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New 8th Circuit Special Education Ruling

T.B., et al. v. St. Joseph School District :: Eighth Circuit :: US Courts of Appeals Cases :: US Federal Case Law :: US Case Law :: US Law :: Justia. home-based program that is not proper under IDEA disqualifies the parents from reimbursement of costs associated with the program…

How To Get Your Medical Records – Part 1 | Disability Tips

How To Get Your Medical Records – Part 1 | Disability Tips. If you just filed for benefits, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to improve your chances of being approved? Yes! Get your medical records! Why should I get my own records? Social Security…

What Social Security does not consider in deciding your claim

Clients often ask my what Social Security considers in determining their claim.  I tell them that Social Security looks at their medical records, doctor’s statements, and their own statements to create a residual function capacity (rfc).  This is essentially what activities SSA believes you can do after taking into account…

Grid rules – What are they?

Grid rules are the framework that Social Security looks to based on certain factors to say whether you are disabled.  They come into play at step 5 of the sequential framework, after it is determined that you cannot do your past relevant work of the last 15 years. The grid…

Chronic pain and mental Health

Time and time again I meet clients just starting their disability applications.  They’ve recently been injured or stopped working due to a condition that is causing them chronic pain, loss of mobility, and no loss of employment.  Over the course of waiting for a hearing, many of these clients are…

A very good article regarding how the CDC comes up with Autism rates in the US. My son, who is not diagnosed with autism but carries an Educational Autism classification was in Missouri’s reporting class for 2008 (with DOB in 2000). He has early medical records indicating possible Autism (from…

Social Security adds 52 new conditions to Compassionate Allowances List

PolicyNet/Instructions Updates/EM-12014: Compassionate Allowances List Expansion Announcement–One-Time-Only.   SSA announced today 52 new conditions have been added to the compassionate allowance list, effective August 13, 2012.� If you have a condition that falls on the Compassionate allowances list, your case may be eligible for expedited approval. via Social Security adds…

Why the wait for a Social Security Hearing is so long.

Over and over clients ask why they have to wait so long for their Social Security disability hearing.  Many times they blame their attorney for not pushing their case forward.  Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to speed up your case, except in extremely dire situations.  Even then, it…

Social Security Case Rulings Week of March 23, 2012

8th Circuit MEADOR v. ASTRUE United States District Court, W.D. Arkansas, Fort Smith Division. March 16, 2012. Remanded The ALJ explanation that the claimant played basketball and one sentence dismissing the other doctor’s opinion is not sufficient to explain the weight given to Doctor’s statements. 10th Circuit IN THE MATTER…

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