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Tulsa Disability Attorney: Protect Your Disability Benefits From Theft

As the Social Security Administration (SSA) has moved to electronic payments, we would like to remind beneficiaries that they should try to do things to reduce the risk of payment theft. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), between October 2012 and last month, $28 million in benefit payments were stolen. Because of fears over stolen benefits, in addition to costs, the SSA switched to electronic payments on March 1. People who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) now choose between having their money sent directly to their bank account or having it placed on a Direct Express debit MasterCard. There is a way for a person to request a waiver from the electronic service, however, currently, beneficiaries can only get waivers if they are older than 90, mentally impaired or live in a rural area. Although the SSA hopes that the switch…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: Pay Your Respect to Disabled Veterans and First-Responders This Fourth of July

As we celebrate the Fourth of July this Thursday, keep in mind the people who keep this country safe: law enforcement officials, firefighters, EMS workers, veterans and troops. These great people are the backbone to our democracy and they deserve our support at all times, not just holidays. Because these workers have such high-pressure, high-stress, high-risk jobs, it is important to remember that many suffer from debilitation injuries. Some of the most common disabilities sustained by first-responders, troops and veterans include: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Hypertension Amputation Eye injuries Hearing loss Spinal cord injuries Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) Toxic exposure to radiation Diseases related to air exposure Arthritis Sleep apnea Chronic fatigue syndrome While some of these great Americans seek relief for their injuries through workers’ compensation or veterans benefits, many are unaware that they may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. It is possible for many disabled…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: June is PTSD Awareness Month

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. The VA says that up to 20 percent of military members return from deployment with signs of PTSD, while up to 8 percent of the country’s population is affected by the disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as an “anxiety condition prompted by a frightening incident and recurring overwhelming thoughts about the episode.” The Huffington Post recently ran an article that said the following symptoms are signs of PTSD: Feeling hopeless about your future Having a difficult time concentrating Having a difficult time remembering Feeling more angry and irritable Feeling crushing shame and guilt over the event Having a challenging time maintain relationships Difficulty sleeping Seeing and hearing things that are not there Becoming easily frightened and startled Feeling a lack of focus Severe crying spells If you suffer from PTSD,…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: Make Sure You Pay Your Student Loans if You Collect Benefits

The country is currently facing a student loan epidemic—last year, a report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the U.S. Department of Education showed that student loan debt stands at more than $1 trillion nationally. With this in mind, it should be noted that if you collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and you have outstanding student loan debt, your income could be garnished if you slip into default. Nearly 15 percent of student loan borrowers are currently in default on their loans, with an average balance of $23,300—a troubling statistic when you consider that discharging student loan debt is a very hard task. While there are limits on how much can be taken, if you have federal student loans, your benefits from both the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration can be garnished. It should be noted…
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