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

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 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. […]

October 3rd, 2018|

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|

SSI Regulations (updated 9/7/17)

In order to be eligible for SSI disability benefits, an individual must meet Resource and Income limits set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If the limits are not met, the individual can NOT receive benefits even if he or she is disabled. A summary of the regulations is set forth below. […]

January 9th, 2018|

Reasons for Appeals Council Remands

If a disability Judge (referred to as an ALJ) denies your case, you may appeal by filing a Request for Review by Social Security’s Appeals Council (AC). You do not appear before the AC. Your attorney will send a legal argument to the AC which will review the entire record. If the AC finds your appeal has merit, it will order another Hearing be held. It is unusual for the AC to directly award disability benefits. […]

January 9th, 2018|

Fayetteville ODAR long delays

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) based in Fayetteville, North Carolina is experiencing extremely long delays in holding disability hearings. The cause for this delay is a shortage of administrative law judges (ALJs). […]

January 9th, 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. […]

January 9th, 2018|
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