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Social Security Benefits for children

Social Security Disability Benefits for Children

Are there really benefits for children available through Social Security? Social Security. Most Americans associate those two words with the elderly or with disabled adults.  What few think of are benefits for children.  Yet, the unfortunate reality is that millions of children have disabilities and millions more have parents with life altering disabilities.  The good […]

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Social media and disability

Disability Claim and Your Social Media Profile

Can Social Media Hurt Your Disability Claim Your disability claim can be seriously impacted by your social media presence. Recent statistics show that approximately 57% of all adults in the United States are Facebook users.  Reasons cited for using the platform range from a desire to keep up with friends to getting feedback on posted content. […]

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Social security benefits judges

Social Security Benefits and Disability Judges Under Attack

Why are Social Security Benefits Becoming so Difficult to Get? The Social Security benefits attorneys at the Rocky Mountain Disability Law Group came across an interesting article this week.  The Washington Times reported that “House Republicans signaled this week they will pressure the Social Security Administration to crack down on administrative law judges who appear […]

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Social Security lawyers

I’m Confused: Social Security vs. Survivor Benefits vs. Disability vs. SSI

Which Social Security Benefit Is Right For You? You’ve heard of Social Security. You’ve heard of Disability. You’ve heard of Social Security Disability. You’ve heard of Supplemental Security Income. Your head is spinning. Are they different words for the same concept? Are they all different? Do you apply? Is the system doomed? The last question […]

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Prior Claim Social Security

Can I Appeal the Social Security ALJ’s Decision Not to Reopen a Prior Claim?

Applying the Doctrine of Res Judicata in Reopening a Social Security Prior Claim I have on a small number of occasions been faced with the doctrine of Res Judicata and Administrative Finality in dealing with the question of whether I could reopen a prior claim.  It is fairly common knowledge that an ALJ has discretion to reopen a prior […]

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failure to follow prescribed treatment-SSDI claim

Failure to Follow Prescribed Treatment-Social Security Appeal

What happens to my Social Security appeal if you fail to follow prescribed treatment? Social Security Ruling 82-59 As a Social Security disability attorney, I find myself faced with instances when an ALJ denies my client disability benefits after a hearing, because he or she found that the claimant failed to follow prescribed treatment.  In […]

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transferable skills

Social Security-Transferable Skills

Social Security Disability Five Step Sequential Evaluation-Transferable Skills If you are over (or nearly over) age 50 and cannot do your past work, the judge may need to determine whether you developed transferable skills while working that would transfer to other jobs. To make this determination, the judge will seek the help of an expert […]

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Past relevant work

ALJ cannot consider past relevant work performed under special conditions

The ALJ erred in returning claimant to past relevant work performed under special conditions. “When the SSA determines whether an individual is disabled for SSDI purposes, it does not take the possibility of ‘reasonable accommodation’ into account, nor need an applicant refer to the possibility of reasonable accommodation when she applies for SSDI. See Memorandum […]

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