Keep Notes of Phone Conversations with the Social Security Disability Office (SSD) Part 1

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Keep notes of phone conversation with the Social Security Disability Office. When talking to a Social Security Disability representative about your claim. To cut your chances of giving the wrong information. It will be a good idea to ask to speak to a Claims Representative. Rather than a Customer Service Representative. When you call the SSD a Customer Service Representative answered. But Customer Service Representatives doesn’t actually handle cases like an experienced Claims Representative.

Once you talk to a Social Security Disability Representative get their name. From the person that gave you the answers to your questions. Always call at least twice more to confirm you’re given the correct information.  Yet, it’s not uncommon to get the wrong information, partial information, or information does not quite fit your situation. Always keep notes of phone conversations with Social Security Disability Office.

When applying for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The application and evaluation procedures can be complex, complicate and intensive paperwork.  However, it’s acceptable that misunderstandings, miscommunication, and confusion can sneak into the process of information gathering.  Despite your best intentions and the Social Security Disability Representative, you talk with.

To cut your chances of giving the wrong information. It will be a good idea to ask to speak to a Claims Representative. Rather than a Customer Service Representative. When you call the SSD a Customer Service Representative answered. But Customer Service Representatives doesn’t actually handle cases like an experienced Claims Representative.

Notes of Phone Conversations with the Social Security Disability Office

When speaking to the Social Security Representatives, always write down the names. And their titles of the people. Buy a notebook to write down telephone numbers and extensions you call. Get the information in writing from the representative who answers your question. By either on paper or email. Finally, do not ask one person, ask several.

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Social Security Disability List of Impairments Blue Book

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Social Security Disability List of Impairments Blue Book is the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) listing of disabling impairments. The Blue Book’s title is officially called “Disability Evaluation under Social Security”. However, the Blue Book provides lists of criteria that claimants who are suffering from disabling condition to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits.

A lot of claimants get their Social Security Disability (SSD) claims denied. Due to not getting all their medical records to prove their disability. Or extra documents and information to help them get approved for their SSD benefits.  Here are some tips below. 

After you find your impairment in the SSD Blue book.  Then Print out a copy of your impairment or impairments. From the Social Security Disability Blue Book online. Make sure you submit the documents to SSD and your attorney. Please go to https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm

Social Security Disability List of Impairments Blue Book

  1. Google your impairment or impairments to get information. If your impairment has a foundation then print out the information.
  2. You should get any medical test pictures. For example Echocardiography, Complete Blood Count (CBC), Colonoscopy, Prothrombin Time (PT), Bone Density Study Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computer Axial Tomography (CT or CAT Scan), MRI, X-rays, and Mammography.  A mammogram is a special type of X-ray of the breasts, etc.
  3. Get a family and friends a write a letter about your disability how it affects you on the daily basis. Also, have them get it notarized.
  4. Write a statement about your daily activities. For example your pain levels, grocery shopping, laundry, house cleaning, bathing, getting dress. How you prepare meals and running errands. Name the family or friends who help you in your daily activities.

When fighting your Social Security Disability case, it is a lot of work. It is very stressful and challenging but you must work on your case to prove your disability.

If you do not have a computer at home, go to your local library and do your impairment research. The library may charge a small fee for each page print out. If you do not have the money, then use a family or friend computer. It is very important to do extensive research about your impairment or impairments. But remember you increase your chances of getting your SSD case approved.

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The New Security Enhancement to Protect Your Privacy

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The new security enhancement to protect your privacy and personal information. When you enroll in the new security feature, you see an image and a phrase that can help you identify that you are on the Social Security Administration website, which is not a fraudulent look-alike site. The second feature added is a safety by identity who you are to prevent unauthorized access to your “my Social Security” account.
When you visit a Social Security Office in person, we can identify you. Just like you can identify us. By adding the Security Image and Phrase, now you are able to identify us over the Internet. When you enroll in our new security feature, will allow you to select an image and phrase known only to you.

June 10, 2017

On June 10, 2017, Social Security has strengthened the way they protect their client’s privacy. For “my Social Security” users. However, Social Security Administration has added a new identification method. That has two first layer of security is the username and password. Yet, adding these new security enhancements is to protect your privacy and measures feature to safeguard your information? But at the same time making it easy to use a vital part of keeping your information safe and secure.

However, you can check the status of your Social Security Disability claim through “my Social Security” website. But it will allow you to check the amount of retirement, disability monthly payments, and yearly earnings. Yet, “my Social Security” will date back to your first job you ever worked. The Social Security Administration will mail out a statement once a year if requested. However, by telephone or “my Social Security” website.

The New Security Enhancement to Protect Your Privacy

Each time a Social Security client signs into their account, they complete two steps. Click on https://www.ssa.gov/ to sign up or sign in.

Step 1: Enter your username and password.

Step 2: Enter the security code. Then you will receive a text message or email. Depending on your choice (cell phone provider text message and data rates may apply).

Also, these security enhancements have upgraded “my Social Security.”  To create an enhanced customer experience.  By using “my Social Security” portal will automatically adjust the screen size for a computer, a smartphone or a tablet.  No matter what type of device you use it easy-to-use and access your personal “my Social Security” account.

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How to Switch Your Social Security Disability Lawyer?

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How to switch your social security disability lawyer. First, you should consider where you are in the disability process. Because when you hired your attorney, you signed a fee agreement for 25% or up to $6,000 from your disability back payments award to you.

If you are thinking about switching your disability lawyer. Then you should remember that you signed a binding agreement. That includes expenses that you may have to pay. Whether you win your Social Security Disability (SSD) case or lose. How to switch your Social Security Disability lawyer.

This is the reason why you should always read over any fee agreement before signing. But, it does not mean that you are unable to change your SSD lawyer or disability representative. Yet it means that you may have to pay out of pocket for incidental expenses and hours spent working your SSD case. If you agreed to pay fees in the fee agreement you signed.

How Do You Switch Your Disability Lawyer?

Yet, if you determine you are going to switch SSD lawyers or representatives. Mail a letter to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and your current SSD lawyer. Stating you no longer need them to represent your SSD case. Also, a request from your a current lawyer a letter of withdrawal from your SSD case to the SSA.

Then your new disability lawyer can send your documents and a newly signed fee agreement to SSA. It will go smooth to switch to your new disability lawyer. But, it will not prevent your initial lawyer from informing SSA part of the fee in your disability case. Also, that you refuse to pay and sign a withdrawal letter.

Will not prevent your initial disability lawyer from getting the expenses and fees. That you agreed to pay by signing the fee agreement. For example, fees may include postage stamps, phone calls, travel, and medical records. Or any other expense your initial disability lawyer entitled to. Also, you are responsible for any expenses you agree to pay your new disability lawyer. After you signed your new lawyer fee agreement.

Disability claimants can switch their disability lawyers with very little trouble. But most disability lawyers will sign a disability withdrawal letters. Once the clients agreed to pay expenses. Some disability lawyers and representatives can refuse to sign a withdrawal letters. They can petition a disability fee should your claim approved for disability benefits. If a disability lawyer or representative refuses to withdraw from your disability case. It will be difficult to switch to a new disability lawyer.  Many lawyers do not want to involve themselves in contesting disability fee petition cases.

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Getting Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits Just Got a Lot Harder! Part 2

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SSD Benefits just got a lot harder for people to prove they’re entitlement to disability benefits. The new rule gives significant weight to a physician’s report supporting an applicant’s claim for benefits.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Unfortunately, you may spend years trying to secure your Veterans Administration (VA) benefits. But it will not impact the outcome of your Social Security Disability (SSD). In spite of the fact, both Social Security Administration (SSA) and VA are Federal Agencies.  That’s why Social Security Disability Benefits just got a lot harder.

Yet, not all changes to the rules promise to the claimant. SSA will now consider optometrists as acceptable medical sources. Also, physician’s assistants, audiologist, and advanced practice registered nurses. Before medical evidence not considered to prove your SSD case. But SSA will not consider social workers, registered nurses. Or chiropractors to be acceptable medical sources.

Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits Just got a Lot Harder!

SSA will no longer allow you to submit medical evidence. Or statements more than five business days before an SSD appeal hearing. Unless it is a good cause exists. This new rule went in effect since May 1, 2017. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is being quite reasonable with this new standard. It is unprofessional to bombard with medical documents to review in a few days. Before an SSD appeal hearing. SSA has made this law, I have a problem with this. Claimants should be able to submit medical evidence at any time. Because they may get approved for disability benefits without an appeal hearing. Yet there are other ways to submit medical documents for your SSD case to get reviewed for a decision. Without an SSD appeal scheduled court date hearing. The steps are in eBook “The Practical Guide to Social Security Disability Benefits.”

Do not stress because Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has been accommodating. About important medical treatment or emergency medical treatment that occurred within this five-day-window. ALJ will keep medical records open for a major medical procedure or diagnostic study. After the hearing takes place.

The new SSA regulations will be the last changes affecting Social Security disability. For right now. But President Trump’s proposal is to cut 70 billion dollars from SSD program in the next decade. Trump about guarantees it.

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Getting Social Security Disability Benefits Just Got a Lot Harder! Part 1

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The bad news is the Social Security Administration (SSA) has made some changes. In getting Social Security Disability just got a lot harder. To meet their definition of disability. But, not all changes are negative SSA has made. Some material revisions to long-standing provisions. That will make it harder to meet SSA’s definition of disability.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The bad news is the Social Security Administration (SSA) has made some changes.  In getting Social Security Disability just got a lot harder.  In order to meet their definition of disability. But, not all changes are negative SSA has made. Some material revisions to long-standing provisions. That will make it harder to meet SSA’s definition of disability.

Social Security Disability (SSD) claims filed on or after March 27, 2017. Will no longer give special weight to treating source opinion.  Opinions are given by claimant’s treating physician give more weight than other providers. Including opinions of physicians hired by SSA for consultative examinations. However, in the past, SSA provided more weight to the treating physician’s opinion. Because the physician has a personal and longtime relationship with the claimant. It will be the best source to issue an opinion as for the claimant’s limitations. Yet it seems logical to assume a treating physician will know about their patient.  Whether than a one-time healthcare evaluator. However, SSA will no longer give special weight to the opinion of a treating physician. But the negative implication of this rule change is alarming. As physicians with the limited to know the claimant’s medical history.

The diagnosis and treatment are afforded the same consideration as a healthcare provider. Who has first-hand knowledge of his/her patient medical history?  It will be the best source to issue an opinion as for the claimant’s limitations. Yet it seems logical to assume a treating physician will know about their patient.  Whether than a one time evaluator. SSA will no longer give special weight to the opinion of a treating physician. But the negative implication of this rule change is alarming. As physicians with the limited to know the claimant’s medical history. The diagnosis and treatment is afforded the same consideration as a healthcare provider. Who has first-hand knowledge of his/her patient medical history?

Getting Social Security Disability Benefits Just Got a Lot Harder! 

SSA will no longer give special weight to other government agencies opinions.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit oversees appeals in California and other western states.  Had previously directed SSA to give great weight to the opinion of the Veteran Administration’s (VA) decisions when it comes to service-connected benefits.  Other Circuits have different rules on another legitimate party. But the 9th Circuit Court had to settle a law on this matter.  The new changes to the Federal Regulations mean that the VA decisions and other decisions from other governmental bodies.  Will not influence SSA when it comes to a decision for disability.

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Average Wait Time until SSD and SSI Hearing Held Report (For the Month of May 2017)

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Average wait time until SSD and SSI hearing held report for claims pending. The Average Wait Time until Hearing Held Report (For the Month of May 2017)

Average Wait Time until SSD and SSI Hearing Held Report (For the Month of May 2017)

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Average Wait Time until SSD and SSI Hearing Held Report (For the Month of May 2017)

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Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits Just Got a Lot Harder!

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The bad news is the Social Security Administration (SSA) has made some changes. With obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits just got a lot harder to meet their definition of disability. Yet, not all changes are negative.

The bad news is the Social Security Administration (SSA) has made some changes. With obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits just got a lot harder to meet their definition of disability. Yet, not all changes are negative. But SSA has made some material revisions to long-standing provisions. That will make it harder to meet SSA’s definition of disability.

Here are some tips to help you through the Social Security Disability (SSD) appeal process.

  • Go online to the Social Security Disability Blue Book Listings for your impairments. At https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm
  • When you find the listing of your impairment or Impairments. Then print it out.
  • Google articles or foundations about your impairment or impairments. Then print it out.
  • Look for other publications about your impairment or impairments. Then print it out.
  • If you are in dire need for your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits? Then write a letter and mail or fax it to your local Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
  • If you can’t get any answers about your Social Security Disability appeal case from your local ODAR. Then call the ODAR Office and make an in-person appointment. That way you can get all your questions answered about your SSD appeal case.
  • Also, you can call the National Customer Social Security Disability at 1800-772-1213. To make an appointment with your local ODAR Office.

Social Security Disability Benefits Just Got a Lot Harder!

In the past treating physician give more weight than other providers for claimants. Including opinions of physicians hired by SSA for consultative examinations.

In fact, SSA provided more weight to the treating physician’s opinion. Because physician has a personal longtime relationship with the claimant. It will be the best source to issue an opinion as for the claimant’s limitations. Yet it seems logical to assume a treating physician will know about their patient. Then an SSA medical provider.

I hope these tips help you with your Social Security Disability appeal case.

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Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Social Security Disability (SSD) Attorney

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Things you should know before hiring a social security disability (SSD) Attorney.
Make sure the lawyer you hire is the right one for your Social Security disability claim.

You should interview an SSD Attorney like on a job interview. Ask the attorney the following questions below.

Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Social Security Disability (SSD) Attorney

What is his or she win and loss ratio?

Will you wait until an SSD appeal court hearing is scheduled?

Do you follow the Social Security Disability five-level process?

Can I help fight my own SSD case? (Inform the attorney the only way you will sign an agreement is it must state I can fight my own case)

Ask your attorney is there a charge for getting my medical records?

If so, can I get my own medical records? (In some states that are no or small fee to get a copy of your medical records.)

How much will you charge to represent me in my SSD case? Is 25% or $6,000.00 cap on my back pay?

Do I have to pay for some expenses up front? (SSD attorney is not supposed to take any money from you until getting approved for benefits)

When you decide on an SSD Attorney then go to the Better Business Bureau to see if he or she have any complaints.

If you find an Attorney have complaints, then you do not want to hire he or her.

These questions will help you make a good decision for an SSD Attorney. So make sure you print out this cheat to interview attorneys for your SSD appeal case.

Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Social Security Disability (SSD) Attorney

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When can an Attorney Withdraws from a Social Security Disability (SSD) Case? Part 2

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An Attorney withdraws from a social security disability case from representing a claimant at any time. The Attorney must submit an appeal request to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).

Getting the Court’s Permission to Withdraw an SSD case

An Attorney withdraws from a social security disability case from representing a claimant at any time.  The Attorney must submit an appeal request to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).  In fact, if the withdrawal is mandatory. Then the attorney must first seek and get the court’s permission. But, before ending representation in the middle of a case.

As a result, the court will understand the dilemma of an attorney. When requiring or permitting withdrawal for a Social Security Disability (SSD) case. Yet, the court may not grant permission to immediately withdraw.

  • The facts giving will increase the withdrawal request are in dispute, or
  • withdrawal would be a matter of prejudice for the client’s ability to litigate the case.

The court can hold an evidentiary hearing on the disputed issues under any circumstances. Before making a ruling on the SSD Attorney’s withdrawal request. Yet, in most situations, the withdrawal request get granted. The court will give the client reasonable time to find another SSD Attorney.

SSD attorney has received court permissions to withdraw from representing an SSD client. Then the attorney must return all the client’s property in his or her possession. Including refunding any unused or unearned prepaid fees or retainers to the client. The SSD attorney must assist with the client’s new attorney and must hand the client’s file over as directed on time.

An Attorney Withdraws from a Social Security Disability

An SSD attorney who has withdrawn from representing an SSD client. Must continue a professional obligation to maintain the confidentiality of attorney-client-relationship.

For example, an attorney cannot become a witness for an SSD client’s case. Because of matters failing with the scope of the attorney-client privilege. Yet, a violation of the rules can result in disciplinary action against the SSD attorney. Also, an attorney can be disbarment. Disbarment means a removal of an attorney from the bar association. Or practice law and revoking his or her license or admission to practice law.

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