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 Cost for medial records in Colorado literally LIMITLESS
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 What happens if Social Security sets an exam after your hearing
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?
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:
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
This week, Disability Tips looks at the stages and appeals in Social Security disability cases: application, reconsideration, hearing, appeals council and beyond! We also discuss:
- How long do Social Security cases take at each stage?.
- What are your chances of winning Social Security disability benefits at each state / What percentage of Social Security disability cases get approved.
- When to request medical records for your Social Security disability case.
- Why medical records at hearings are often a year or more out of date.
- When to get a Social Security disability limitations form completed by your doctor.
- How long you have to appeal a Social Security disability denial.
- Which states skip the Reconsideration step and go straight to a hearing.
- When to expect Social Security to send you to a consultative examination.
- What happens at a Social Security hearing.
- How the Appeals Council stage is different from everything that has happened before on your case. (Note: here is more information you need to know about the Appeals Council).
Give it a listen: Continue reading Stages in a Social Security disability case EXPLAINED!
I’m getting ready for the NADR national Social Security disability representative conference where I will be co-presenting a Social Security disability basics course. I have also been working on updating the FAQ (frequently asked questions) page and moving it over from the firm site to this site. The FAQ is changing its name to “Questions and Answers.” You can see it in the title bar above. One of the new features is the ability to suggest a question. Take a look and suggest a question.
This week’s Disability Tips goes in depth on several of the “am I disabled” questions that frequently come up:
- I’m hurt, can I get Social Security disability benefits to go back to school?
- I can’t get hired. Am I disabled?
- I can’t do my old job. Am I disabled?
- I can’t do my regular well paid job. Am I disabled if I can only do a minimum wage job?
- I can’t get hired because of my criminal record. Am I disabled?
I hope you like it! Continue reading Can I Get Social Security Disability if I have …