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Heading to the Missouri Supreme Court – Disability and Unemployment

A news article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch came out today regarding the State of Missouri attempting to recover $3,000.00 in alleged over-payments due to also receiving Social Security benefits.  In this case, Social Security and Unemployment talked to each other, came up with a number to be withheld from the claimant’s…

Notable News on Social Security this week

March 20th, 2012 Ways & Means Testimony Re Social Security Disability decisions  There was some interesting testimony and stats that came from the Ways and Means hearing held on Tuesday. I have quoted some below. we estimate that as many as 60 percent of applicants could have received a different…

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…

Social Security Disability News – Chairman Johnson Announces the Third in a Hearing Series on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program

Insurance News – Chairman Johnson Announces the Third in a Hearing Series on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program.   U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, today announced a hearing on how disability is…

How to survive until my Social Security benefits are approved: A Multi-Part Series – Pt 1 Medical Care

Almost every single client will at some point ask me how am I expected to get by until my benefits are approved? There is no easy answer, but there are resources that could help you prior to approval. over the course of the next few weeks I will touch on…

Back problems and Disability

One of the more common reasons for a disability application is back issues. They can also be some of the hardest cases to win. Why? Because the primary symptom of back problems is pain and pain is a subjective issue. No one feels how much pain you’re in nor is…

More news on disability and unemployment

The USA today recently ran an editorial regarding the rise of disability applications during the recession. In the editorial the length of the process is blamed on attorneys dragging their feet to increase their fees, implies people are cheating the system, and seemingly ignores many facts that those who work…

The Language of Social Security Disability

I have attached a PDF guide called the Language of SOcial Security Disability A guide to getting yourself and your doctor speaking Social Security’s Language. It is a short list of some ways to help improve the quality of your medical records and the language used in them to increase…

How to apply for Social Security Disability

You can apply for disability benefits in three ways. 1) You can apply in person at a Social Security office.  Depending on your local office’s size, you may need an appointment or you may just be able to drop in at any time.  Set aside at least 1-2 hours to…

Why your medical records are not getting you approved for disability

There are many reasons why a Social Security disability claim may be denied, but the most overlooked is what your medical records say or don’t say. in this age of HMO medicine, doctors spend less and less time face to face with the patient and even less time charting or…