Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability: Mental Health Limitations

by sjs | January 30th, 2014

Mental health limitations are difficult to prove in a Social Security Disaiblity hearing; however, Attorney Burkham is committed to helping individuals with mental health problems be successful in their disability claims.  In one recent case, the claimant had been turned down by several other lawyers and his hearing date was fast approaching.  Attorney Burkham saw that this individual needed disability benefits in order to stabilize his life and her team of paralegals got to work fast getting updated medical records and doctors’ reports to prepare for a hearing that was scheduled only two weeks after taking the case.  Attorney Burkham represented the claimant in his hearing and ultimately they were successful in obtaining benefits.  Now the claimant has the financial means through benefits as well as insurance through the government to assist in stabilizing his life and allowing him to meet his obligations.

Social Security Benefit Payments Going Electronic Beginning in March

by Keith Adkins | February 28th, 2013

Feb. 28, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that beginning on March 1, they will be switching to only issuing Social Security Disability and retirement benefits through electronic payments. Yet, estimates issued in a press release last week show there are still roughly 52,000 residents of Wisconsin who have yet to make the switch from receiving paper checks.

The department explained it is easy to either have the funds loaded into a bank or credit union account held by the recipient. If a recipient of benefits does not have an account, there is an option of having their benefits put onto a Direct Express® debit card issued by the government. The card will allow the beneficiary free transactions at an extended network of ATM machines.

Experts say the cost saving associated with eliminating the mailing of the check could be more than $1 billion over the next decade.

In order to make the switch to electronic payments, a beneficiary needs to contact their local Social Security office with their Social Security number, 12-digit federal benefit number, and their bank’s routing number.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz encourage any Social Security recipient who has hesitated to make the switch to electronic payments to do so soon so there is no disruption in their benefit payment schedule.

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