Disability Law Blog2018-02-06T11:34:32+00:00

Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Raleigh, North Carolina

Data on Approvals and Denials by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations (OHO) in Raleigh, North Carolina. 9/30/2017 - 7/27/2018. The 2nd appeal available to an individual who has been denied disability benefits is a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (often 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 Judge that hears the case is certainly an important factor. To find out the approval and denial rates for all ALJs in Raleigh, North Carolina, click on the link below. Raleigh, NC OHO - Data on Approvals [...]

September 6th, 2018|

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 winding its way through the appeal process. I respond to this question as follows: First, if you work and average earning more than $1,180 per month (in 2018), you are [...]

July 25th, 2018|

How do Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits differ from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits? (updated April 6, 2018)

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. […]

April 6th, 2018|

Degenerative Disc Disease and Social Security Disability

Updated March 9, 2018. 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. […]

March 9th, 2018|

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 manuscript for my presentation is set forth below. […]

December 10th, 2017|

Its a Matter of Life and Death

According to an article published in the Washington Post on November 20, 2017, 10,002 people died in fiscal year 2017 while waiting on a disability judge’s decision. One of those individuals was my client Joseph Tyson. […]

November 21st, 2017|

Pancreatitis and Social Security disability

Pancreatitis is a disorder involving the pancreas that causes severe, debilitating abdominal pain. It is impossible to work while one is stricken with acute pancreatitis. This article discusses how a person with pancreatitis can obtain Social Security disability benefits. […]

February 19th, 2018|