Deciding if you want to Represent Yourself for Your Social Security Disability Appeal Case: Part 4

Judge, how long will it take to get a written decision in the mail? I do not know, just go home and watch out for the mailman.

Judge, how long will it take to get a written decision in the mail? I do not know, just go home and watch out for the mailman.

Please keep this in mind provide Social Security Administration with as much relevant medical evidence documents as possible.

How to Prepare for a Disability Hearing:  Some disability claims are approved at the hearing level.  A hearing is carried out in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who will review the medical evidence you submitted, and listen to your disability argument.

The Administrative Law Judge will question you about your medical condition and may be asked to clarify the questions about your medical records.  At the hearing, there will be a vocational expert (VE) at the hearing.  A vocational expert is a person who is experienced to give him or her opinion about the types of job you can or cannot work due to your physical and mental limitations.  The Administrative Law Judge will take the vocational expert opinion on whether you are unable or able to work.

At the hearing, you must be ready to explain any inconsistencies you may have in your medical records.  Also, you must be prepared to cross-examine the vocational expert if he or she testifies you are able to work.

The Appeals Council and Federal Appeals:  If the Administrative Law Judge denies your claim by mistake, then you can request the Appeals Council (AC) to review the judge decision, however, the Appeal Council is not required to review the decision if they  think it is not necessary.  If the Appeal Council denied your claim or refuse to review the Administrative Law Judge decision then you can appeal your case to the federal district court.  Unfortunately the Social Security Administration will not help you with the federal appeal, however, please follow all of the court rules carefully, if you do not then your complaint will be dismissed.  This is where it make sense to hire a disability attorney for the Appeal Council or federal court hearing.

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Deciding if you want to Represent Yourself for Your Social Security Disability Appeal Case: Part 3

The Social Security Disability determination process. Many Social Security Disability initial claims are processed through a network of local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and State agencies are usually called Disability Determination Services or (DDSs).

The Social Security Disability determination process. Many Social Security Disability initial claims are processed through a network of local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and State agencies are usually called Disability Determination Services or (DDSs).

Recognized Other Ways to Getting Approved for SSDI or SSI

There are other ways to win your claim even if you are unable to get approved under a blue book listing. Below are some examples:

The Grids: Are a series of tables that helps Social Security to find out if an applicant is disabled or not disabled is determine by an applicant’s education, the skill level of their work history, person’s physical residual functional capacity, and age. The only time when Social Security used the grids is when an applicant is unable to do their past work, however, it is useful for getting older claimants approved for their disability benefits.

The combination of Impairments: Many claimants have more than one disability that prevents them from working. If this applies to you, then the Social Security Administration will consider the combined effects to all of your medical conditions on your ability to work or not. The Social Security Administration will review your RFC report in your file to determine if you can still work.

The combination of non-exertional and exertional limitations: An exertional limitation is an affects your ability to do the physical job requirements like carrying, lifting, standing, and sitting. Non-exertional limitations have an affect your ability to do mental and emotional requirements of a job by getting along with your boss, co-workers, and following directions. If your medical condition has both non-exertional and exertional impairments, then Social Security Administration will combine both effects on your ability to work a job. The more disability limitations a claimant has, it is most likely they will get approved.

Please keep this in mind provide Social Security Administration with as much relevant medical evidence documents as possible….

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Deciding if you want to Represent Yourself for Your Social Security Disability Appeal Case: Part 2

Purchase the Self-Help E-Book “How to win your Social Security Disability or SSI Case without an Attorney” to speed up your claim.

Purchase the Self-Help E-Book “How to win your Social Security Disability or SSI Case without an Attorney” to speed up your claim.

All of your medical providers such as physician, specialist, physical therapy psychiatric, and mental health counselor, however, you can request these documents from them after you sign a release formSome medical providers charge a fee for gathering your medical records and copying.  Most of the time medical providers will not charge you a fee for medical records but will charge an attorney for them.  That’s why attorneys have their clients to request medical records and test results documents.  In some states, they have laws what fee can be charged to obtain your copies of your medical records, or prohibit physicians from charging a fee for records for disability cases.  Therefore, when requesting your medical documents or test results, inform them this is a Social Security Disability appeal case that way most likely you will not be charged for them.

Only submit relevant medical records that are going to help you’re your disability approved for your case.  For example, if your claim is having back problems that cause you unable to work then do not submit medical records for an ophthalmologist or an oral surgeon.  Below are some examples of medical records you might need to submit it depends on what is the reason of your disability claim:

  • all medical emergency room documents
  • medical discharge summaries documents from hospitalizations
  • MRI reports documents, X-ray pictures, and CT Scan documents
  • all lab reports test documents
  • all biopsy result in documents
  • surgical  summary documents
  • physician office visitors notes
  • list of medication with dosages prescribe by your doctor and if there any side effects.  You can get a list of medication from your pharmacy too
  • psychiatrist or therapist treatment documents
  • occupational or physical therapy documents, and
  • school records from the last grade you completed and I.Q. tests.

This is very important, make sure the Social Security Administration have all providers…

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Deciding if you want to Represent Yourself for Your Social Security Disability Appeal Case: Part 1

Answer all the questions on the Social Security Administration Chart to see if you eligible for your disability.

Answer all the questions on the Social Security Administration Chart to see if you eligible for your disability.

Here are some things you should know and need if you want to be brave enough to represent yourself for the Social Security Disability process without disability lawyer.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not require you to hire an attorney because statistics show you are more likely to get approved if you are represented but that is not always the case. Therefore, if you decide to represent yourself then there are some important things you should know about the process first.

Don’t Miss the Appeal Filing Deadlines

First, make sure you meet all deadlines for filing your request for reconsideration or request an appeal court hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Usually, the SSA only give you 60 days to file an appeal after you receive a denial notice. Unfortunately, if you miss the deadline, then you will need a good reason why you missed the deadline. If the SSA make a decision you do not have a good reason for not filling the appeal in 60 days then you will have to start the process all over again.

Give the SSA Complete Recent Medical Records

One of the biggest reason why claimants are denied is due to failing to submit all their medical records, and test results in order for them to prove their disability claim. However, the Social Security Administration is supposed to obtain the medical records and test results, unfortunately, you cannot depend on SSA to make sure the file is completed. Which means you will have to review the Social Security Administration’s file to make sure they have all you medical records and test results in order for them to have relevant evidence.

All of you medical providers such as you physician, specialist, physical therapy,…

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Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Recruit and Hire People with Disabilities for Competitive Career Opportunities: Part 3

Some people with disabilities may need reasonable accommodations to do a particular job position. The US Department of Justice stated a reasonable accommodation is an adjustment or modification to a work environment or job will allow an employee with a disability to participate or qualified applicant in the application process or to perform essential job functions. For example, if your employer is not made aware of your disability, they have no legal obligation to provide you with any reasonable accommodation. If you need an accommodation to perform a job or apply for one, you need to inform them about your disability at the time of your interview and on the job application.

Some people with disabilities may need reasonable accommodations to do a particular job position. The US Department of Justice stated a reasonable accommodation is an adjustment or modification to a work environment or job will allow an employee with a disability to participate or qualified applicant in the application process or to perform essential job functions. For example, if your employer is not made aware of your disability, they have no legal obligation to provide you with any reasonable accommodation. If you need an accommodation to perform a job or apply for one, you need to inform them about your disability at the time of your interview and on the job application.

Initiative Carrers2B is a moderation program designed for people with lack of work experience barrier which align premature career professionals with disabilities and companies who sponsor a 12 month period that will help increase participants at a level of professional experience and people more marketable…

Recruitment and Screening Procedures review candidate’s ability to meet the job position requirements, organizational skills fit, making sure people with disabilities is ready for the workplace, for example, work ethics and attitude

High Test Accessible Technology Solutions experts are on hand to make sure accessible to all users technology, web applications, training documentation, and business processes are available to all people with disabilities

Disability Employment Training and Strategy experience will help implement a clear effective strategy for hiring and managing people with disabilities

Bender’s Consulting Services Partnership

Bender Consulting Services partners with many employers such as governmental agencies, colleges, and other businesses to matchup experienced job candidates with disabilities for exciting wonderful career opportunities.

Competitive Jobs Mean Independence and Freedom

Hiring decision is based on people’s experience and professionalism not their disability at Bender Consulting Services, Inc.  At Bender Consulting Services, Inc. has competitive employment means independence and freedom for the lives of people with disabilities.  Freedom and independence will make a difference in a financial decision that will affect people’s quality of life, for example, saving money for a rainy day, going on vacations, buying a car, rent or purchase a home.  It is the only way of obtaining and keeping competitive employment that way a person can live independently with freedom.

At Bender Consulting Services, Inc., is retained by federal agencies and corporation to assist them in meeting their diversity recruitment strategy for employment for people with disabilities.  The reason why Bender Consulting Services, Inc., partner with employers is to assist them in finding candidates with disabilities who match the qualifications and experience of positions they are seeking to fill by, screening, matching candidates who have experience and talent for the requested skills of the job positionBender gets competitive employment opportunities in a various career in training locations throughout the United States.

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Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Recruit and Hire People with Disabilities for Competitive Career Opportunities: Part 1

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Those with disabilities who work earn 37% less on an average with a high school education than their peers without disabilities; however, in some states it is even a wider gap.or example, Goodwill Industries is a multibillion-dollar company who executives make a six-figure salary is among the nonprofit organizations is allowed to pay thousands of disabled workers below minimum wage due to the federal law is known as Section 14 (c).

About Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

At Bender Consulting Services, Inc., their mission is to recruit and hire people with disabilities for competitive employment opportunities for the private and public sectors.

As the economy continuing to grow and recover, employment numbers are increasing, for an overwhelming 13 million Americans with Disabilities still are unemployed. Because of Bender Consulting Services, Inc., has solved the critical business and critical issues are provided by employers with a qualified talent that given well-experience people with disabilities a chance to display their abilities to have solid careers since 1995. To this day, Bender Consulting Services, Inc., have placed people with disabilities in major companies such as many Federal Agencies, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Anthem, Inc., Highmark, and Bayer Corporation. These people have expertise experience in finance/accounting, biology, mathematics, information technology, human resources, engineering and other professional areas.

Bender Consulting Services, Inc., headquarter is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has a strong presence in Canada and across the United States through their sister company called Bender Consulting Services of Canada.

People with Disabilities

As the new world accelerate up with opportunities have a career presents. There are competitive jobs will help individuals with disabilities reach new levels of unheard rewards such as personal independence, the benefit of a car, improved self-worth, new apartment, feel equal, and go on vacations. In order for people with disabilities can make the first move towards freedom and happiness.

Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

Bender Consulting Services, Inc., is a national leader in employment for individuals with disabilities. They specialize in joining private and public sector employers with experienced employees with disabilities in support of their disability recruitment initiatives. Bender Consulting Services, Inc., have a lot of experience in workplace mentoring of individuals with disabilities, disability employment strategy, and training, recruitment, and hiring.

The CEO, Joyce Bender, is an expert in disability employment for over 30 years of recruitment, executive search, and experience in employment.

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Who is actually unfit to work? Disability is on the rise in America: Part 7

Did you know job stress can contribute to health problems such as depression, heart disease, and fray nerves? Unfortunately, job strain can cause both emotional health and physical risks. However, finding the source of your stress is very important to start fighting it, but it is easy said than done. Experts found identified certain work situations are likely to make your blood boil. Also, now you have decided if this job worth physical and emotional health at risk is worth stating with your current employer.

Did you know job stress can contribute to health problems such as depression, heart disease, and fray nerves? Unfortunately, job strain can cause both emotional health and physical risks. However, finding the source of your stress is very important to start fighting it, but it is easy said than done. Experts found identified certain work situations are likely to make your blood boil. Also, now you have decided if this job worth physical and emotional health at risk is worth stating with your current employer.

In other words, disability has become an alternate welfare program for people without job skills or a lot of education.  However, Social Security Disability were not created to serve this purpose, the program was designed to get people back on their feet.  Unfortunately, when people go onto disability never go back to work.  Little than 1 percent who is on the disability federal program, workers in 2011 have returned back to the workforce since then, one economist told Chana Joffe-Walt.

After the people leave their workforce, however, they and go on disability qualify for Medicare, which is a government health care program that covers the elderly too.  These people also get disability payments from the government of around $13,000 per year.  This is not enough to survive on after working and collecting a decent pay check.  But on a minimum wage job, you will get paid approximately $15,000 a year that probably does not include health insurance so disability may be a better option for them.

In most cases going on disability mean you will not work, you probably will get the cost-of-living adjustment COLA if the government approve it, and will not receive anything that the working people will get.  For example, get paid every two weeks, income tax return money, 401K, and healthcare benefitsDisability means you will have to depend only on disability payments, and you will be poor for the rest of your life.  So this means about 14 million Americans will have to sign up for disability benefits.  People applying for Social Security Disability is to increase dramatically every day in 2016.

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Who is actually unfit to work? Disability is on the rise in America: Part 6

Is too much standing and sitting on the job is bad for you?

Is too much standing and sitting on the job is bad for you?

Is too much standing on the job is bad for you?  Working and standing long periods of time at work can lead to muscle problems and back pain.  Is too much sitting on the job bad for you?  Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found sitting too long with health problems that includes cholesterol levels, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal, high blood sugar, a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressures, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.  Also, sitting too much can increase the danger of death from cancer and death from cardiovascular disease.

After Scott’s father had a heart attack, he went back to work at the mill.  Scott said if there was a mill for him to go back to work in, then he would have gone back too.  But there was not a mill for Scott to go back to, so he is on Social Security Disability.  It was not just Scott, but a lot of the mill guys took the same path, one man who shattered the bones in his ankle and leg, another man with diabetes, another man with a heart attack, and a man with diabetes.  After the mill shut down these guys went on Social Security Disability too.

Chana Joffe-Walt said he does not know what the rogue staffer meant when he informed Scott Birdsall they are trying to hide those mill guys.  However, signing up for Social Security Disability Benefits is a great way to stay hidden in one way, and people who are on Social Security Disability are not counted in the unemployment rate in their state or the national unemployment rate.

That is a terrible secret of the American labor market, David Author, an economist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told Chana Joffe-Walt.  David said the reason the unemployment rates have been low until now a lot of people who had trouble finding jobs are now on different programs such as Social Security Disability.

This is part of the reason why a number of people are on Social Security Disability because it is a fact that the workforce is getting older, and older people seemed to have more health problems.

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Who is actually unfit to work? Disability is on the rise in America: Part 5

Did you know job stress can contribute to health problems such as depression, heart disease, and fray nerves? Unfortunately, job strain can cause both emotional health and physical risks. However, finding the source of your stress is very important to start fighting it, but it is easy said than done. Experts found identified certain work situations are likely to make your blood boil. Also, now you have decided if this job worth physical and emotional health at risk is worth stating with your current employer.

Did you know job stress can contribute to health problems such as depression, heart disease, and fray nerves? Unfortunately, job strain can cause both emotional health and physical risks. However, finding the source of your stress is very important to start fighting it, but it is easy said than done. Experts found identified certain work situations are likely to make your blood boil. Also, now you have decided if this job worth physical and emotional health at risk is worth stating with your current employer.

Chana Joffe-Walt was working as a local reporter in Seattle, Washington four years ago, and did a story on workers in a dead mill in Aberdeen, Washington to preserve the memory era when you graduated from high school you can get a job at the mill to live a good life. That was very good ending of the story.

Chana Joffe-Walt said after he got interested in Social Security Disability, he wanted to an inquiry about the guys to see what is going on with them after the mill closed.  A guy name Scott Birdsall went to several meetings where he learned about educational opportunities and retraining programs.  Scott said at one meeting, a staff member pulled him a side and said: “Scott, I am going, to be honest with you, there is no one is going to hire you and we are just hiding you guys.”  The staff member’s advice to Scott was blunt, then the staff member said I know it sucks when all of your unemployment benefits is gone and then you are out there alone in this world.

Scott who was 56 years old at the time said this is the most real thing anyone ever said to him in a while.  The staff member said there was a lot of jobs that you could get with just a high school diploma and was getting paid enough to be middle class in our society.  Scott knew it has been disappearing for decades.  What really surprised Scott was it was happening to so many people who lost their jobs and going on Social Security Disability?

However, Scott tried going to school for a while, but he did not like it.  Until he took the advice of a rogue staffer who told him to take advantage of all the benefits he could of the system.  Unfortunately, Scott suffered a heart attack after the mill closed and thought since he had a bypass surgery then maybe he can get on Social Security Disability that way he will not have to worry about this stuff anymore.  It worked because Scott is now on Social Security disability.

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Who is actually unfit to work? Disability is on the rise in America: Part 4

Having anxiety and depression disorder can be challenging to work. It can have a major impact on your and in the workplace. A lot of people turn down job opportunities because they cannot be around others, travel, public speaking, do not attend office parties nor lunches, meet with colleagues or unable to cope. Also, a lot of people are unable to work to back pain. They have trouble walking, standing, bending, sitting, lifting, and etc. that causes them unable to work.

Having anxiety and depression disorder can be challenging to work. It can have a major impact on your and in the workplace. A lot of people turn down job opportunities because they cannot be around others, travel, public speaking, do not attend office parties nor lunches, meet with colleagues or unable to cope. Also, a lot of people are unable to work to back pain. They have trouble walking, standing, bending, sitting, lifting, and etc. that causes them unable to work.

This is how Dr. Timberlake make a judgement call if you have a back problem and a college degree then you are not disabled. Without a college degree then you are disabled.

Dr. Timberlake said he has listened to a story about back pain means they can no longer work or a shoulder injury cause them to be out of a job over and over again. Then he would ask them can you get a job that does not require lifting things on a job where you do not have to use your shoulder and sit down to work? After Dr. Timberlake said his patients would look at him like he was asking them to consider becoming an astronaut.

Dr. Timberlake met a woman name Ethel Thomas who is on Social Security Disability for back pain caused by after working many years at a fish plant then working as a nurse’s aide. Then he asked her what is your dream job, and she responded working at the Social Security Office to weed out the cheaters through the disability applications process. But that was not the case because she wanted the job because it is the only job that would allow her to sit all day.

Dr. Timberlake found it hard to believe, but then he started looking around the town and there was a fish plant, truck repair shop, and three McDonald’s. Dr. Timberlake looked at a list of job openings for three McDonald’s, KFC, Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist, and Truck Driver (heavy lifting) in Hale County, Alabama.

Dr. Timberlake, personally he thinks it may be impossible for Ethel to get a job that would accommodate her back pain.

Here is a story people hear about all the time these days that does not have anything to do with a disability is Local Mill Shuts Down or a Factory closed.

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