Does it Matter Which ALJ Hears Your Disability Case?

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If your Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claim has been denied, you may want to hire counsel and proceed to hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). If that happens and you take your case to hearing, does it matter to your case which ALJ you get? It may. Social Security Rules and Regulations. As you probably … Read More

Do I Have to Have a Witness for My Disability Hearing?

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If your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) has been denied by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) your best chance for turning that decision around is by hiring counsel and going to a disability hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). What evidence you present at your hearing to make your case is very important. So … Read More

ALJs Have Been Banned From Using the Internet to Research Disability Claimants, But Does That Mean You Don’t Have To Worry About Your Online Presence?

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Until the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) recent ban, Administrative Law Judges (“ALJ”) deciding disability case would use the internet to see if claimants were posting pictures of themselves that showed they were not really disabled. But now the SSA has banned ALJs from doing that. So does that mean that you no longer have to worry about what you post … Read More

How a Vocational Expert Determines Jobs You Can Do.

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Many people who apply for Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) will end up appealing the denial of their claim by way of an administrative hearing. At your hearing there will be a Vocational Expert (“VE”). The VE is an expert in jobs and employment duties. His or her role at the … Read More

The 5 Step Sequential Analysis of Disability Benefits Explained.

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Some people may think that it’s just a matter of luck whether or not the Social Security Agency (“SSA”) awards you Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Not so. When it comes to evaluating SSDI claims, the law requires the SSA to address specific issues in a specific order. This is what is known as the SSA’s “5-step … Read More

The Vocational Expert Said I Can Do a Job I’ve Never Even Heard Of Before. What is That all About?

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Some things (in fact, lots of things) about Social Security Disability Insurance  (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) disability hearings are confusing. Among them is the fact that the Vocational Expert (“VE”) at your hearing may testify about jobs that you have never done before and may not even exist where you live. This very often leaves clients wondering what is going … Read More

Why Did the ALJ ask the Vocational Expert a Bunch of Hypothetical Questions at Your Disability Hearing?

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If your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is denied and you proceed to an administrative hearing, you may not understand why the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) asks the Vocational Expert a series of hypothetical questions at the hearing. Let’s see what it’s all about. The Administrative Hearing. The  purpose of the administrative hearing is … Read More

The 3 Flavors of Administrative Law Judge Decisions.

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Most people who submit a claim to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) will have their claim denied. When a claim is denied (initially or after reconsideration) the best thing you can do to improve your chances of being awarded disability benefits, is to request an administrative hearing. Administrative Hearings. Disability … Read More

What You Need To Know About the New Social Security Disability Regulations on Evidence and Hearings Before the Administrative Law Judge.

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When it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits, there are innumerable rules and regulations. And they are constantly changing. That is why, if you are applying for benefits or want to appeal a denial of benefits, it is best to hire experienced and knowledgeable disability counsel. The Social Security Administration’s Changes to Rules Governing Evidence at Hearings. In … Read More

Here are 4 Questions the Administrative Law Judge May Ask You at Your Hearing

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If you are facing an administrative hearing because you have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits, you will need to prepare yourself for  your hearing. To give yourself the best possible chance of presenting yourself and your case well, and to significantly increase your chances of being awarded benefits, we suggest that you hire experienced disability counsel. Statistically, … Read More