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Social Security is approving a lower percentage of cases what can I do to help my case

  Social Security disability is all over the news.  Every time you turn around there is another article about the rise in the number of disability cases being filed, the rise of the number of people receiving benefits, and calls for fundamental changes to the system.  What these stories do not tell…

Social Media and Investor Fraud

While this site is aimed at seniors, they aren’t the only ones taken in by fraud through the internet, social media and email.  Good tips for everyone to review and know. SEC – Social Media and Seniors

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…

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 –…

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…

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…

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…

Why your medical records are not getting you approved for disability

There are many reasons why a Social Security disability claim may be denied, but the most overlooked is what your medical records say or don’t say. in this age of HMO medicine, doctors spend less and less time face to face with the patient and even less time charting or…

What you can do to help your disability case

The most important thing you can do to help your case is to continue to seek medical care, even if this is from a free or reduced fee clinic. Without medical evidence of your disability, your case becomes harder to prove. If you do not have free or reduced care…