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Jonathan Ginsberg is a colleague and fellow-social security disability lawyer based in Atlanta Georgia who has a national reputation as a social security disability expert.  I had the good fortune to catch-up with Jonathan this month, and his valuable advice and opinions are important for all social security disability claimants, whether in Atlanta, Dallas, or any other part of the US.  Here is the text of our conversation: Stanley Denman: What are the biggest mistakes…
Administrative Law Judge hearings now routinely include a Vocational Expert (VE).   The “Notice of Hearing” letter  sent to disability claimants includes a copy of the letter to the VE requesting their presence to testify.  Social security  disability claimants are often, and understandably, confused about this “vocational expert”.   Many are unsettled by the prospect of someone associated with the government testifying in their disability hearing. Some questions that I often hear from social security disability claimants…
Administrative Law Judge hearings now routinely include a Vocational Expert (VE).   The “Notice of Hearing” letter  sent to disability claimants includes a copy of the letter to the VE requesting their presence to testify.  Social security  disability claimants are often, and understandably, confused about this “vocational expert”.   Many are unsettled by the prospect of someone […] The post “Why is there a Vocational Expert in My Disability Hearing?” appeared first on Denman Law Office.…
Administrative Law Judge hearings now routinely include a Vocational Expert (VE).   The “Notice of Hearing” letter  sent to disability claimants includes a copy of the letter to the VE requesting their presence to testify.  Social security  disability claimants are often, and understandably, confused about this “vocational expert”.   Many are unsettled by the prospect of someone […] The post “Why is there a Vocational Expert in My Disability Hearing?” appeared first on Denman Law Office.…
1. You should not file for social security disability just because the “experts” tell you to. It can be one of the hardest decisions in life.  A physical or mental illness is limiting your life, including the ability to work and make a living.  Many eventually come to ask these questions: “Should I file a […] The post Top 10 Social Security Disability Truths a Disability Lawyer or Representative Might Not Tell You appeared first…
STEP 1:Start with reality: your doctor does not want to get involved. Your doctor’s opinion on your ability to function in a work-like setting is very important, though it is not required.  But unfortunately most doctors do not want to get involved in helping you win your social security disability benefits.  Its not that they are bad people.  Doctors want to heal, and supporting a disability claim is an admission that they have failed.  Moreover,…
It can be one of the hardest decisions in life.  A physical or mental illness is limiting your life, including the ability to work and make a living.  Many eventually come to ask these questions: “Should I file a claim for social security disability?” “Will I qualify for social security disability?” These can feel like very difficult questions to answer.  No one plans for or expects illness or injury in life that effects their ability…
The Administrative Law Judge hearing is the most important event in a social security disability case.  It’s not an interview, it’s not a deposition, it’s not a preliminary hearing.  The hearing before an administrative law judge is the point in the disability claim where you have the best chances of winning.  If a claim is denied at the ALJ hearing, the chances for success plummet.  For the social security disability claimant in Texas and throughout…
In the last 25 years of handling only social security disability in Dallas Texas, I have seen the waiting time for the Administrative Law Judge hearing go up, and go down. But it has never gone down to anything close to an acceptable level.  Clients asking me all the time” “Why does it take so long to get a hearing”?  (Attorney Nick Ortiz has written a very good article on the subject as well)