Can You Turn Down Social Security’s Request for a Video Hearing?

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Over the past several years, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has made use of video teleconference (“VTC”) to reduce the backlog of disability hearings for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claimants. The Pros and Cons. The SSA likes using VTC hearings because it is faster and cuts down on the costs they must pay Administrative Law Judges … Read More

2 Reasons Why You Probably Don’t Want a Video Hearing.

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Since 2010 and 2011, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has attempted to reduce the backlog of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) cases by allowing Administrative Law Judges (“ALJ”) to conduct disability appeal hearings by way of video teleconference (“VTC”). Video Hearings. The idea behind the move was that it would allow ALJs to conduct more hearings, thereby … 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

Is it a Good Thing or a Bad Thing When the ALJ Does Not Ask the Vocational Expert any Questions at Your Disability Hearing?

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One of the things that generally happens at a Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) hearing, is that the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) will ask the Vocational Expert (“VE”) a number of questions designed to find out whether you can do your past relevant work or any “other” work. So what does it mean if the ALJ at … Read More

How to Testify at a Social Security Disability Hearing

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Tips for Testifying at Your Social Security Disability Hearing By Aujsha Willoughby Attorney, Parmele Law Firm, P.C. One of the most common fears amongst claimants in Social Security Disability cases is testifying at the hearing. This fear can arrive from many different factors such as anxiety, stress or even the thought of saying the wrong thing.  As disability attorneys, we … Read More

Disability Attorney: Who is the Vocational Expert?

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Disability Attorney: Who is the Vocational Expert? By Aujsha Willoughby, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. The vocational expert “VE” is an expert witness that the Social Security Administration uses to testify at a Social Security disability hearing. The VE is familiar with employment duties and how an employer would accommodate persons with various mental or physical limitations. The VE is … Read More

A Disability Attorney on Proving You Can’t Work

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By Andrew DeLaMare, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. The decision to file for Social Security disability benefits is never an easy one as the process can be long, complicated, frustrating and emotional as you wait for an answer as to whether you will be found disabled or not. When someone decides to file for disability benefits, it is because they … Read More

Common Obstacles of a Social Security Disability Claim

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By Kelsey Young, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. Many social security disability claimants have difficulty overcoming the most obvious obstacles of a social security disability claim, such as the inability to get regular treatment due to a lack of insurance or other financial resources. Obtaining treatment while a person is not working is no easy feat. However, merely seeing doctors … Read More

Credibility Factors at a Social Security Disability Hearing with an Administrative Law Judge

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By Mike Wolter, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. If your social security disability case is denied at the initial application level and you appeal, your case will end up being set for a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge or “ALJ”.  An ALJ’s job is to look at all the medical evidence in the social security disability case, listen to … Read More

Social Security Disability Claims: The Words We Use

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By James Pavisian, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. Most social security disability claims revolve around medical impairments with symptoms that wax and wane. For example, near half of all social security disability applications revolve around pain.  The intensity of pain an individual suffers is rarely the same.  In most claims, the individual will have good and bad days. The same holds … Read More