Wow it has been a long time since I have posted to my blog. Life and work, just kept seemingly to get in the way.
And now so many things have changed. With Social Security we know have 75 day notice prior to the hearing. This means that you and, if you have one, your attorney, will now get a hearing date at least 75 days away, instead of 20. This change makes it much easier to have a complete file, especially with those hospitals that take 60 or more days to get their records out.
Other changes include a requirement that SSA be notified or provided records at least 5 business days prior to hearing. With the 75 day notice, this rule has minimal effect on the way most SSA cases are run.
The atmosphere with SSA is still stacked against someone applying for disability. Rhetoric of fraud has only increased with the Conn case in Kentucky, despite multiple reports by SSA that fraud is actually very tiny in the system.
Approval rate for all cases, nationwide, runs just under 50%, which means over half of everyone that applies is ultimately denied benefits. This makes having assistance even more important.
Finally, for those folks in Northeast Ohio, I am expanded my practice beyond just SSA disability and will now also be taken family law, probate (guardians, wills, health directives, power of attorneys), and traffic cases. Let me help you change your child support, avoid points on your license, or tell people your wishes if you are sick or when you pass away.