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In no particular order, here are the top five “case-killing” responses to the question that all Administrative Law Judge’s will ask: “Why can’t you work?” 1. “I can’t find a job. No one will hire me with my medical background” The ALJ wants to know why you think you can’t work. Anyone hearing this answer will immediately assume that the problem is not the inability to work but rather the inability to find a job. …
Social Media and Social Security Disability Benefits Social media is now an all-present phenomenon.  But it is a relatively new to most of our lives, particularly those over 50 years of age. Our Facebook pages often fail to present a true picture of our lives.  Social science researches have called this phenomenon – when ones Facebook image substantially deviates from their true image – the “false Facebook-self.”  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4330900/. Bob Deutsch, a Cognitive Anthropologist,…
1. SSDI is not a short term solution for an ‘acute’ crisis: its a long term solution for a chronic medical condition This is perhaps the most common misunderstanding I have seen in my 25+ years of social security disability representation in Dallas Fort Worth. The sad fact is most Americans live on the financial edge. According to a 2016 GOBankingRates survey, 35 percent of all adults in the U.S. have only several hundred
Social Security Disability Benefits are widely misunderstood.  This is certainly no surprise, as few Americans consider the possibility of becoming disabled and unable to work. But when the unfortunate happens friends, doctors and other professionals often suggest filing a claim for social security disability insurance benefits. Pursuing the path toward disability, however, raises a plethora of questions: what does it take to qualify for social security disability? Can I still work?  Can I get a…
Receipt of an unfavorable administrative law judge decision can be a devastating blow.  In Texas, and in most states, the wait just for an ALJ hearing is about 12 months.  The ALJ hearing is the most important stage of a disability case and it represents the best chances of victory in the claim. Claimants are typically and justifiably upset, sad, mad and angry when they lose at the hearing.  In reading their heart breaking “Unfavorable”…
It has been years of waiting and not being able to work.  You filed your claim for social security disability and provided the supporting documentation of your claim, yet social security continued to turn you down.  It took over a year just to get a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.  But at long last there it is – a decision in the mail, and the decision is an approval! Over the past 25 years…
Securing social security disability benefits in Texas can feel like running a gauntlet, at a time in most disabled Texans’ lives where they have minimal energy for the task.  The last step in social security disability appeals is the US Federal Court.    A disability claimant has the right to file in Federal District Court within 60 days of receiving a denial from the Appeals Council.  Claimants have typically waited up to a year at…
Most Texans with a social security disability claim are in a world of financial hurt.  Many had been the primary if not sole family income source, or at the least a vital income for the family unit.  Many turn to unemployment benefits, but how does drawing unemployment benefits effect  a claim for Social Security disability benefits in Texas? To qualify for unemployment benefits in the state of Texas one must make the following sworn statements:…
Folks in Texas and throughout the nation that are applying for social security disability benefits have a load of stress to deal with.  Government deadlines in the disability application process can add to that stress level.  Hiring an experienced, local social security disability lawyer can aleviate this worry: your attorney is responsible for making sure deadlines in your case are met.  For many, however, government demands – for example, that a form be completed and…