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Almost half of Americans forgo medical care due to cost

According to a CNN article 43% of working Americans forgo health care treatment due to costs.  This includes not seeing a doctor, not filling a prescription, or not following recommended care. It is well known that prevention and early intervention can help stem or slow down the severity of medical…

New 6th Circuit case on EAJA fees

http://j.st/WG6 The district court gave a sentence-four remand bit refused EAJA fees citing that due to the contingent fee retainer used in SSA cases,  the plaintiff has not incurred any fees thus EAJA was not available and the assignment was barred by Anti-assignment act. 6th Circuit reversed stating that plaintiff…

What will my disability hearing be like?

This is a common question for clients, many of them are nervous and anxious about their hearings.  I also get asked if the client will have to speak and the answer is always YES!  While there will be other people talking at your hearing, the majority will come from you….

Agencies’ say electronic records can reduce time for disability rulings – Longview News-Journal: News

The benefits of the new process include: • faster delivery of DoD medical records to Social Security ,• a more efficient system to obtain records,• a reduction in the time it takes to make a medical decision on a disability claim, and • a reduction in the number of consultative…

Why have an attorney help you apply for disability?

In doing final review for a hearing next week I noticed that DDS discounted the  client’s credibility because at the consultative exam the client told the doctor that he’d been in special education classes in school but the client did not indicate that on the initial application.  This was despite the school…

My child has a disability are they eligible for Social Security Benefits?

There is no real easy answer to this question.  SSI benefits for disabled children are based on several different factors. First, your family income and asset level must be below a certain amount before Social Security will even look at the medical factors.  In other words, if your family makes…

Common Social Security Disability Terms

ALJ – Administrative Law judge.  This is the person who will be making the decision about your disability at the hearing level.  The Judge runs the hearing, will ask you questions, and will ask questions of any experts present. DDS – Disability Determination Services.  This is the agency, usually a…

You can now view your estimated benefit amounts for Social Security Online

Get Your Social Security Statement Online. After making an account with SSA you will be able to view your estimated disability benefits early retirement benefits, retirement benefits (at 65 and 70) potential children benefits and your family maximum via You can now view your estimated benefit amounts for SOcial Security…

How To Get Your Medical Records – Part 1 | Disability Tips

How To Get Your Medical Records – Part 1 | Disability Tips. If you just filed for benefits, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to improve your chances of being approved? Yes! Get your medical records! Why should I get my own records? Social Security…

Chronic pain and mental Health

Time and time again I meet clients just starting their disability applications.  They’ve recently been injured or stopped working due to a condition that is causing them chronic pain, loss of mobility, and no loss of employment.  Over the course of waiting for a hearing, many of these clients are…