Applying for Benefits

How to Prove You’re Disabled

by Patrick Spencer September 18, 2013
You have the burden of proof

To prove disability you need: Documentation. Documentation. Documentation. Knowing you’re disabled and proving you’re disabled to a judge are two VERY different things.You may have very serious medical issues that affect your ability to work. But if your conditions aren’t written down by your doctors, you’re not likely to get approved for disability benefits. “Anyone […]

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SSA Puts the Kaibosh on Internet Searching

by Patrick Spencer June 20, 2012
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We’ve warned readers about protecting your online profiles on Social Media sites. You could be blindsided by an ALJ who questions you at your hearing about something that appeared on Facebook. It has already happened to some claimants. Even federal courts have cited internet-information that it found about a plaintiff in a Social Security appeal […]

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Ask a Lawyer: Can I get SSI for anxiety disorder??

by Patrick Spencer June 9, 2011
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We received a question from a young woman suffering from anxiety disorder. She wants to know if she can get social security disability based on her mental illness. Q: Could I get SSI for anxiety disorder?? I am 22 years old and I cannot work anywhere because my disorder prevents me from being in crowds […]

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What Is the Five-step Process That Social Security Uses to Decide Disability Claims? (Part 5: Other Work)

by Patrick Spencer August 30, 2010
Step 5 of the sequential evaluation process

Please keep in mind that a lot of the terms used by Social Security to determine disability have specific legal meanings and probably don’t mean what you think they do. Step 5 is usually the most complicated step in a Social Security disability case. It is also the one that we most frequently get to […]

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What Is the Five-step Process That Social Security Uses to Decide Disability Claims? (Part 4: Past Relevant Work)

by Patrick Spencer August 23, 2010
Step 4 of the sequential evaluation process

Please keep in mind that a lot of the terms used by Social Security to determine disability have specific legal meanings and probably don’t mean what you think they do. Assuming that you do not meet or equal a listed impairment at step 3, Social Security next decides whether or not you can do work […]

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