How to Appeal Your Claim at the Appeals Council Level

How to Appeal Your Claim at the Appeals Council Level

In this post, I will give you some tips and tricks on how to appeal your claim at the Appeals Council level (Let’s call them AC). You went to your disability hearing with the ALJ and you just received your denial. Now What? I know what you are thinking, “I presented evidence of my disability and …

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How to Cross Examine a Social Security Vocational Expert

I see this question a lot: How to cross-examine a Social Security Vocational Expert? Especially when the claimant decided to go to a hearing without an attorney. The main reason I tell my readers to hire an attorney is because of how tricky it can be to cross-examine a vocational expert (let’s call him “VE“- and …

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5 Best Books for Filing Your Social Security Disability claim (2)

5 Best Books About Filing for Social Security Disability

I’ve been meaning to write this post on the 5 best books about filing Social Security Disability for a while. A lot of claimants start the process of filing for disability by either searching online or by reading books about filing. The amount of information can be overwhelming. And even with all this information, claimants …

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How to Survive Financially when waiting for Social Security Disability benefits

How to Survive Financially When Applying for Social Security Disability

One of the questions my clients ask me the most is: “How to survive financially when applying for Social Security Disability?” This is usually a tough question because in most cases the claimant is unable to work. Or at least, unable to work full time. And Social Security tends to deny benefits if the claimant …

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how to win your social security disability with an invisible illness

How to Win Social Security With An Invisible Illness

Winning a Social Security disability claim for an invisible illness is difficult but not impossible. These illnesses require a little bit more work since they don’t always show up in films (Xrays, MRIs, etc). They also rely mostly on “self-reported” symptoms. This means that the judge has to believe you without a lot of proof …

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4 Myths and Realities of a Social Security Claim

4 Myths and Realities of a Social Security Claim

There are many myths and realities in a Social Security claim. Most are learned from non-attorney friends and family. And most of them either heard from someone else or had their own unique experience in their claim. Listening to other people’s experiences can give you a glimpse of what you could expect in your own …

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Residual Functional Capacity Report to win Social Security Disability

How to Use a Residual Functional Capacity Report to Win Social Security

When filing for Social Security Disability you must prove that you are not capable of working in any capacity. The best way to accomplish that is by submitting a Residual Functional Capacity Report completed by your doctor. Of course, if you read my previous posts you already know that medical records are key to winning your claim. …

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4 reasons why attorneys are rejecting your disability case

4 Reasons Why Social Security Attorneys Are Rejecting Your Case

There are many reasons why attorneys are rejecting your case. The biggest question is: what does that mean to your case? Every claimant thinks they have a “slam dunk” case because they live their “disability” every day. However, a lot of conditions, even if visible, require documentation to show how “limiting” things are for you. …

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submit medical records last minute

Why You Should Never Submit Your Medical Records at the Last Minute

It’s not uncommon for claimants to wait until the day of their Social Security hearing to submit their medical records. This is a serious and costly mistake! With average wait times of 15 to 18 months, there is plenty of time to get your records in. So, why do people leave it for the last …

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Why you should never trust Social Security Doctors

Why You Should Never Trust Social Security Doctors

Never trust Social Security doctors. Pure and simple, you should always keep that in mind. There are many reasons why you should never trust Social Security doctors For starters: These doctors are not your friend, even if they say you are disabled. They have limited resources to really examine you. If you think they are …

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