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Mystery ALJ Policy to end

SSA has announced that the mystery ALJ policy will end effective April 20th, ALJ names will again appear on Notices of hearing. Unrepresented and already have a hearing scheduled?  You can now call the hearing office (prior to April 20th) and request the name of the ALJ hearing your case….

Supplemental Hearings

So you had your disability hearing and now the ALJ has scheduled a supplemental hearing.  What does this mean? Well it depends.  An ALJ may have scheduled a supplemental hearing for a number of reasons. 1) The ALJ may have needed to gather more medical evidence from your doctors or…

DDN investigation into delayed social security benefits… | www.daytondailynews.com

In a July 30 article, the Daily News reported that the Social Security Administration’s Dayton hearing office in the last two fiscal years was the second slowest in the nation for processing appeals for benefits. Even though the office has improved wait times — this year it has not ranked…

Another Disability Judge Placed on Leave – WSJ.com

Another Disability Judge Placed on Leave – WSJ.com. The Social Security Administration has placed a disability law judge on paid administrative leave while it looks into complaints about his demeanor during hearings, the man’s lawyer said. Administrative law judge Gerald Krafsur, based on Kingsport, Tenn., was placed on leave last…

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…

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…

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…