Archive | February, 2009

New Research on Inflammatory Disease Suggests Treatment Direction

New animal research in the February 18 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience may indicate how certain diseases make people feel so tired and listless. Although the brain is usually isolated from the immune system, the study suggests that certain behavioral changes suffered by those with chronic inflammatory diseases are caused by the infiltration of […]

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When a Vocational Expert Testifies at Hearing

From Dave Traver’s excellent and informative blog: It is not unusual for a vocational expert (VE) to testify a thousand times or more at disability hearings at the Social Security Administration. It is also not unusual to find attorneys who have spent their entire careers at those hearings without asking a single VE for the […]

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Overpayments Cause Chaos – How to Challenge Them

Overpayment notices arrive like incoming missiles, shattering the fragile stasis of the lives of disability paymnet recipients. Frequently there are errors in the notices, many caused by Social Secuity itself. A common situation is one where the client has reported income and Social Security has failed to record it. Often a skilled advocate can challenge […]

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Social Security: Increased Volume, Decreased Staff

Not too surprising – the one place business is up is at the Social Security office. Today’s Washington Post reports that beleagured workers at the Social Security Administration are “working harder and enjoying it less, while its customers grow ever more frustrated.” A recent Government Accountability Office report details the negative impact of SSA staff […]

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