Parmele Law Firm: How Your Doctor Affects Your Disability Case

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Parmele Law Firm: How to Talk to Your Doctor By Kathleen Overton, Attorney, PLF When clients come Parmele Law Firm in Liberty, Missouri, we ask that they list their impairments and their medications. But, when talking to them, we try to emphasize that the Social Security Administration is not concerned with simply their diagnosis. Sure, having a diagnosed impairment from … Read More

Social Security Disability Hearing: What is a Vocational Expert?

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Vocational Expert Testimony in Social Security Disability Hearings A vocational expert (VE) is an individual called by the Social Security Administration to testify as an impartial witness at your social security disability hearing. The VE at the hearing typically serves a few different functions at your hearing, including: Classifying your past work Identifying skills that are typically acquired in the … Read More

Social Security Disability: New Listings for Intellectual Disorders

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SSA recently updated their mental health listings to include changes to how certain listings are addressed and the addition of brand new listings for mental health impairments that had previously been considered under different categories. One of the changes to the listings is the way in which SSA evaluates claims that include intellectual disability. Listing 12.05 covers intellectual disability. Where … Read More

Social Security Disability Hearings before the SSA

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Waiting for a Social Security disability hearing before the Social Security Administration can take anywhere from 18-24 months after you file your application and appeal(s).  As the wait time for a disability hearing is extended and long, it is to your advantage to hire an experienced and qualified Social Security disability attorney from Parmele Law Firm to represent you at … Read More

Social Security Disability for Congenital Heart Disease

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Symptomatic congenital heart disease can be a very limiting and disabling impairment. A person with this condition, with the right documentation, can qualify for Social Security disability benefits under Social Security disability regulations. Unfortunately, a lot of people think the diagnosis alone will qualify them for Social Security disability benefits. Most medical conditions require more than just the diagnosis to … Read More

Why Shouldn’t I File for Social Security Disability?

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  Approximately 70% of people that file for Social Security disability lose.  This statistic is for all levels of review.  Statistically, that means that an individual has a higher chance of losing than winning.  Obviously, this is a general statistic and the facts of a claim—like age, education, medical impairment—can result in a higher or lower statistical chance of success. … Read More

The Importance of Your Social Security Disability Hearing

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Medical records are essential for a Social Security disability claim. The importance of your treatment history, what you tell your doctors, and what your doctors say about your condition cannot be understated. But, this does not mean that the hearing is a waste of time. The Social Security disability hearing serves a number of helpful purposes: Brings the records to … Read More

The Standard for Social Security Disability

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How the Administration Evaluates Conditions for Social Security Disability Benefits By Andrew DeLaMare Attorney, PLF When an individual decides to file for Social Security disability benefits, it is important to understand what Social Security evaluates in determining whether the individual is disabled or not.  For many, the decision to file for disability benefits comes when the individual was no longer … Read More