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Social Security Benefit Cost of Living Increase for 2015 is 1.7%

The Social Security Administration has announced that the cost of living increase (COLA) for Social Security recipients will be 1.7% for 2015. This increase applies to retirement and disability benefits. For more details, click on this Social Security Administration website link.

If you have questions about a Social Security disability claim, please feel free to contact Bradt Law Offices for your absolutely free consultation. We have been handling Social Security disability claims all across northern Minnesota for more than 30 years and are always happy to discuss your claim at any stage of the claim process. We can discuss your claim over the phone or arrange for a meeting in our office.

If you have other questions about Social Security disability claims, you can visit our website where we have a list of common questions and answers, including:

1. What are Social Security disability benefits?
2. How much will I receive if Social Security decides I’m disabled?
3. How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits?
4. What do I do if my claim is denied?
5. When should I hire a lawyer to represent me?
6. How do I pay a lawyer in a Social Security disability case?
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Myths and Facts about the Social Security Disability System

A recent article posted on the website of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) describes some common myths, and then offers the true facts, regarding Social Security disability issues. The article lists 8 myths about the Social Security disability system, including:

MYTH: The current SSDI program is set up so that it keeps able-bodied people out of the workforce when they are employable.

MYTH: It has never been easier to obtain Social Security disability benefits.

MYTH: Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) are bankrupting the Social Security disability insurance program by rubber stamping every disability claim they hear.

MYTH: Social Security attorneys get rich by helping undeserving applicants cheat the system.

Check out the article here to read the rest of the myths and the true facts about these common misconceptions about our Social Security disability insurance program.

The NOSSCR website is a good source of information for claimant’s and claimant’s representatives. We highly recommend that you visit the site and see what they have to offer.

If you have questions about your own disability claim, please feel free to contact Bradt Law Offices for your absolutely free consultation. We have been handling Social Security disability claims all across northern Minnesota for over 29 years and are always happy to discuss your claim at any stage of the claim process.

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Go Online to Access your Social Security Statement

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced that in less than two months’ time, one million people have gone online, created a My Social Security account and viewed their Social Security Statement.  
                   
“The online Social Security Statement is a huge success,” Commissioner Astrue said.  “The onlineStatement meets our commitment to provide Americans with an easy, efficient process to obtain an estimate of their potential Social Security benefits.  I recommend that everyone get in the habit of checking their online Statement each year, around their birthday, for example.” 
                                                   
The online Statement provides estimates for retirement, disability and survivors benefits.  It also provides workers as young as 18 a convenient year-round way to determine whether their earnings are accurately posted to their Social Security records, which was not possible when the agency mailed paper Statementsonly to those 25 and older.
 
On May 1, Social Security unveiled this new addition to its popular suite of electronic services at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement, which allows people to access their Social Security earnings and benefit information securely and conveniently. 

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), users are giving the online Statement a score of 89 — making it competitive with Social Security’s other top-rated, best-in-government online services, such as the Retirement Estimator and online retirement application. The ACSI tracks trends in customer’s satisfaction and provides valuable benchmarking insights for companies and government agencies. 

To access your online Statement, you must be at least 18 years old, have a Social Security number, have a valid email address and have a U.S. mailing address. 

To learn more or to create your own account, please go to www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement.

The social security website is a  valuable source of information about Social Security disability claims or your particular account information.  Bradt Law Offices encourages you to take advantage of this valuable resource.  The home page for the Social Security administration website is at www.SSA.gov.

If you have questions about a Social Security disability claim or the process involved, or if you need help in applying for benefits or representation at a hearing, contact us at any time for your absolutely free consultation.

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