Overpayment


Notice of Overpayment

One of the most alarming correspondences that a recipient of disability benefit can receive is a notice from the Social Security Administration advising that he or she has been overpaid thousands of dollars in benefits and is now compelled to repay them. More often than not, claimants ignore these overpayment notices or wait for months or even years before addressing said issue which will aggravate the present situation more.

A person receiving one of these notices is only allowed 60 days to file a Request for Reconsideration to challenge the amount of overpayment. If the recipient fails to file an appeal, he or she can no longer contest that the amount of the overpayment is incorrect, since the prescribed period in doing the same has already lapsed. A person receiving such notice must therefore act on it the soonest time possible to make sure his or her rights are protected.

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Remedy for Overpayment

The best way to counter an overpayment notice is to file waiver request to the Social Security Administration. In this waiver proceeding, the benefits recipient has the burden of proof to show that he or she is without fault in causing the overpayment. He or she may say that he or she does not have sufficient resources to repay the overpaid benefits.

Waiver of Overpayment

The process of preparing a waiver of overpayment has several steps which in reality may take several years to negotiate. Once the waiver is requested, the benefits recipient is obliged to attend a conference with a claims representative at the local Social Security office. This would serve as his or her first opportunity to explain why the overpayment should not be repaid.

The claims representative would then decide whether the request for waiver will be granted. If the request is denied, the next step is to request for an administrative hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. At this stage, the benefits recipient is given the opportunity to present evidence. This stage usually takes a period of 12 months to complete.

Appeals

If the waiver request has been denied by the Administrative Law Judge, the benefits recipient may then request review from the Appeals Council. At this stage the only issue is to determine the soundness of the Administrative Law Judge’s decision.

Finally, if the Appeals Council refuses to review the Administrative Law Judge’s decision, the only remedy would be to appeal to the United States District Court. At this stage, the only issue to determine is whether the Administrative Law Judge’s decision in denying the request for waiver is supported by substantial evidence.

As a practice, if successful in the United States District Court, the benefits recipient’s case is sent back to an Administrative Law Judge for another hearing.

The process of seeking a waiver of overpayment is long and complicated. Most overpaid individuals have no idea how to establish that they have not been overpaid or if they have, why they should not have to repay it.

Seek the advice and representation of our aggressive Los Angeles social security overpayments lawyer and we promise prompt resolution of your legal worries.

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