In an unprecedented action in response to a class action lawsuit, theSocial Security Administration agreed to pay more than $500 million in payments to some 200,000 people who were wrongly denied benefits.
In 1996, the Social Security Act was amended to provide for the withholding of benefits from any individual fleeing prosecution for having committed a felony. To implement this new standard, Social Security suspended benefits to any person whose name was found in a database of arrest warrants. As a Greensboro SSD claims law firm can fully explain, this approach included more people than the law intended.
THE NEW STANDARD
Current law limits the withholding of benefits only to those who have outstanding warrants for actual crimes of flight or escape. As a Greensboro SSD claims law firm can attest, this new standard also applies to an individual’s qualification to be a representative payee.
WHO IS AFFECTED?
Social Security estimates that as many as 120,000 people are eligible for reinstatement of benefits and 80,000 are owed back benefits. Among the categories of benefits cited by a Greensboro Social Security disability claims law firm as included are:
- Supplemental Social Security
- Special retirement benefits
Importantly, this settlement does not apply to a person who was issued a warrant due to a violation of parole or probation.
CONTACT A GREENSBORO SSD CLAIMS LAW FIRM FOR LEGAL ADVICE
For any question regarding understanding the complexities of the Social Security system, you should not hesitate to call the Bridgman Law Offices at (704) 815.6055. Get the benefits you deserve today.