younger v.… Read More

Looking At Your Case From Every Angle – Part 1: Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, or Personal Injury?

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At Segar & Sciortino, we help injured people get the compensation they deserve, whether that is through workers’ compensation, social security disability, or a personal injury lawsuit. This post will discuss in some depth the difference between these areas of law. Workers’ Compensation is a benefits system established by law that provides coverage to employees… Read More

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