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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Have you ever wondered how the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) figures out whether or not there are any jobs that you could do given your impairments? The answer is that the ALJ relies on the testimony of an expert witness at the disability hearing to give him (or her) the information he needs to make […]

It is very common for anyone who has to testify at a Social Security Disability administrative hearing to be nervous. The idea of testifying before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) can be frightening. Especially when what is at stake is so important (needed benefits). That’s why having experienced and knowledgeable disability counsel with you before […]