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CONSULTATIVE EXAMS – WHAT ARE THEY?

At some point, if you file for disability benefits, the SSA might order Consultative Exams. You will receive a notice in the mail, ordering you to go to a Consultative Exam. You may ask yourself, “Consultative Exams – What are they?” What they are is an opportunity for you to visit a doctor or… Read More »

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What Evidence Does My Attorney Need To Win My Disability Case?

TOGETHER, THE ATTORNEY AND THE EVIDENCE, WINS THE DISABILITY CASE Your disability case is only as good as the evidence that you provide to your attorney. Many people believe an attorney can win a case simply by presenting the case to a Judge. Unfortunately, that is not true. When an attorney presents your case… Read More »

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The 5 Day Rule – Evidence Submission Rules In Social Security Disability Hearings

5 DAY EVIDENCE SUBMISSION RULE There is a new rule that requires all evidence be into the judge 5 days before a claimant’s hearing. Even though Social Security Disability hearings are administrative and the normal rules of evidence do not apply, there are still rules that everyone must follow.  After May 1, 2017, the… Read More »

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What Questions Will The Judge Ask At My Hearing?

WHAT WILL THE JUDGE ASK YOU AT YOUR DISABILITY HEARING? Are you wondering what questions the judge will ask at your disability hearing? It is important to think about the questions, as you are the witness at your Social Security Disability hearing. The Judge is going to be asking you specific questions about your… Read More »

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Are you Over 50? The “GRID” Rules Can Help You Win Disability Benefits

THE MEDICAL VOCATIONAL GUIDELINES OR THE “GRID” RULES There is a good chance that you have never heard of the Medical Vocational Guidelines or the “GRID” Rules, even though they can be an important part of SSA’s regulations that may help you win your Social Security Disability claim.  If you are over 50 years… Read More »

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How To Appeal A Disability Denial From The SSA

You received a denial of your disability application in the mail and you are wondering how to appeal. The first thing to realize is that you should not give up your case. Even if you feel upset or angry at the SSA, you cannot give up the fight after one or two denials of… Read More »

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THE BURDEN TO PROVE DISABILITY IS ON YOU

YOU HAVE THE BURDEN OF PROOF AT YOUR DISABILITY HEARING Most people think it is easy to prove disability to the SSA. Those who apply for disability benefits think they will win benefits at their hearing, if they simply explain their disabling symptoms to the Judge.  But the SSA system doesn’t work like that…. Read More »

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Biggest Mistake People Make At Their Disability Hearing

DON’T MAKE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE AT YOUR HEARING What is the biggest mistake people make when they have a disability hearing before an Administrative Law Judge? BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THEY DON’T SHOW UP! You may be shocked to find out that many people, despite ample notice, don’t make it to their hearing. This… Read More »

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ALJ Denies Claimant With Cerebral Palsy

CEREBRAL PALSY Recently, an ALJ denied a claimant with Cerebral Palsy. He did this even though Social Security’s own doctors opined she could not work. The claimant filed for disability benefits stating she could no longer work, because her Cerebral Palsy had become worse as she aged.  The medical record stated she could no… Read More »

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SSA WANTS YOU TO HAVE A VIDEO HEARING – DON’T FALL FOR IT

THE SSA WANTS YOU TO HAVE A VIDEO HEARING The SSA sends out notices to claimants stating they can have their day in court by “video teleconference.” If you got this notice it means that, unless you object within 30 days in writing, your hearing will be scheduled with a judge who will appear by… Read More »

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