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Genitourinary Impariment Listing URL Updated by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities The Social Security Administration has changed the URL for Listing No. 6.00 – Genitourinary Impairments. Previously, the URL read as follows: http://www.ssa.gov/di ... Read on »
Absence of Political Influence Costs Social Security Disability Claimants by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I have no doubt that a significant percentage of disability claimants denied by Social Security judges do have significant medical or mental health problems that wo ... Read on »
How do I Win for a Medical Condition that Cannot be Seen on a Diagnostic Test by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I get a lot of questions about fibromyalgia and other medical conditions that rely on subjective reporting by patients.  These cases are definitely getting more d ... Read on »
Will I Win my Case? I have been Waiting a Long Time and I am Scared by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Every month, I receive requests for my opinion from concerned and anxious disability applicants about whether a case is good enough to win.   Usually a hearing has ... Read on »
Can Vocational Witness Testimony Predict the Outcome of Your Hearing? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Over the past couple of years, Social Security has changed its procedures to offer less information to claimants and their lawyers.  Staring in January, 2012, for exampl ... Read on »
SSDI Claimants Can Expect to be Asked About Unemployment Benefits by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Over the past several months, I have noted that my SSDI clients are regularly being asked by judges if they have filed for unemployment benefits.  This question used to ... Read on »
Past Due Benefits Paid Up to One Year Prior to Application Date Only by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Questions related to onset dates, application dates and the date of first payment continue to be one of the more confusing elements of Social Security disability.  A rec ... Read on »
Use a Cane? Get a Prescription by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This year, I have represented three clients who use a cane either all of the time or most of the time but whose use of this assistive device was discounted by the judge ... Read on »
Why Do Social Security Judges Call Vocational Expert Witnesses to Testify at Social Security... by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In most Social Security disability hearings, judges call on expert witnesses called “vocational experts” to help them evaluate your capacity for working.  As a general r ... Read on »
Will Filing for Unemployment Hurt Your Social Security Disability Case? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In my Social Security disability practice I frequently see clients who have filed for unemployment at the same time they have filed for disability.  On the surface, this ... Read on »
How do You Contact the Judge to Update Your Hearing Testimony? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I recently received the following question from a blog reader who asked a very interesting question: I just had my second hearing with administrative judge and wante ... Read on »
Claim Review Doctors at Social Security Overworked, Underqualified and Underpaid by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities If you have received a claim denial notice from Social Security, you are familiar with the language used in these denials: We have determined that your condition i ... Read on »
Appeals Court Awards Claimant 30 Years Worth of Past Due Benefits by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities A federal circuit court of appeals has awarded a widow 30 years worth of past due benefits on her late husband’s claim.  The case involved the claim of Dr. Richard Frush ... Read on »
Why does Social Security Want You to See a Psychiatrist if You Have a Physical Injury? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities At some point in your Social Security disability case – usually during the initial application evaluation, but possibly later – Social Security will send you out for a “ ... Read on »
If You Appeal an Unfavorable Hearing Decision, You Can No Longer File a New Claim as Well by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities For as long as I have been in practice, I have advised my clients that if they received an unfavorable hearing decision, they could file an appeal with the Appeals Counc ... Read on »
Free Resource for Disability Claimants: 10 Steps to Prepare for Your Social Security Disability... by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities My colleague (and fellow Tulane Law School alumni!) Gordon Gates, a Social Security disability lawyer who practices in Maine and New Hampshire, recently wrote me to let ... Read on »
SSI is Different than SSDI by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I regularly get phone calls or emails from potential clients who tell me that they “want to apply for SSI.”  In some respects “filing for SSI” has become a shorthand phr ... Read on »
Can I Discharge my Social Security Disability Overpayment in a Bankruptcy? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In my law practice, I handle both Social Security disability cases and consumer bankruptcy matters.   As such, I regularly get calls from other attorneys and potential c ... Read on »
Understanding the Social Security Disability “System” by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities My colleague, San Francisco California Social Security disability attorney Geri Kahn, publishes an interesting and thoughtful Social Security disability blog that I read ... Read on »
Working After Being Awarded Disability – What is the "Ticket to Work?" by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities With disability claims taking 2 to 3 years to wind through the disability adjudication system, I often get the question from my clients "is it okay if I try to work" or "i ... Read on »