Social Security overpayments can be waived upon a showing of no fault and financial hardship. They can also be resolved by repayment through small reductions in future monthly benefits. In addition, it is possible that there was no actual overpayment as substantial gainful activity (SGA) is measured as earnings net of medical costs such as prescription drugs and devices. Trial work period (TWP) rights may also be involved.
This is a complicated area of Social Security law that you will not navigate successfully without experienced counsel. Representation may be available at no cost through a local Legal Services program, or pro bono program of your state or county bar. With luck, an Avvo practitioner will add more specific contact information this weekend. In the meantime you can complete and file the waiver request and appeal.
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I agree with my colleague. You need to seek representation.
Excess earnings or income of $98 for one month did not create this overpayment of $138,000. There is something substantially more going on here, and this website s not the place to discuss it.
You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact your local legal aid office if you cannot afford an attorney. If there is a law school in your area, you may contact their legal clinic as well.
You may also contact the NOSSCR for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is www.nosscr.org.
In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security: The National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy, Divisions of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.
Their link is: http://www.nblsc.us/
I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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