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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…

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…

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…

Regional Resources for Social Security

Did you know that each Office of Disability Adjudication and Review region has it’s own website and some even offer public presentations regarding Social Security benefits.  These pages include contact information for the regions, Congressional Inquiry information and other resources many may find useful. The links to the regions are…

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…