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About David Paletta

Mr. Paletta graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1976 with a degree in economics and history. He obtained a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill in 1980. Over the past 38 years, Mr. Paletta has successfully represented hundreds of disabled individuals in their efforts to obtain Social Security disability benefits.

Can I work while I am waiting for a decision in my disability case?

The process of getting Social Security disability benefits is very slow. It often takes two to three years before disability benefits are awarded. While the appeal is under review, most of my clients are experiencing a financial crisis. It is a major struggle to pay for life necessities such as food, rent, electricity, heat, doctor bills and medications. I am often asked - can I work while I am waiting for a decision? This question is understandable, and very reasonable. People need some means to survive while their case is slowly [...]

By |2018-07-25T20:06:49+00:00July 25th, 2018|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

How do Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits differ from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits? (updated May 21, 2019)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Every worker has a FICA deduction withheld from his/her paycheck. A portion of this deduction is used to fund the Social Security disability benefits program. SSDI is a disability insurance program for workers. A worker pays into the Social Security system, and in return the worker is eligible for disability benefits in the event he/she becomes unable to work. […]

By |2019-05-21T11:16:20+00:00May 21st, 2019|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

SSI Regulations (updated 9/7/17)

In order to be eligible for SSI disability benefits, an individual must meet Resource and Income limits set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If the limits are not met, the individual can NOT receive benefits even if he or she is disabled. A summary of the regulations is set forth below. […]

By |2018-01-09T20:19:22+00:00January 9th, 2018|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

Reasons for Appeals Council Remands

If a disability Judge (referred to as an ALJ) denies your case, you may appeal by filing a Request for Review by Social Security’s Appeals Council (AC). You do not appear before the AC. Your attorney will send a legal argument to the AC which will review the entire record. If the AC finds your appeal has merit, it will order another Hearing be held. It is unusual for the AC to directly award disability benefits. […]

By |2018-01-09T19:38:36+00:00January 9th, 2018|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments