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Social Security Administration testing reforms to close loopholes seen in Philly captives case

Social Security Administration testing reforms to close loopholes seen in Philly captives case. It will be interesting to see the results of this test.  

My doctor says I am totally disabled but I was denied my Social Security Disability

I can’t repeat it enough your doctor saying your totally disabled means nothing. Not to your case Not to your attorney Not to Social Security And not to the courts Finally, Dr. Agre’s finding that Renstrom was “totally disabled” “gets no deference because it invades the province of the Commissioner to…

Another Disability Judge Placed on Leave – WSJ.com

Another Disability Judge Placed on Leave – WSJ.com. The Social Security Administration has placed a disability law judge on paid administrative leave while it looks into complaints about his demeanor during hearings, the man’s lawyer said. Administrative law judge Gerald Krafsur, based on Kingsport, Tenn., was placed on leave last…

Court Ruling Restores Benefits to Those with Certain Arrest Warrants – US Politics Today

Court Ruling Restores Benefits to Those with Certain Arrest Warrants – US Politics Today. This can make getting benefits easier  for those who’s violations involve a failure to pay court costs, child support etc.

NOSSCR Day 2

Day 2 of NOSSCR saw multiple programs regarding testimony from David Travers at SSAConnect  and Robert Angermeier.  Lots of good tips on many of the pitfalls VE’s give us.  Also took in the Children’s program and a program on RFC. Other information passed along from the conference. 1 in 5 men…

Day 1 Spring 2012 NOSSCR Conference

Hello from rainy Philadelphia, home of the Spring 2012 NOSSCR Conference.  Looks like a lot of great presenters this year with a strong focus on cross examination of experts and dealing with some of the major issues with consultative exams.  With so many good programs I am having trouble picking…

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…

What Social Security does not consider in deciding your claim

Clients often ask my what Social Security considers in determining their claim.  I tell them that Social Security looks at their medical records, doctor’s statements, and their own statements to create a residual function capacity (rfc).  This is essentially what activities SSA believes you can do after taking into account…

Grid rules – What are they?

Grid rules are the framework that Social Security looks to based on certain factors to say whether you are disabled.  They come into play at step 5 of the sequential framework, after it is determined that you cannot do your past relevant work of the last 15 years. The grid…

Why the wait for a Social Security Hearing is so long.

Over and over clients ask why they have to wait so long for their Social Security disability hearing.  Many times they blame their attorney for not pushing their case forward.  Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to speed up your case, except in extremely dire situations.  Even then, it…