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Due to the increase in the Consumer Price Index between 2020 and 2021, the SSA made some changes to disability benefits for 2022. The monthly payments for SSD beneficiaries increased, as did the limit on substantial gainful activity.
Based on the 2022 COLA, the estimated average monthly SSD payment for a disabled worker increased from $1,282 to $1,358. This represents a monthly increase of $76 from the average SSD payment in 2021. The 2022 increase was more significant ($133/month) for a disabled worker who has a spouse and at least one child. The estimated average SSD payment for a married disabled worker with at least one child in 2022 is $2,383 (up from $2,250 in 2021).
The SSA’s 2022 changes to the SSD program were primarily based on the rise in the Consumer Price Index, as calculated from the third quarter of 2020 through the third quarter of 2021. The Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2022 was 5.9 percent. Get all the information below!
The SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for investigating possible fraud in the various SSA programs, including disability benefits. The OIG may investigate situations involving falsified medical records, misuse of SSDI benefits, impersonation of SSA personnel, and other illegal behavior. Want more information? Click the link below!
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In general, yes, SSDI is usually treated as income. How your child’s benefits are determined can vary by state, however. For example, in Tennessee, the parent who receives benefits treats their child’s SSD payments as gross income. This is important to note since child support payments are calculated based on parental income. Have more questions? Visit our website below!
You may be able to decrease the amount of child support you’re paying while claiming disability. Depending on your current situation, you can speak with your co-parent to set up a different plan, or you can go through the court system to get the payment order modified. Have more questions? Call us, or visit our website today!
Claiming Social Security Disability benefits does not mean you will no longer have to pay child support. You will still be required to pay the mandated amount.
However, there are steps you can take if you find that you are no longer able to afford your current payment amount. Find out more here: https://mhhdisabilitylaw.com/how-child-support-affects-ssd-benefits/
How child support is determined can be confusing and overwhelming. So can the process for applying for and receiving SSDI. Working with a disability lawyer isn’t required when attempting to modify your child support payments; however, an attorney’s expertise and knowledge of the law can be valuable if you have to go to court.
Tennessee veterans and their family members don’t always get the support they deserve. At The Law Offices of Michael Hartup, we are passionate about helping those who have served our country. We advocate for veterans and help them navigate the claims process for disability compensation. To learn more about how we support veterans and schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call our Jackson office at 731-424-5559.
Tennessee is home to many military veterans and their families. These selfless individuals have sacrificed much to serve their country but often receive minimal support from the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Housing is an issue for some Tennessee veterans. Approximately 56,920 veterans live in homes that have serious problems relating to cost, crowding, and/or quality.
The Law Offices of Michael Hartup is here to be a resource for Tennessee Veterans! Look up more facts and statistics here: https://mhhdisabilitylaw.com/facts-and-statistics-about-tennessee-veterans/
Many veterans find it challenging to transition from the military into a civilian career. The TDVS provides information about many educational programs that are designed to help veterans advance their civilian careers. Click the link below for more info:
Addiction to drugs and alcohol is something that many veterans struggle with. According to the National Center for PTSD, there is a strong correlation between PTSD and Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Statistics show that over 20 percent of veterans with PTSD also have SUD. Approximately 10 percent of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who access VA resources have problems with alcohol or drugs. Click here for resources: https://mhhdisabilitylaw.com/helpful-local-resources-for-tennessee-veterans/
The Law Offices of Michael Hartup is here to help! Click here for local resources: https://mhhdisabilitylaw.com/helpful-local-resources-for-tennessee-veterans/
We want to be a resource for our community. Click here for some helpful local resources: https://mhhdisabilitylaw.com/helpful-local-resources-for-tennessee-veterans/
If the CDI determines that there is fraudulent activity, there are several actions they may take against the perpetrator:
❗️ Notifying federal or state prosecutors (penalties for a felony conviction include up to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines)
❗️ Imposing SSA sanctions
❗️ Pursuing monetary penalties in civil court
❗️ The potential consequences of committing SSDI fraud are severe.
Most CDI investigations take place before the SSA awards benefits, although the program may also help investigate potential fraud in the Continuing Disability Review process. Most CDI investigations start when someone reports suspected fraud. Click the link below to find out more information! 👇
There are countless ways an individual (or group of people) could try to fraudulently obtain disability benefits, click the link below to find out more!
The Law Offices of Michael Hartup can help you understand the requirements and make sure you have all the necessary documentation for your claim. If your previous claim has been denied, we can walk you through the appeals process. To get started, contact us online or call our office in Jackson, Tennessee, at 731-424-5559.
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