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Missing Your Social Security Disability Hearing Is a Mistake

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To get a Social Security Disability hearing scheduled in most parts of the country takes between 6 months and 2 years.  But even though people often wait over a year for their hearing, and the hearing is going to decide a serious matter that affects their ability to take care of themselves or their family, […]

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Having a Friend Represent You at Your Disability Hearing is a Mistake

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You know more than anyone how important your disability case is for you and your family.  You are trying to replace your income with a disability check because you can no longer work due to your medical problems.  Your ability to take care of yourself and your family is in large part tied to the […]

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Can you be Awarded Social Security Disability Benefits if you have Ever Used Drugs or Alcohol?

Yes, it is still possible to receive social security disability benefits if you have used illegal drugs or alcohol.  The use of drugs and alcohol is definitely a factor that the state agency and an Administrative Law Judge will consider when deciding your case, but a claim will not be precluded based solely on a […]

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Does a Disability Attorney have to File my Appeal with the Appeals Court?

No.  You can appeal to the Appeals Council on your own.  However, it can be more difficult to win at the Appeals Council without an attorney, and if you lose the consequences for your disability claim could be drastic . Appealing to the Appeals Council is a much different process than having a hearing with […]

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How to Handle a Social Security Disability Appeal

What should you do if you have the option to file a Social Security Disability appeal? Don’t pass up an appeal!  By appealing you protect your chance of receiving your full back award.  Also, appealing your case moves it up the ladder of the disability evaluation process.  At the third level you will have a […]

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Losing Your Social Security Disability Hearing

If your application for benefits was denied after your hearing, don’t lose hope!  The judge does not have the final say in your case, and just because one judge decided you aren’t disabled doesn’t mean you can’t win if you keep trying. If a judge denied your case you should generally appeal your case to […]

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The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) Denies Claims to Save Government Money.

The SSA does not deny claims to save government money.  Applicants are generally not approved because either they do not have adequate objective medical evidence to prove their claim or they are not aware of the appeals process they are entitled to. It is important to see your primary care physician and specialists regularly to […]

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Social Security Disability Forms

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Social Security Disability Forms are part of the paperwork you have to fill out during the disability application process.  You have to do some of the forms when you start your case, while others are mailed to you by Social Security after you have already started your case. The Disability Forms ask about your work […]

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