Social Security Hearing Judge Approval Rates

New numbers have been released by Social Security providing the number of cases approved and denied by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) for each hearing office (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review – ODAR). The rates cover September 25, 2010 through … Continue reading

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Social Security Ruling: Documenting and Evaluating Disability in Young Adults

September 10, 2011 saw the second SSR issued for 2011 (effective September 12, 2011). You can also view and download the entire ruling as a PDF here. SSR 11-2p deals with Documenting and Evaluating Disability in Young Adults. Much of the ruling is a … Continue reading

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Social Security Judge Told Me She Approved My Disability Case

I was recently asked the following question: The judge at my husband’s hearing said she was going to approve him. She said she would get his letter to him in the next 2 or 3 weeks, but NO letter yet. … Continue reading

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Is a Social Security disability hearing without a Vocational Expert a bad sign?

I was recently asked what it meant that the Administrative Law Judge did not have a Vocational Expert (VE) testify at an individual’s Social Security hearing. What happens when the administrative law judge does not call the vocational expert to … Continue reading

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Social Security to go “broke” in 2017

AP reports Social Security may run out of funds to fullyfund Social Security disability benefits as early as 2017: New congressional estimates say the trust fund that supports Social Security disability will run out of money by 2017, leaving the … Continue reading

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Social Security widow’s benefits for divorced spouse

  Can a divorced husband or wife collects Social Security survivor’s benefits (widow’s or widow’s benefits) after a divorce? Yes, in some circumstances, they can. Here is a summary of the requirements: You had to be married for at least … Continue reading

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Social Security lawyers and percent won

Do you know how to find a good lawyer? How about asking: What percentage of cases do you win? A high percentage of wins sounds good to many people. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will get a good lawyer. Let me let … Continue reading

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Does adoption cut off survivor’s benefits for children?

I previously wrote about when a child qualifies for survivor’s benefits. I was recently asked if adoption stops Social Security survivor’s benefits for a child. If a child receives benefits from a deceased parent and is adopted by a step parent, can … Continue reading

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Is a 504 plan or IEP enough to win Social Security children’s benefits

My Colorado law office handled a number of Social Security disability benefits for children. Often parents have a 504 plan or an IEP (Individualized Education Program) from the school. Parents often ask me if this is enough to have their … Continue reading

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Social Security offices cutting hours

Social Security offices are cutting the number of hours they are open to the public by 30 minutes each day. This is part of a nationwide program reduction caused by budget cuts (including cuts to 1,600 jobs at Social Security … Continue reading

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Social Security denied me disability benefits using a doctor of WHAT?

Social Security has physicians review disability cases as medical consultant’s to make opinions on individual’s abilities and limitations. However, what good is the medical consultant’s opinion if they don’t have expertise in with the disability in question. Per Nate Craig: … Continue reading

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Can creditors garnish Social Security benefits?

Can Social Security benefits be garnished by a creditor? Social Security says “NO”. If a creditor other than the federal government tries to garnish your Social Security benefits, inform them that such an action violates Section 207 of the Social … Continue reading

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10 Steps to Prepare for your Social Security Hearing

  My friend, Maine disability lawyer, Gordon Gates, has put together a free e-book, 10 Steps To Prepare For Your Social Security Disability Hearing. In it, you’ll learn: How Social Security reviews cases. What you can do while waiting for … Continue reading

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Does Social Security family maximum reduce disability benefits?

  We’ve previously talked about the Social Security Family Maximum, which limits the total amount of auxiliary benefits paid out on a disability case. We have also discussed how a new child can reduce the auxiliary benefits for other children. … Continue reading

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Effect of another child on Social Security auxiliary benefits

When a parent receives Social Security disability benefits, specifically SSDI (not SSI), his or her minor children are often eligible for Social Security auxiliary benefits. The minor children are still potentially eligible for these benefits even if the parents are divorced, and … Continue reading

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