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Degenerative Disc Disease & Social Security Disability

Degenerative disc disease.  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 opening in which the spinal cord passes. These bones are stacked one on top of another. The two parts of the back that most often cause problems are the cervical spine (neck) and lumbar [...]

August 1st, 2019|

Multiple Sclerosis and Social Security Disability

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Multiple sclerosis (MS) damages myelin, a fatty substance that normally surrounds and protects the nerves. It can also damage nerves within the central nervous system. […]

August 6th, 2018|

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. […]

August 6th, 2019|

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Disability

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. For reasons doctors still do not understand, the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues, especially the synovial joint. […]

January 9th, 2018|

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 simple to determine the individual is disabled. In these cases I presented to DDS all the necessary medical documentation and legal analysis to prove disability. DDS denied 100% of these [...]

June 13th, 2019|

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. […]

July 18th, 2019|

Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Raleigh, NC

Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations (OHO). The 2nd appeal in a disability case is a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (referred to as an ALJ). The Hearing may be in person or via a video conference. One of the most common questions I am asked is - what are my chances of winning? The Disability Judge that hears the case is certainly an important factor. To find out the approval rates for all disability judges in Raleigh, North Carolina, click on the link below. Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Raleigh, North Carolina. If your disability claim was denied [...]

July 19th, 2019|

Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Greensboro, NC

Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations (OHO) . The 2nd appeal in a disability case is a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (referred to as an ALJ). The Hearing may be in person or via a video conference. One of the most common questions I am asked is - what are my chances of winning? The Disability Judge that hears the case is certainly an important factor. To find out the approval rates for disability judges in Greensboro, North Carolina, click on the link below. Data on Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Greensboro, North Carolina If your disability claim was denied and [...]

July 19th, 2019|

Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Charlotte, NC

Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations (OHO). The 2nd appeal in a disability case is a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (referred to as an ALJ). The Hearing may be in person or via a video conference. One of the most common questions I am asked is - what are my chances of winning? The Disability Judge that hears the case is certainly an important factor. To find out the approval rates for disability judges in Charlotte, North Carolina, click on the link below. Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Charlotte, NC If your disability claim was denied and you [...]

August 1st, 2019|

Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Fayetteville, NC.

Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Fayetteville, North Carolina at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations (OHO). The 2nd appeal in a disability case is a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (referred to as an ALJ). The Hearing may be in person or via a video conference. One of the most common questions I am asked is - what are my chances of winning? The Disability Judge that hears the case is certainly an important factor. To find out the approval rates for all disability judges in Fayetteville, North Carolina, click on the link below. Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Fayetteville, NC OHO. If your disability claim was denied [...]

July 22nd, 2019|

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 employees. * the constant need for new cases and generating revenue. * being a skilled advocate with expertise in the relevant law. * having multiple cases heard in a short [...]

July 25th, 2019|