Reasons to Hire a Disability Attorney

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Why Hire a Disability Attorney? By Aujsha Willoughby, Attorney, PLF Applying for Social Security disability benefits is a legal process that can become very complicated because of the significant amount of agency rules and regulations involved.  Therefore, receiving help from disability attorney can make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful case.  Having a disability attorney who is familiar … 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

Obtaining Medical Records for Social Security Disability Claims

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Social Security Disability Claims Rely on Medical Records By Kathleen Overton Attorney, PLF Medical records are vital to a Social Security disability claim. Not only do they document each impairment, but they help the Social Security Administration formulate limitations used to determine whether the claimant is disabled. Perhaps equally important is ensuring that the agency has a complete medical record … Read More

Why Are There Inconsistencies in Social Security Disability Determinations?

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Inconsistencies in Social Security Disability Determinations By James Pavisian Attorney, PLF Once a year, I attend a half-week long conference for Social Security disability attorneys and non-attorney representatives. One or more of the speakers will, undoubtedly, joke about an interaction with a client who demanded to know why they have to wait for their benefits while their neighbor—who works full-time, … Read More

Can I apply for Social Security Disability Without Health Insurance?

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Social Security Disability: Getting Medical Treatment without Health By Felicia Von Holten Mitchell Attorney, PLF To support a favorable ruling for a Social Security disability claim, there has to be medical evidence establishing disabling impairments. Without that medical evidence it is difficult to be successful. The Social Security Administration looks for consistent and frequent medical treatment.  One of the biggest … Read More

Social Security Disability Claims: Application Stages

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Stages of a Social Security Disability Claim By Ashley Baine Attorney, PLF A Social Security disability claim starts with an application at your local Social Security office or online at the Social Security website. At the application stage, Social Security will request records of all the places the person has received treatment. They will usually go back at least a … Read More

What Happens if a Social Security Disability Claimant Passes Away?

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When a Social Security Disability Claimant Passes Away During the Disability Process By: Nikki D. Evans Attorney, PLF As social security disability attorneys, we understand that many of our clients are dealing with severe, and sometimes life-threatening, medical conditions. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the social security disability process and the length of time it can take for a … Read More

Social Security Disability Benefits for Widows

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Widow’s Social Security Disability Benefits By Kathleen Overton Attorney, PLF There are two types of social security disability benefits: Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income. Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) is dependent on a social security disability claimant’s work record. That is, you must have worked a sufficient number of quarters in order to be sufficiently covered to receive DIB. … Read More

Choosing an Onset Date for Social Security Disability

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Choosing an Onset Date for Social Security Disability By Mike Wolter, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. When you begin your application for Social Security disability benefits, one of the questions you will be asked is “when did your disability begin?” Many people think this question is asking them when their condition was diagnosed. For example, assume someone (let’s call him … Read More