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Lost Documents at Social Security: An Epidemic? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Over the past six months, I have experienced six (6) separate instances of significant problems arising from SSA personnel losing documents or failing to send out notice ... Read on »
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Social Security Judges for Bias by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities One of the "dirty little secrets" well known to Social Security lawyers relates to the importance of which judge is assigned to hear your case.   The tendencies of the j ... Read on »
Multiple Sclerosis Patient Seeks Strategy to Win SSDI Case Early by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Here is a question I received from a multiple sclerosis patient who is preparing to apply for Social Security disability and is hoping to win her case early. Jonat ... Read on »
What to Expect When Social Security Schedules You for a Medical Exam? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Earlier this month I received an email asking about initial application procedures from a gentleman who had visited my Georgia disability web site.   This person had not ... Read on »
What To Do if your Doctor is Not Cooperative by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities If you haven't already noticed, physicians are working harder for less money.  I expect this trend to continue, especially with the government getting more involved in s ... Read on »
Hearing Delays Result in Increased Danger to Judges by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Recently, I represented a claimant afflicted with cancer who clearly met Social Security's definition of disability – she had a medically determinable condition that precl ... Read on »
Discover How Disabled Veterans Can Optimize Social Security Disability Benefits by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Joel Ban Attorney Joel Ban, a Utah lawyer who handles both Social Security disability and Veterans Disability claims recently posted a concise and informative arti ... Read on »
More on Compassionate Allowances and Quick Determinations by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities On October 13, 2010, SSA announced new rules effective on November 12, 2010 that will allow SSA personnel to fast track disability claims.   Now there are two programs t ... Read on »
Can Child Claim Auxiliary Benefits if Disabled Parent Refuses to Apply? by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I regularly receive questions about auxiliary Social Security disability benefits .   Often these questions are from divorced persons who are struggling with the cost of ... Read on »
These Questions Always Get Asked at Hearings by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In my practice, I always try to schedule an in-office, in-person meeting with my client prior to his/her hearing.   Usually, I try to meet a week or two before the actua ... Read on »
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What Does it Mean When a Judge Wants to Change Your Onset Date by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities As I noted this past November , I am starting to see more instances when a judge will want to change the "onset date" for my client's disability.  What does this mean an ... Read on »
Social Security Adds More Conditions to "Compassionate Allowance" Program by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This past February, Social Security issued a press release announcing that it was adding thirty-eight (38) medical conditions to its "compassionate allowance" program .  ... Read on »
The importance of doctor support in a disability claim (and why this is the case) by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Doctors play a pivotal role in the social security disability process. Their contributions of expertise and documentation provide insight to an applicant’s mental and/or ... Read on »
Video Hearings vs. Traditional Disability Hearings: Why Video Hearings Might Be Your Best Bet by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In previous posts, I have discussed at length what actually happens at a Social Security Disability hearing . However, I have failed to discuss the topic of video hearings ... Read on »
Vocational Expert FAQ: Everything you need to know about the VE by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities You have received notice of your hearing date from the SSA. You are going through all the paperwork when you come across a piece of correspondence indicating that a vocati ... Read on »
Paying taxes on Social Security Disability benefits by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities With only one month to go until April 15th, our focus has quickly shifted to this year’s tax preparations. From W-2s to 1099s, to 1040 mailings to tax preparer solicitatio ... Read on »
SSI and SSDI During and After Incarceration by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Question: What happens to an individual’s disability benefits when they are convicted of a felony offense and sentenced to a time of incarceration? Answer: Und ... Read on »
Diabetes and Social Security Disability Case Study Posted by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This afternoon, I tried an SSDI case involving a 53 year old woman claiming disability based on diabetes and associated complications.  In reviewing the record it appears ... Read on »
How to Describe Pain in a Disability Case by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In a recent post on the importance of claimant credibility , I made a point that your ability to effectively describe your physical pain at the hearing may play a role in ... Read on »