How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Hearing: Part 3

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Be Prepared to Explain Bad Facts about Your Medical Records

Sometimes medical records can contain bad facts.  Unfortunately, bad facts can certainly hurt your case if not handled properly.  One common problem is when people suffer from chronic pain is excessive on pain medication.

In some cases, medical records may indicate the claimant suffer from narcotic dependency or suspicion of abusing pain medication.  The worst thing a claimant can do is deny the problem and blame it on the medical provider.  The best answer you can give is to be truthful about the problem with pain medication and you are getting treatment for the dependency that will switch or reduced medication to minimize the possibility of medication drug addiction.

Paint a Clear Picture of Your Everyday Living

Administrative Law Judges frequently ask disability claimants “how their lives change the onset date of your impairment.”  Give a detailed and descriptive answer to this questions because it can be quite helpful in winning your Social Security Disability claim, especially when a Judge is undecided about how to decide your case.  For instance, if you used to work in the garden, play cards with friends, no longer enjoy activities, go to church every weekend, you need to tell this to the Administrative Law Judge.  Also, explain how your disability has affected activities like watching television reading books or newspapers.  Describe how your chronic pain occurs with concentration to interact with people who are no longer can due to inactive activates.  These things are very important information for an Administrative Law Judge to know in order to give him or her an insight on how you may function in a job setting.

Let the Administrative Law Judge know you need help in your day-to-day life this is very important for the Judge.  For example, if you need assistance from friends or family members with any other activity of daily living, grocery shopping, bill paying, cleaning, laundry, describe what help you receive and how often do you receive help and why you need the assistance.

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How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Hearing: Part 2

Most disability appeal court hearing normally last under an hour and some can be very short as 15 minutes, so you can count on having no questions to answer for an extended time period.

It may be helpful to practice answering questions with your family member, friend, or attorney.  If you find yourself drifting from the topic of the questions, pause and take a deep breath until you able to refocus on your answer.  Just make sure you practice the questions with your attorney or get a copy of practice questions you are likely to encounter before the hearing date that way you can familiarize yourself with and practice them.

Be Specific and Clear About your Symptoms and Limitations

By giving specific answers to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will have a clear picture of your impairment?  For instance, if you suffer from back problems then the Judge will ask you to describe the pain, use descriptive words such as “tingling,” “shooting,” “aching,” “dull,” or “burning.”  Make sure you clearly describe the location of any pain that affect you from working.  That way it will help the Administrative Law Judge to know your symptoms are persistent will recognize symptoms of your medical condition, which can help your credibility.

Always be specific when describing your limitations and condition.  For instance, if the Administrative Law Judge asks you how long can you sit, don’t indicate “for just a little while,” just say for an hour or 30 minutes it depends on without pain I am unable to sit.  If the Judge asks are you able to drive short distances?  Answer the Judge question by saying “I can drive to my doctor’s office, which is about 4 miles away.”

Be Prepared to Explain Any Gaps in Your Medical History

Frequently a disability claimant will have periods of time when he or she received little or no medical treatment.  The Administrative Law Judge will ask the claimant about the gaps in care.  Always answer the question with honesty the reason why you did not seek treatment is due to not having medical insurance.  If your health condition improved during that time, it is better to state and explain this than give an untruthful answer because losing your credibility with the Judge can risk losing your disability claim.

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Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income Appeal Average Wait Time Until Hearing Held Report (For The Month of June 2016)

Average Wait Time Until Hearing Held Report (For the Month of June 2016) A presentation of the average time (in months) from the hearing request date until a hearing was held for cases closed in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review's hearing offices or national hearing centers. This allows users to estimate the amount of time they may have to wait for a hearing to be held.

Average Appeal Case Wait Time Until Hearing Held Report (For the Month of June 2016)
A presentation of the average time (in months) from the hearing request date until a hearing was held for cases closed in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review’s hearing offices or national hearing centers. This allows users to estimate the amount of time they may have to wait for a hearing to be held.

NOTE:  The average times shown are true only for cases closed in the month each report covers where hearings were held. These times are not cumulative for the stated fiscal year.

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Congressional Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham Escorted from Albuquerque’s Social Security Office: Part 2

 

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They asked Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham to leave the Albuquerque’s Social Security Office building.  After a few more minutes the officers booted Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham from the building by escorting her and the 90-year-old woman out and then held a conversation with her.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham said it was done purposefully and deliberately.

However, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham spent her last day trying to get a reason why they treated her and the 90-year-old woman in that manner from the Federal Protective Services, A division of the Department of Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration, with no luck of getting an explanation.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham took action on Twitter after the incident occurred and started to blast the departments she contacted for an explanation of the treatment they received.

Just think if they treated Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham in that manner, imagine how they treat every single beneficiary that comes into the Albuquerque’s Social Security Office.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham vowed that the fight is not over yet because she is going to file formal complaints against the Albuquerque’s Social Security Office and would like a full investigation and explanation of the incident occurred from the Office of the Inspector General completed ASAP.

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“How to win your Social Security Disability without an Attorney” eBook Quotes Part 1

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To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Then you must have a medical condition that …

Below are quotes from my Digital eBook How to win your Social Security Disability without any attorney to read and learn how it really helps me with my appeal case.  Not only it can help you with your Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income appeal case, it can also help you with your initial claim.

“The attorney told me his firm has so many SSD back log cases that they are unable to win in court for their clients. That’s the reason I did not hire an attorney that would take 25% of my back pay and decide my fate.”

“Some attorneys have so many clients that there is no way they can keep up with all of them. For example, I called an out of town attorney to asked him what is a Decision Writers position at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). He did not have a clue what I was talking about.” 

“The case manager I had was lazy and he did not volunteer what information and documents I would need in order to get approved.”

“After my little interview was over, the healthcare professional appointed by the Social Security Office, told me to go in the bathroom to wash my face and said goodbye to me.”

“And some attorneys do not inform you that you need to fax or mail all medical notes from your Primary Care Physician (PCP) and Specialists to them or the Social Security Disability Office.”

Some attorneys do not answer your phone calls, emails or give you an update on your case, and tell you what documents you may need for substantial evidence to prove you are indeed disabled and can no longer work.”

Now you have a better understanding of the SSD process through the quotes, you are able to fight your own case by utilizing the steps in the digital eBook “How to win your Social Security Disability without an Attorney.”  All you have to do at this point is to go to the website and purchase the eBook today and start working on your disability initial claim or appeal case.

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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.

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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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