News From The Law Office Of Samuel K. Silverman

Letter to the Editor: Fraud is Rare in the Social Security Disability System

I recently read an article in the Kalamazoo Gazette entitled “Tangled in Fraud Probe, 100s Face Loss of Disability Checks.” As a Social Security Disability Attorney who has handled thousands of Social Security Disability claims, I felt it was important to point out that fraud is actually rare in the Social Security Disability system.

Choose the Best Local Attorney (September 2016)

As an attorney who serves Kalamazoo, Portage, Battle Creek, and surrounding areas, I can honestly say that I have more experience than any attorney you will find with the hearing offices that serve those areas. The Administrative Law Judges who hear cases in those offices each handle cases in their own specific way.

Grid Cases (September 2016)

Grid Cases typically relate to people 50 and older, who can't perform their relevant past work. This can lead to Social Security Disability (SSD) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits being awarded. We have helped thousands of people 50 years old and older in the Kalamazoo, Portage and Battle Creek area qualify for benefits pursuant to Grid Rules.

True story: Watch out for bad advice. (May 2014)

I just got a Fully Favorable decision for a client who was almost led to drop his case by a paralegal who had no clue. 

Things To Think About ( Feb 2014 )

Did you know that when a person is approved for Social Security Disability they don't get benefits the 1st five months they are disabled. And then they have to wait two more years to get medicare benefits.

Does this seem fair? No, it isn't fair, or right. But that is the way the Federal Law works.

When Picking a Representative (October 2013)

The internet has become a major tool for finding someone to handle a Social Security Disability claim. Use it to check on complaints posted about groups who advertise. I have noticed a lot of complaints posted about nationwide firms who advertise that they can help. Seems like a red flag.

60 Minute Story (October 2013)

I just saw a segment on 60 minutes which included a Senator (who did not understand the rules involved, in my opinion) and a Social Security Judge (who paid a low percent of claims, based on my research)  claiming most people don't deserve the benefits they receive. By the way, does it seem fair for any Social Securiy Judge to have that state of mind?

How To Apply For Disability Benefits ( May 2013 )

You don't need an attorney to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. 1/3 of Applicants win their case just by filing an application and cooperating with the Social Security Administration. There are two ways to apply. You can apply online by going to ssa.gov. You will need basic information to apply online. You need dates of marriages and divorces.

Make Sure Your Attorney Plans To Finish Your Case (May 2013)

Beware of attorneys who quit if you draw a Judge who has history of paying a small percent of claims. Some attorneys quit after they hear who will be your Judge. In many cases I have reviewed it is clear no work was done on a case before another attorney just quit shortly before a hearing.