Hearings

It’s easier to win a World Series than get Social Security disability

by Patrick Spencer March 18, 2015

It’s about time someone started focusing on the ways Social Security is failing in its duty to help people with severe disabilities. This is the second in a series by FOX Atlanta that actually does take a balanced approach to what is wrong with the Social Security disability system. Recently there has been too much […]

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The truth about applying for Social Security disability

by Patrick Spencer March 16, 2015

Everyone who is applying or thinking about applying for Social Security disability should watch this story. This story highlights what we Social Security disability lawyers already know – that what matters more is which judge you get rather than how disabled you are. That’s right – your case will turn on what judge you get. This story takes […]

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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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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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