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BACK PAIN AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR BACK IMPAIRMENTS Do you have back pain that results in disability? To qualify for disability benefits, the SSA requires you to have a “medically determinable” impairment that lasts for at least one year. This means that MRI’s, CT scans, or x-rays, should show show that your back pain is… Read More »

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FIBROMYALGIA AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

DISABILITY BENEFITS AND FIBROMYALGIA Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that the Social Security Administration recognizes for purposes of disability benefits. You can obtain Social Security disability benefits from the SSA if you have Fibromyalgia and are unable to work. However, you must show that you have a medically determinable impairment. Likewise, you must prove… Read More »

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WHAT QUESTIONS WILL THE JUDGE ASK AT MY DISABILITY HEARING?

Are you wondering what questions the disability judge will ask at your SSA hearing? Don’t worry, an SSA hearing is nothing like an impeachment hearing. You are the main witness, but you will not be grilled with questions like they do to witnesses on television. SSA hearings are informal. They are also private, which… Read More »

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MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS THE JUDGE MUST CONSIDER

HOW DOES THE JUDGE RATE MENTAL CONDITIONS AT DISABILITY HEARINGS? Mental Impairments are crucial to determining disability. At disability hearings, the ALJ must weigh the medical evidence. By “weigh” the evidence, he or she must determine which evidence to give the most credence too. For example, most SSA files contain evidence from the claimant’s… Read More »

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OBESITY & DISABILITY SOCIAL SECURITY RULING 19-2P

SOCIAL SECURITY RULING 19-2P – OBESITY & DISABILITY Obesity is a disability that can prevent you from working. If you are off work for more than 12 months, then you can apply for disability benefits. Over the years, the SSA’s rules regarding obesity have changed multiple times. In 2019, the SSA issued Social Security… Read More »

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THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDICAL RECORDS IN YOUR DISABILITY CASE

THE SSA NEEDS MEDICAL RECORDS AT EVERY LEVEL OF THE DISABILITY CASE It is paramount that you understand the importance of collecting all of your medical records when you apply for disability benefits. You can apply for disability benefits online at the Social Security’s website. When you first apply for benefits, you should include… Read More »

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BLACK LUNG DISABILITY BENEFITS

BLACK LUNG DISEASE If you have black lung disease or Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis, you may be eligible for disability benefits. Black lung disease can be seen on chest x-ray and CT scans. If you have black lung disease, then your chest x-ray or CT scan will show pulmonary nodules in your lungs. If you… Read More »

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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 SSD BENEFITS AND WANT TO TRY GOING BACK TO WORK. CAN YOU? Do you know what a “trial work period” is? Let’s talk about the typical scenario for a trial work period. You won disability benefits and one year has gone by. Perhaps you had surgery and are feeling better. Maybe you… 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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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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