Hearings

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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Is Your Hearing the First Time You Will Meet with Your Social Security Lawyer?

by Patrick Spencer October 4, 2010
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Not at our firm. We’ve personally observed claimants waiting at the hearing office, on the day of their hearing, to meet their lawyer for the very first time. Those lawyers are almost always from national firms, such as the ones that advertise on TV. And, it’s important to note, that they’re not always lawyers, either. […]

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Things a Judge Will Not Consider at Your Disability Hearing

by Patrick Spencer September 2, 2010

If you have applied for Social Security disability you probably don’t realize that many of the real-world circumstances you find yourself in won’t be considered by the judge that will hear your case. The judge won’t consider: That you cannot find a job The fact that there are no job openings where you live That […]

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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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