How Will Your Social Security Attorney Help You Determine the Onset Date of Your Disability?

Your “onset date” is the date when you became disabled. In order
to help you determine what onset date to allege, a Social Security Disability
Attorney may ask you a series of questions to decide when you stopped being
able to work on a regular basis. The answers to these questions will affect how
much back pay to which you are entitled and how much your monthly benefit
amount will be. 

The first question is typically “when did you stop working?” ...

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Supreme Court Rules in a Case Involving Testimony by a Vocational Expert

The US Supreme Court recently ruled on a case involving a longstanding rule out of the Seventh Circuit that required a vocational expert (VE) to provide the data supporting his/her testimony. If the VE could not provide such data, or refused to do so, that testimony would not be considered “substantial evidence” to support an unfavorable decision. In a narrow ruling, the Court struck down ...

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The Listing Of Impairments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) follows a five step process in determining whether or not you are disabled. We have discussed step one and step two previously.  In this blog, we will discuss step three – Listed Impairments.

SSA maintains a list of certain conditions that it considers per se disabling. These are commonly referred to as the “Listing of Impairments” – or simply the “Listings.” There are separate Listings for children and for adults. The Listings generally relate ...

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