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Open Letter to NPR from Former SSA commissioners

There is information around Social Security circles today that the former SSA commissioners have sent an Open Letter to NPR.  At this time, I have not been able to confirm the source or accuracy of the letter.  Thus the information may or may not be 100% accurate (or even accurate…

Asthma and COPD disability cases

  As we head into the cold and flu season, those with asthma and COPD often experience exacerbation of their condition.  If your applying for disability, there are several ways your case could be approved. By far the easiest is for your condition to meet or equal a listing.  The…

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…

Social Security Bashing – Political Rhetoric to sway your vote

Okay, we have all seen it, not once, but repeatedly the news articles, reports and blogs about the evils of Social Security.  And if you haven’t seen it, here is a taste of some of the most recent disability bashing articles Disability appeals a $1.4 billion business for lawyers A…

Social Security Disability, Step 2

    The first medical step to overcome in proving your Social Security disability case is to show that your medical condition is severe AND that it will either end in your death or last at least 12 months.  This duration requirement is important because in many cases the condition…

Social Security Disability Hearing – Don’t have an attorney

Here is what you need to prepare for. 1)Social Security will send you notice in the mail of your hearing date and time.  Thus you need to make sure that any address changes are promptly communicated to Social Security. 2) If that date and time is not good for you,…

New Social Security Rulings and Regulations

Social Security has recently released a new ruling and a new regulation. SSR 12-2p goes into effect immediately and gives guidance on the evaluation of Fibromyalgia cases. Specifically, this ruling gives us requirements on what is needed to show Fibromyalgia as a medically determined impairment.  There are now two ways to…

Social Security and Kaiser Permanente Begin Partnership to Speed Up Disability Decisions

Social Security Press Office: Social Security and Kaiser Permanente Begin Partnership to Speed Up Disability Decisions. This will help to make sure that Kaiser’s patients will have a more fully developed record for decisions to be made on.  Many claimant’s get denied early on because SSA never receives most of their medical records.

How quickly can my Social Security disability claim be approved?

Yes your Social Security Disability claim can be approved very quickly.  I have had client’s approved within 30-45 days.  In fact, I just received an approval letter, on an initial claim filed May 11th, dated June 12th.  That is 32 calendar days and 21 business days and a very relieved…

Social Security Disability and Citizenship

There are lots of statements out there about Social Security benefits (both retirement and disability) being obtained by both illegal and legal aliens.   In order to get these benefits a person must have a valid social security number and meet the following eligibility requirement Sec. 1614. [42 U.S.C. 1382c](a)(1) For purposes of this title, the…