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Tag Archives: Social Security Disability

WHY IS THERE A VOCATIONAL EXPERT COMING TO MY HEARING?

You received your hearing notice and it says there is a vocational expert at your hearing. Who is this vocational expert? Why are they coming to your hearing?  Hopefully, you are starting to see how important it is to hire an attorney with experience to represent you at your hearing. It is your attorney… 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, your chest x-ray or CT scan will show pulmonary nodules in your lungs. If you have… 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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YOU HAD A HEART ATTACK? CAN YOU GET DISABILITY?

HEART ATTACK AND DISABILITY BENEFITS You had a heart attack and you want to know if you qualify for disability benefits. It is a good question. And the answer depends on whether you heart condition impacts your ability to function.  A heart attack can be a serious, disabling event. Some people will recover within… Read More »

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5th Circuit finds Bankruptcy Court has jurisdiction to hear SSA overpayment case

BANKRUPTCY COURT HAS JURISDICTION TO HEAR OVERPAYMENT CASE The 5th Circuit, in Benjamin v. United States of America, (5th Circuit 07/26/2019), has ruled that the Bankruptcy Court has jurisdiction to hear a representative payee’s overpayment case. Benjamin, the plaintiff was the representative payee of his sister’s monthly disability benefits.  His sister returned to work and the… 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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Lost Your Case At The Hearing? What Are Your Options?

Did you go to your hearing with an administrative law judge and lose?  It doesn’t feel good to get an Unfavorable Decision in the mail, after waiting two years to get a hearing, sending in all of your medical records, and going through the stress of a hearing.  The SSA is now only granting… Read More »

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Republican Tax Plan Contemplates Cuts to Disability Benefits and Healthcare

REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN CUTS ENTITLEMENTS The Republican Tax Plan will be paid for by cutting entitlement programs, such as Social Security Disability, Medicare and Medicaid.  These are entitlements that working citizens pay for with taxes out of every paycheck.  If Congress changes these programs, millions of individuals will reach old age and be left… Read More »

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Winning Disability Benefits

WHO EXPERIENCES PTSD? Although Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often associated with Veterans who experience the trauma of war, many people can have the symptoms  of the disease. Those who experience violence, such as spousal abuse, physical abuse, or sexual abuse, can carry the diagnosis of PTSD. Service members who deploy to war zones… Read More »

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The Appeals Council Denies More Than 80% Of Disability Appeals

DO YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO APPEAL IF THE JUDGE DENIES YOUR DISABILITY CLAIM AT A HEARING? If you lose your case at an ALJ hearing, you have the right to appeal your case to the Appeals Council.  The Appeals Council reviews cases from the entire country and it takes, on average, two years for… Read More »

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