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Coping with Disabilities after a Car Accident

Written on March 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm, by

Spinal Injuries from Car Accidents Some people suffer permanent injuries as a result of a car accident or other incident.  Money from a personal injury claim is good, but it does not fix the change of life for these people.  Ryan “Gooch” Nelson is one of these people.  He suffered a spinal injury from a  Continue Reading »

SSA Announces New Fraud Prevention Unit

Written on April 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm, by

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced a new fraud prevention program.  This is likely in response to several claims of fraud in this government program.  The 106 fraud indictments of the retired police and firefighters in New York for fraud of the Social Security Administration (click Here for the story), the alleged collusion of  a Kentucky  Continue Reading »

New Expedited Social Security Process for Veterans

Written on March 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm, by

  Expedited SSA Process for Permanently and Totally Disabled Veterans The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced they would launch a new expedited process for disability claims filed by veterans with a 100% Veteran’s Administration rating for Permanent and Total disability.  This is good news for veterans seeking these benefits. If a veteran is receiving service connected disability  Continue Reading »

Processes for Complaining about Judges

Written on March 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm, by

Social Security Ruling 13-1 On January 31, 2013, the Social Security Administration issued SSR 13-1.   This Ruling clarifies the three processes the Social Security Administration has for addressing allegations of unfairness, prejudice, partiality, bias, misconduct or discrimination by an Administrative Law Judge. A claimant who alleges an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) was unfair in a hearing can  Continue Reading »

New Diabetes Medication

Written on January 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm, by

Some of my clients suffer from Type II Diabetes.  This condition brings about a variety of symptoms and limitations.  Some problems associated with diabetes include diabetic retinopathy (eye problems), nerve pain (usually into the hands and/or feet), and lesions.  Fatigue is usually associated with this condition as well.   People experience varying degrees of these symptoms  Continue Reading »

North Carolina disability statistics

Written on April 18, 2013 at 12:34 am, by

Definitions of Disability There are different definitions of disability.  For Social Security Disability, disability is defined as the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity.  For workers’ compensation in North Carolina, disability is defined as “incapacity because of injury to earn the wages which the employee was receiving at the time of injury in the  Continue Reading »

Social Security Disability Processing Times

Written on March 12, 2013 at 12:53 am, by

ODAR Processing Times A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge is the second appeal in the Social Security Disability appeal process.  At a hearing, you appear in-person before an Administrative Law Judge or by video teleconference. In North Carolina, there are hearing offices, called ODARs (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review), in Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte,  Continue Reading »

Social Security Disability Case Processing Times

Written on March 8, 2013 at 2:15 am, by

Social Security Hearing Office Processing Times A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge is the second appeal in the Social Security Disability appeal process.  At a hearing, you appear in-person before an Administrative Law Judge or by video teleconference. In North Carolina, there are hearing offices, called ODARs (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review), in Raleigh,  Continue Reading »

Social Security Disability and Long Term Disability Insurance: Good and Bad

Written on January 24, 2013 at 2:22 am, by

You suffer a physical injury.  You are out of work.  You live paycheck to paycheck so you decide to return to work.  However, you find you cannot continue.  You have long term disability coverage.  You apply and you start receiving benefits. Great!  The insurance company tells you that you must apply for Social Security disability  Continue Reading »

Social Security Disability – Myth

Written on January 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm, by

Myth – I can work and still get Social Security disability benefits as long as I do not earn over the SGA limit This is only partially true.  Substantial gainful activity (SGA) is defined as full-time work.  The Social Security Administration determines whether a claimant is engaged in substantial gainful activity by earnings.  The SSA  Continue Reading »