Did you know that there is an active trade in law firms seeking out representatives to go to their Social Security disability hearings? It’s a little thing called coverage.
Coverage means getting someone (often as the last minute) to “cover” a hearing for you. Now, covering a legal proceeding is nothing new. Lawyers get sick, they get double booked. Often they need someone to cover for them at a small matter.
There are 3 differences in how coverages works in Social Security disability cases: Continue reading Coverage: the dirty secret of Social Security disability
Here is what is happening today: Social Security is denying more and more cases. Since a Social Security disability lawyer only get paid if the case is won, the increasing denial rate is making lawyers look to other areas to pay the rent and keep the lights on.
Any time you want to kill something, make sure no one can make any money doing it.
The happened previously with VA benefits. Fees for representatives used to limited by a Civil Way era law. Talk about having no Cost of Living Adjustment! The upshot was, finding a lawyer to help with a VA matter was rarer than hen’s teeth.
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Continue reading Can you get a good Social Security disability lawyer?
Colorado used to have a nice simple formula for the maximum (reasonable) charge for medical records. $14 for the first 10 pages, $0.50 for pages 11 through 40 and $0.33 for every page after that. It was a bit more for patient representatives, but on the whole you knew what you could expect. It kept the lid on offices that wanted to charge you an exorbitant fee for a “records review” before releasing records. Or copiers that wanted to change $1 a page just to copy records. Well, now that’s all gone. Continue reading Colorado medical record charges
I was recently asked how long it takes to get a Social Security decision when the judge sends you to a post hearing medical examination (also known as a consultative examination).
In cases where there is no post-hearing consultative examination, I normally estimate it may take 30 to 90 days to get a decision. A post-hearing consultative examination can mean a longer wait to get a hearing decision. Here are my estimates from the day of the hearing: Continue reading An exam AFTER your Social Security hearing – EXPLAINED!
This is the best video I have ever seen on Social Anxiety Disorder. If you have friends or family members who have trouble understanding what is feels like to be under the spotlight, and unable to be around people, ask them to watch this video. Continue reading Understanding Social Anxiety Disorder
If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits, it is because you have run out of other options. You may have tried doing lighter work, or changing careers, or even tried going back to school. However, you find that you are still not able to work. You don’t want to apply for Social Security disability benefits. You don’t want to deal with the bureaucracy, the forms, and waiting for more than a year for your disability benefits. But, you do not have a choice! And since you paid into Social Security your entire working life, it should be there for you when you need it?
Here are some tips to improve your chances of getting approved for Social Security disability benefits. Continue reading Winning Social Security Disability Benefits
Can you add Social Security disability benefits to your Social Security retirement benefits? What about if you are already disabled and are approaching retirement age. Will you still receive Social Security disability benefits?
Continue reading Can you get both Social Security disability and retirement benefits?
Many aging parents take care of their disabled children well into adulthood. These children often have little or no earnings which means they may not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (Title 2 benefits) on their own earnings. When they apply for Social Security disability, they are told they have not worked long enough (or do not have enough “quarters”) to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Continue reading Helping a disabled adult child with Social Security benefits
Kidney disease & renal failure often qualifies individuals for Social Security disability benefits. The fatigue, dialysis, and memory issues can make any kind of work nearly impossible! One of the fastest ways to be approved for Social Security disability benefits for kidney disease is if your condition meets the requirements of Listing 6.00 for Genitourinary Impairments (information about children’s disability for kidney diseases is available at Listing 106). Adult impairment of renal function is discussed at 6.02. Here is what you need to know:
Continue reading Social Security Disability for Kidney Disease
How long you have to wait to get your Social Security disability hearing is one of the most common questions I receive in my Colorado disability law office. Each disability representative has his or her own experience with the wait times. However, you do not have to rely on knowing a disability lawyer to get the Social Security hearing wait times. You can use the same information attorneys use! Continue reading Wait Times for Social Security Disability Hearings