Can I get benefits Social Security stopped paying, denied or collected back from me as overpayments?

Produced by Committee for Public Counsel Services, Disability Law Center and Greater Boston Legal Services
Created July 2010

There are three groups of people who can get benefits because of the Martinez Settlement.

Group 1

  • Your benefits were suspended on or after Jan. 1, 2007; or
  • Your benefits were suspended before Jan. 1, 2007 and you appealed the suspension.

Group 2

  • You were denied benefits on or after Jan. 1, 2007; or
  • You were denied benefits before Jan. 1, 2007 and you appealed the decision on or after Jan. 1, 2007.

Group 3

  1. Your benefits were suspended or denied on or after Jan. 1, 2000 and before Jan. 1, 2007; and
  2. You did not have an appeal pending on or after Jan. 1, 2007.

The settlement will not help you if:

  • you have an outstanding warrant for violating probation or parole; or
  • you have an outstanding warrant for charges of escape, or fleeing to avoid prosecution

Note

The Social Security Administration does not recognize the group labels of Group 1, 2, or 3. It is not enough to tell Social Security that you are in a certain group. You must tell them what benefits you think you should receive and why.

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