The earlier estimates of 5.3% & 6.2% were close but the actual cost of living increase (COLA) for Social Security recipients turns out to be 5.9%. The COLA is figured by the rise for the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) through the third quarter of the prior year.
The Senior Citizens League estimated earlier this year the Cost of Living Adjustment for Social Security benefits would rise 5.3% for 2022. That estimate has now jumped to 6.2%. The COLA is determined each year by the rise in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) through the third quarter…
Summer 2021 Newsletter STILL STANDING…AND PRACTICING I published the first issue of Social Security & You in Spring of 1993. Some years I’ve published more issues than others. The most recent issue was dated Spring 2019: over 2 years ago. The world was a much different place then. Especially for me. Read the full newsletter…
Spring 2019 Newsletter An Opioid Story I’ve changed his name. Let’s call him Gerald. He was a laborer. And by that I don’t mean that he just did physical work. He was a card-carrying member the Labor’s Union local. And that meant a lot to him. I represented him for Social Security disability and Michigan…
You may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSI benefits. Since 1979 Attorney William Crawforth has obtained Social Security disability or SSI benefits for over 2,000 clients resulting in millions of dollars in benefits for these clients.
If you are a Michigan resident and have become disabled, you may be eligible to claim Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits or SSI benefits. If you’ve already applied for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits or SSI benefits and have been denied because Social Security doesn’t believe you are disabled, you will need to appeal. You may need to appear before an Administrative Law Judge for a hearing to get the Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits or SSI benefits you deserve.
Many persons applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits or SSI benefits were injured at work and may be eligible for Worker’s Compensation benefits.
Attorney William Crawforth offers legal services to help you claim your rights to these three types of disability benefits:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are based on the amount that you paid into the system during your working years. Generally this amount will vary between approximately $200 to nearly $3,000 per month.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are paid to individuals who are both disabled and meet certain financial criteria. SSI is a “needs based” benefit based on the assets and income in your household. An individual cannot have more than $2,000 in non-exempt assets. A couple cannot have more than $3,000 in non-exempt assets. A spouse’s income will lower or eliminate your ability to draw SSI. SSI disability benefits are also available for children 18 years old and younger who are disabled and whose parents (or guardians) meet the financial criteria. In 2019 the maximum SSI benefit for an individual is $771 per month.
Many of the disabled people Attorney William Crawforth represents were hurt at work. Many don’t realize they may be entitled to Workers Compensation benefits. Some have been told by their employer or its insurance company that their injury was “pre-existing”. Sometimes they are told because their injury came on over time they aren’t eligible.
Nothing could be further from the truth. If you are unable to perform your normal job you may be eligible for Workers Compensation benefits even if you aren’t totally disabled according to Social Security. Attorney William Crawforth has pursued Worker’s Compensation benefits for disabled workers in conjunction with his Social Security practice since 1989. He has obtained millions of dollars in benefits for hundreds of clients.
If you think your disability was caused or aggravated by your job contact Attorney William Crawforth for a free consultation.