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Approval Rates for Social Security Disability Judges.

The Approval Rates for Social Security Disability Judges vary widely among judges. Nationally, it varies from a low of 9% to a high of 96%. In North Carolina, the approval rates vary from a low of 23% to a high of 87%.  The national average is an approval rate of approximately 53%. Clearly, the judge randomly assigned to a disability case is an important factor that influences whether benefits will be awarded. For this reason I have obtained data on the approval rates of each disability judge in North Carolina (see [...]

By |2019-12-17T14:30:34+00:00December 17th, 2019|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

Top 10 Tips for Hiring a Disability Lawyer Video

Top 10 Tips for Hiring a Disability Lawyer Disability Lawyer David R. Paletta 1. Do NOT hire an out-of-state law firm. Large out-of-state law firms spends thousands of dollars advertising on TV and the Internet. Their # 1 goal is to make a profit. They do not allow you to have a personal relationship with an attorney. In my opinion, they do not provide the level of legal services I believe you are entitled to. 2. If you look for a lawyer online, avoid the middle men. In recent [...]

By |2019-10-31T17:42:58+00:00October 29th, 2019|Disability Law Blog|0 Comments

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.

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 |2019-12-10T12:41:52+00:00July 18th, 2019|Disability Law Blog|48 Comments

Social Security Survivors Benefits

Social Security Survivors Benefits When an individual who is insured under the Social Security system dies, certain survivors are entitled to receive benefits. These are called Social Security Survivors Benefits. In order for this benefits program to apply, the deceased must have earned enough Social Security credits. You can earn up to four credits each year. For example, in 2019 you earn one credit for each $1,360 of earnings. When you have earned $5,440, you have earned your four credits for the year. The number of credits needed to provide Social [...]

By |2019-08-28T14:30:13+00:00August 28th, 2019|Disability Law Blog|0 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