Everyone knows that sometimes the government does things that don’t make any rational sense at all. But when the Social Security Administration (SSA) leaves recipients without the benefits they need – benefits they’ve been approved for and receiving – a person’s health and finances can be quickly, dramatically imperiled. For example: Casey Galbreath of Butler, Pennsylvania. Ms. Galbreath has been in a wheelchair since 1994 when a traffic accident left her paralyzed from the chest down. Since the accident, she has received Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits; she even received a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in January.
But a few weeks ago, she received a letter from the SSA saying that she was no longer disabled and that her benefits had expired. Ms. Galbreath was also told she owes the government almost $75,000. Her Medicare was cut off. She is still paralyzed, still using a wheelchair every day. Nothing has changed. She was simply declared “healed” for no reason at all, and the SSA is in no hurry to correct the mistake. The woman completed an online appeal and has made frequent phone calls, but the SSA hasn’t responded. Ms. Galbreath is now paying for her medical care and prescriptions out-of-pocket, and right now the situation remains unresolved.
You never know what kind of crazy thing the government might do next, but if you rely on SSD benefits, you know how vital that monthly payment can be. If your benefits stop for any reason, call an experienced Social Security disability attorney at once. A good disability lawyer will aggressively defend your rights and your benefits – and get some answers. If you are applying for SSD benefits, or if the benefits you are receiving are interrupted, protect yourself, get the help you need, and speak with an experienced Social Security disability attorney as soon as possible.