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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 »
Helpful Tips for the Disability Claimant: Knowing How To Describe Pain 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 »
The Consultative Exam (CE): Part 3 by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Hello and welcome to the final installment of my 3-part mini-series on the Social Security Disability consultative examination (CE). In this final post, I discuss what can ... Read on »
The Consultative Exam (CE): Part 2 by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Hello and welcome to Part 2 of my 3-part mini-series on Social Security Disability consultative exams (CE). In this post, I discuss how an independent medical examiner is ... Read on »
The Consultative Exam (CE): Part 1 by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I have been asked a few questions which relate to the Consultative Examination (CE), which is basically a doctor's appointment sometimes scheduled on your behalf by the SS ... Read on »
Your Credibility – A Key Factor in Winning Your Claim by Jonathan G. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In a previous blog post, I set out several discussion points that I raise with my clients in our pre-hearing conferences .  One of those discussion points has to do with " ... Read on »