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About David Paletta

Mr. Paletta graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1976 with a degree in economics and history. He obtained a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill in 1980. Over the past 34 years, Mr. Paletta has successfully represented hundreds of disabled individuals in their efforts to obtain Social Security disability benefits.

The Appeal Procedure for Social Security Disability Claims is Broken (updated June 13, 2019).

DDS is dysfunctional. The 1st appeal of a denied disability claim goes to the Disability Determination Services known as DDS. 1. In 20% of my cases the client is obviously disabled and it requires no expertise in medicine or law to determine this. In 37 years I have never lost a case in this category, yet DDS denied 100% of these cases. 2. I have had a few cases in which it is simple to determine the individual is disabled. In these cases I presented to DDS all the necessary medical [...]

By |2019-06-13T17:03:10+00:00June 13th, 2019|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

Can I work while I am waiting for a decision in my disability case?

The process of getting Social Security disability benefits is very slow. It often takes two to three years before disability benefits are awarded. While the appeal is under review, most of my clients are experiencing a financial crisis. It is a major struggle to pay for life necessities such as food, rent, electricity, heat, doctor bills and medications. I am often asked - can I work while I am waiting for a decision? This question is understandable, and very reasonable. People need some means to survive while their case is slowly [...]

By |2018-07-25T20:06:49+00:00July 25th, 2018|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

How do Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits differ from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits? (updated May 21, 2019)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Every worker has a FICA deduction withheld from his/her paycheck. A portion of this deduction is used to fund the Social Security disability benefits program. SSDI is a disability insurance program for workers. A worker pays into the Social Security system, and in return the worker is eligible for disability benefits in the event he/she becomes unable to work. […]

By |2019-05-21T11:16:20+00:00May 21st, 2019|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

Disability Law & Attorney Wellness

On December 8, 2017 I spoke at a seminar sponsored by the Disability Advocacy Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice on the topic of attorney wellness. The practice of law is a high stress profession. In this seminar I share some tips on how to manage stress in a healthy manner. The manuscript for my presentation is set forth below. […]

By |2018-10-03T11:18:42+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments
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