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Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Attorney for your disability case

10.  You’re sick and in pain and without an attorney your disability application or appeal is just another thing you would have to worry about alone. 9.   Because an attorney know how important each of those questions are like how much did you lift and how often and what…

Disability Judges – SSA’s secret Judge Policy

By now, unless you have been living under a rock, you have seen multiple news stories about Social Security Disability.  Whether it has been the announcement that the fund will run out of reserves in a few years or the media focus on how EASY  people get award benefits, the…

Social Security to start eAuthorization of 827’s

Letter from the Commissioner regarding eAuthorization. Starting April 21, 2012 SSA will begin allowing disability applications to electronically sign 827’s authorization for release of medical records.  This change will apply to all applicants filing online and will mean less pages to print & return to SSA after filing your application….

How to Survive Until My Social Security Disability Benefits are Approved Pt 2 – Housing

For almost everyone our largest expense each month is our housing. When your illness causes you to be unable to work, it is also one of the hardest expenses to cut.  Here are some things to consider regarding your housing while waiting for your benefits and beyond. 1) Downsize –…

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…

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…

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…

The Reality of an IEP

I thought long and hard about how to approach this topic without insinuating that parents are doing things wrong and schools are not breaking the law or fighting against giving IEPs. My goal is not to discourage parents from pursuing their legal remedies against a school. Instead, my goal is…

More on Amelia

Here is a link to another blog, that is linking to many other blogs posting their outrage about Amelia’s treatment. Countering

The Story of Amelia

Social media and blogs have been up in arms over Philadelphia Children’s Hospital’s treatment of 2 yo Amelia Rivera, Parents blog post. Amelia is in need of a kidney transplant. Her family wishes to donate a kidney to her and the hospital has refused to perform the operation because Amelia…