Author Archives: Melissa Buckley

COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) and Social Security 2013

Social Security benefits and SSI (Supplement Security Income) benefits will increase 1.7 percent starting January, 2013 [SSI payments will increase starting December 31, 2012]. This affects about 64 million people nationwide.

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SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE 47% OR IS IT 50%?

This is what I know: no mother whispers into her child’s cradle to her sleeping infant, or to her cooing baby, in her arms, “When you grow up, you’re going to be disabled and go on Social Security.” This is … Continue reading

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WHAT IS THE “DATE LAST INSURED”? WHAT IS DLI?

One of the issues that comes up quite frequently in Social Security Disability, and is probably the most confusing for clients, is the “Date Last Insured”; in Social Security-speak, the DLI. Clients come in with a letter from Social Security … Continue reading

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FIBROMYALGIA/SSR 12-2P

Social Security has published a new ruling on how Fibromyalgia will be evaluated. The new rule is found here: New Rule The new rule does not seem to change all that much the evaluation of the impairment, at first blush. … Continue reading

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STATISTICS AND MORE STATISTICS

The Judges in Hartford statistics: http://www.disabilityjudges.com/state/connecticut/hartford The Judges in New Haven statistics:    http://www.disabilityjudges.com/state/connecticut/new-haven

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Alice in Wonderland Meets Social Security

At the trial to determine who stole the tarts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the following dialogue takes place: `Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day. `No, no!’ said the Queen. … Continue reading

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What Exactly Does the Lawyer Do?

This is what the lawyer should do: (1) Obtain ALL your medical records. With careful reading of medical records,  it becomes apparent, more often than not, that there are missing hospital visits, missing MRI’s, missing lab tests, missing Operative Reports, … Continue reading

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To Work or Not To Work

One of the most asked questions by clients during representation is whether they can work: Can I apply even though I am still working? I was offered and job and I’m not sure if I can do it, should I … Continue reading

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