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SSA USES SIX DOMAINS TO DESCRIBE CHILDHOOD DISABILITY

 WHAT ARE THE SIX CHILDHOOD DISABILITY DOMAINS ? In order to win SSI or childhood disability benefits, you must be familiar with the six domains the SSA uses to describe childhood impairments. The six domains are listed and outlined below. If your child’s disability does not meet a listing, then one can turn to… Read More »

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NEW YORK TIMES REPORTS DISABILITY MAY NOT BE A BARRIER TO WORK

IS DISABILITY A BARRIER TO WORK? On September 5, 2019, the New York Times published Ben Casselman’s article about disability and work. Casselman wrote, employers like Dell, started a program to hire people with autism. Kate Cosway, who has a master’s degree, was chosen by Dell for a 12-week internship, which is now becoming… Read More »

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WHAT IS A TRIAL WORK PERIOD?

YOU WON BENEFITS AND WANT TO TRY GOING BACK TO WORK. CAN YOU DO IT? You won disability benefits and one year has gone by. Perhaps you are feeling better and want to try work again. Can you go back to work and still receive disability benefits? This is a great question and the… Read More »

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ALJ MUST INCLUDE ALL MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS AT STEP FIVE

THE 7TH CIRCUIT HELD THE ALJ MUST INCLUDE ALL MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS IN HYPOTHETICAL TO THE VE  In Crump v. Saul, the 7th Circuit court held that the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) must include all mental impairments, including moderate impairments, in the hypothetical to the Vocational Expert (VE). If the ALJ does not, then she… Read More »

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Obesity Is A Disabling Impairment Under Social Security Ruling 19-2p

SOCIAL SECURITY RULING 19-2P The SSA issued Social Security Ruling 19-2p this year, rescinding and replacing SSR 02-1p, that was previously used to evaluate obesity as a disabling impairment.  SSR 19-2p states that “obesity,” when established by objective medical evidence (signs, laboratory findings, or both) from an acceptable medical source (AMS), is a medically determinable… 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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Your Hearing Is Scheduled: What Now? By Eric Paulsen

In most cases, applicants for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will go to a hearing, with a lawyer, before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). This is a vital step for many reasons, including that YOU can testify as to how your disabilities affect you on a daily basis. This… Read More »

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Can I Retire Early And Still Collect Disability Benefits?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY BENEFITS? Many people who can no longer work due to disability, experience confusion about whether to retire early or to apply for disability benefits. What option you chose can have serious consequences for your income over time. While it is correct that the SSA administers both benefits,… 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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