October 30, 2015

An Administrative Law Judge is the person who will oversee your Social Security Disability hearing. An Administrative Law Judge does have some differences from a non-administrative judge, but they should be treated with the same respect. For example, an ALJ should stil...

October 21, 2015

The Social Security Administration has announced within the last week or so that there will not be a a cost of living increase increase for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients in 2016. So what does this mean exactly?


Well generally the cos...

October 19, 2015

As I stated in my previous post, in step 5, Social Security determines whether a claimant can perform any work in the national economy. In step 5, Social Security has the burden to prove this. To aid in this process, Social Security created Medical-Vocational Guideline...

October 17, 2015


Social Security uses a sequential evaluation process that essentially acts like a flow chart for SSDI and adult SSI cases; meaning if you pass one step, you move on to the next evaluation. The steps are broken down below:


Step 1 - Work

Is the claimant earning enough m...

October 14, 2015


For those people filing for disability due to mental impairments, a common phrase they may hear is "GAF score". So what is a GAF score and what is it used for?


GAF stands for Global Assessment of Functioning and a GAF score is a way for therapists to characterize a pe...

October 12, 2015

I have spoken to many clients who call me very concerned about a letter they got from Social Security. The letter is telling them Social Security set up an appointment for them to see a doctor. Unfortunately, claimants often have a serious mistrust of Social Security a...

October 10, 2015

When most people think about court or a hearing, their mind immediately pictures a Law & Order episode: massive courtroom, dozens of people watching, and plenty of lawyers yelling at each other and witnesses. Thankfully, a Social Security Disability hearing is nothing...

October 8, 2015

I have had a couple conversations in the last few weeks with people who cannot work, but do not qualify for Social Security Disability. This is a very difficult concept to understand, and even more difficult to accept. As I have said before, there are two different kin...

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