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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 38 years, Mr. Paletta has successfully represented hundreds of disabled individuals in their efforts to obtain Social Security disability benefits.

Degenerative Disc Disease and Disability Video

Degenerative Disc Disease and Social Security Disability.  One of the most common causes of disability is chronic back pain. We have all hurt our back at one time or another. We take it easy for a few days or few weeks and fully recover. However, for some individuals back pain is chronic, severe and debilitating. The Spine. The spine is tremendously important because it provides the physical support for our entire body. The spine has five parts – cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx. Spinal vertebrae are bones that form an [...]

By |2019-10-31T17:32:37+00:00August 1st, 2019|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

Gastroparesis and Social Security disability

Gastroparesis – an Overview. In healthy people, when the stomach is functioning normally, contractions of the stomach help to crush ingested food and then propel the pulverized food into the small intestine where further digestion and absorption of nutrients occurs. Gastroparesis is a condition in which your stomach is unable to contract normally, and therefore cannot crush food nor propel food into the small intestine properly. […]

By |2019-08-06T19:36:09+00:00August 6th, 2019|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

HITECH Medical Records Requests.

WARNING. NEW CASE LAW. The law on HITECH medical records requests has changed due to the recent CIOX Health case. A newer blog that discusses how the CIOX Health case affects HITECH medical records requests can be found here. The HITECH Act is an excellent tool attorneys can use to obtain medical records at a lower cost. Disability attorneys, workers compensation attorneys and personal injury attorneys spend thousands of dollars each year obtaining the medical records of their clients. Historically, attorneys have used a HIPAA authorization to obtain these records. [...]

By |2020-07-07T17:28:43+00:00July 18th, 2019|Disability Law Blog|68 Comments

Disability Appeals – the Process is Broken.

The procedure for Social Security disability appeals is broken at all levels of the appellate process.  Be prepared for a frustrating experience. The 1st Disability Appeal. If your disability claim is denied, you can appeal to the Disability Determination Services known as DDS. 1. 20% of my clients have been obviously disabled at the time I first met with them. In 34 years I have never lost one of these very strong cases. Yet, DDS denied 100% of these cases. 2. I have had a few cases in which it is [...]

By |2019-08-01T12:19:27+00:00June 13th, 2019|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

Attorney Wellness and the Practice of Law.

Attorney Wellness and the Practice of Law. Recently I spoke at a seminar sponsored by the Disability Advocacy Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice on the topic of attorney wellness and the practice of law. All attorneys know practicing law is a high stress profession. Nonetheless, when I made a list for this seminar of the kinds of stress I experience on a regular basis, the size of the list surprised me. Examples of Stress. Here is a condensed version of the List. * operating a business and managing [...]

By |2019-07-26T15:56:48+00:00July 25th, 2019|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments
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