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No Jail if You Refuse to Use SSDI Money to Pay Court Ordered Obligations by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities The Michigan Court of Appeals recently issued an interesting decision in a case called In re Robby Lampart about the right of a state agency to go after a claimant’s Soc ... Read on »
How Does a Social Security Judge Decide if I have “Transferable Skills” for Grid Rule... by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This is a good question – the short answer is that judges will look to vocational expert witness testimony to determine whether a claimant has acquired transferable skil ... Read on »
SSA Overpayment Issues Can be Difficult to Handle by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities If you need a lawyer to help you with an overpayment issue, you are going to have a hard time finding help. Overpayment cases arise when Social Security discovers that t ... Read on »
How to Explain Earnings After Your Disability Onset Date by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities If your earnings record shows salary earned after the date you say you became disabled, you can be sure that the judge in your Social Security disability hearing ... Read on »
Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability: Can You Still Win? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Social Security disability judges are increasingly reluctant to award benefits to fibromyalgia claimants unless these claims meet a certain profile.  Let me tell ... Read on »
CNN Report on September 11 PTSD Scam Misses the Mark by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities CNN is reporting that more than 100 New York City firefighters have been indicted in connection with disability fraud .  These firefighters filed claims for disability ... Read on »
Is it Possible to Recover Past Due Benefits for a Disabiling Condition that Began 20 Years Ago by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I recently received an email from a blog reader who tells me that she has recently been approved for SSDI based on a stroke.  However, she was diagnosed with another dis ... Read on »
Fibromyalgia Better Understood – New Testing and Treatment Hopefully on the Way by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities USA Today published a very interesting article on December 15, 2013 about a research which identifies a physiological cause for fibromyalgia.  Currently, fibromyalgia is ... Read on »
A Social Security Disability Insider Reveals How SSA Views Part Time Work by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities There is a social bookmarking site on the Internet called Reddit.com which offers fascinating insight about many topics, including Social Security disability.  Specifica ... Read on »
How to Testify Credibly About Sexual, Emotional or Physical Abuse in a Social Security Hearing by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities One of the more troubling parts about practicing Social Security disability law involves hearing stories of how my clients suffered horrific abuse.  I would estimate tha ... Read on »
Reaction to 60 Minutes Disability Segment: Truth or Fantasy? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment called Disability USA , in which correspondent Steve Kroft reported on the “alarming state of the federal disability progra ... Read on »
Functional Capacity Evaluations: Helpful or Hurtful? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Here is a question I received from a blog reader: I have been told I should qualify for disability because of my permanent restrictions set by my FCE. I was put in a ... Read on »
Payment Processing Mistakes Made by Social Security Result in Accusations of Claimant Fraud by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities You are going to be hearing a lot about Social Security disability fraud in coming months.  With the disability trust fund about to run out of money, Congress will find ... Read on »
Stong Case Undermined by Simple Problem (Maybe) by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I tried an interesting case this week that illustrates the importance of presenting a complete case to your judge. My case involved a man in his early thirties with ... Read on »
Obesity and SSDI by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities The American Medical Association recently released a report 1 officially recognizing obesity as a disease. With one in three Americans falling in the obese or supe ... Read on »
Social Security Disability Again the Subject of Congressional Inquiry by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities CBS News reports this morning that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will begin hearings on Thursday, June 27 about the role of administrative law judg ... Read on »
How to Coordinate Social Security Disability with Social Security Retirement Benefits by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities A number of my Social Security disability clients are in their late 50′s or early 60′s and they have questions about the impact of disability payments on Social Security ... Read on »
Disabling Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Arise from a Single Concussion by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Concussions have been in the news lately because stories about retired football players who are fighting cognitive loss, memory issues and severe depression that arises fr ... Read on »
New Information Available About Social Security’s Work Incentive Programs by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Social Security disability programs are running out of money .   As such Social Security executives are looking for ways to reduce the outflow of dollars. One effort ... Read on »
Your Lump Sum Payment for Past Due Benefits may be at Risk from Child Support Collection Companies by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Recently the Social Security disability lawyer discussion group on LinkedIn contained an interesting thread about child support issues.  Child Support and Social Securit ... Read on »