The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, more commonly known as ERISA, is a federal law enacted by Congress that establishes minimum standards designed to protect the retirement, health, and other welfare benefit plans (life insurance, disability insurance, etc.) of private industry employees from fiduciary misuse. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration […]
The process of applying for Social Security disability can be complicated and frustrating. To help make the process easier, our disability lawyers in Houston have compiled a list of mistakes to avoid when seeking benefits.
The issue of collecting unemployment while applying for disability benefits is one that many are divided on, but our Social Security lawyers advise not doing […]
If you’ve applied for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and you did not qualify for the level of benefits you need or your claim was denied, you have a right to appeal the VA’s decision.
Here’s a word of advice: don’t try to handle your appeal alone. Get help. Before you begin the appeals process for a […]
It isn’t unusual for a Social Security Disability Insurance benefits claim to be denied during the initial application process. The claim is usually rejected because of two reasons: medical or technical. A medical denial is the outcome when it is determined that the claimant’s medical conditions weren’t severe enough to prevent them from working. A technical denial in an SSD […]
Houston residents with serious illnesses or disabilities often face critical financial difficulties. Cancer patients, for example, often are unable to work while undergoing treatment, creating a financial hardship.
The Social Security Administration recognizes these dire circumstances and offers a program known as compassionate allowances for these individuals to quickly get approved for disability benefits.
When a person applying for Social Security Disability […]
The SSA administers the largest retirement program in the United States. This program has collected FICA taxes since the 1930s and began paying retirement funds in 1940. It was not until the 50s that the program was expanded to include disability payments for qualifying participants who were no longer able to work. A Houston Social Security attorney often works with […]
If you are an employee at a private or publically traded company, chances are your long term disability insurance and other employee benefits are regulated under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA. Passed by Congress in 1974, ERISA’s main purpose is to regulate and protect the employee benefits plans of workers employed at private or publicly traded companies. […]
Social Security lawyers know that there are a broad range of conditions that can lead to a disability diagnosis. Some of these conditions are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices, while others are entirely contingent upon a person’s genetics.
The Social Security Administration notes that the probability a person might become disabled before reaching retirement age is an astounding 1 in […]
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a progressive degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system, brain and spinal cord. While many people diagnosed with MS lead long, normal lives, sometime the debilitating symptoms associated with MS – numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue – make it impossible for a person to continue performing […]
While many disabled Americans meet the requirements to qualify for Social Security disability payments, getting approved for the benefits they are entitled to can prove to be difficult. Having an experienced Houston Social Security attorney handling your Social Security disability claim can mean the difference between approval and rejection of your claim.
You don’t need an attorney to help you through […]