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Social Security Case Rulings week of March 29, 2012

6th Circuit DRAGON v. COMMISSONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. Filed: March 26, 2012. REVERSED AND BENEFITS AWARDED A judge cannot reject an IQ test as being too old when there is no evidence that indicates the test was invalid, nor do the test results…

Social Security Case Rulings week of March 16, 2012

6th Circuit DORAN v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. March 13, 2012. Affirmed an ALJ may rely on a Vocational Experts own experience as testimony in determining the number of jobs available for DOT positions with mixed skill or exertional levels (job may be performed…

Selection of Social Security Case Law 2/17/12 through 3/9/12

DANIELS v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY United States District Court, N.D. New York – Affirmed 3/6/12 ADHD child’s claim which outlines a level of functioning, based on IEP and school records, which does not meet Social Security’s definition of disabled. We are dealing with an infant who has never been…

Some New Social Security Case Rulings

7th Circuit released a ruling on March 6, 2012 that will allow ERISA Longterm disability plans to offset benefits to the insured due to Social Security benefits received for their dependent children. The case is SCHULTZ v. AVIALL, INC . This case affects claimant’s in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. While…

Social Secuirty Disability Benefits and Long Term Disability Insurance

Applying for LTD and SSA disability benefits can be confusing on what is required, how they work together, and what choices to make.  A discussion with an attorney experienced in the interplay between the two can be extremely beneficial and help you to maximize your chances at successfully achieving your…

NOSSCR seeks impact examples for SSR 11-1P

SSR 11-1p prevents claimants appealing their unfavorable hearing decision to the Appeals Council from filing a new disability claim while their appeal is pending.  This has a significant impact on claimants, especially if their condition worsens or they reach a new age bracket, which may allow an approval on the…