What is Acceptable Medical Evidence?

Social Security issued a ruling about ten years ago about “acceptable medical evidence,” considerably broadening the scope of proof allowed in a disability case claim. This has always been a problematic area in Social Security law – particularly for the many patients who receive much of their care from nurse practitioners or physicians’ assistants or […]

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Backlogs in Wait for Hearings Continue to Rise

The Social Security Administration recently released statistics about the backlog work of work of Adminstrative Judges and hearing offices. The news was not great for claimants. The backlog grew significantly last year. Total applications filed in Fiscal year 2015 exceeded 2,750,000. Of these 33% were paid at the initial level. Of those who appealed to […]

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Disability Application Sites Could be Scams

Scammers are trying to get personal information from people, by pretending to help with applications for disability benefits and claims. A recent alert from the Social Security Inspector General warns of this “phishing” scam, and — whether or not you’ve started an application for benefits — these scammers could contact you. They’re taking a shot […]

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May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The National Stroke Association offers lots of information on recognizing, treating and preventing strokes: • Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die. • 87% of strokes are classified as ischemic. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot or a mass blocks […]

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How are Attorney Fees Calulated for Disability?

Wondering about how fees are calculated in disability cases? Here is a simple explanation! The fees are set by law at 25% of any back benefit won. The back benefit is the amount of any back pay that the claimant is awarded. The fee includes nothing from ongoing benefits forward in time. And it is […]

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What’s the Difference: SSI and Social Security Disability?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two types of disability benefits: SSI, which stands for Supplemental Security Income, and SSDI, which is Social Security Disability Insurance. While both of these programs are designed for disabled individuals, their eligibility requirements and benefits differ significantly. Here’s a rundown of these two programs, and what you should do […]

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12 Biggest Mistakes Claimants Make

Here are 12 mistakes we see people make in applying for Disability benefits: 1. Not applying soon enough – months of eligibility can be lost. 2. Taking ‘no’ for an answer – not appealing a denial. 3. Taking ‘yes’ for an answer – accepting a late onset date and thus reducing the back benefit award. […]

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Proving Arthritis-Based Disability

The Arthritis Foundation estimates that up to 2.1 million Americans are affected by rheumatoid arthritis. The incidence is higher after age 50, and it can affect the whole body. It lurks in the hands, skin, heart, lungs and joint linings, leading to long-term joint damage and chronic pain. For a Social Security disability claim, the […]

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