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Disability Law Blog2019-07-24T13:04:18+00:00

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|

Neurofibromatosis

“Neurofibromatosis Type 2 is a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors in the nervous system. The most common tumors associated with neurofibromatosis type 2 are called vestibular schwannomas or acoustic neuromas. These growths develop along the nerve that carries information from the inner ear to the brain (the auditory nerve). […]

January 9th, 2018|

Bipolar Disorder

One type of mental illness is Bipolar Disorder. It is also often referred to as Manic Depressive Disorder. This illness is characterized by wide mood swings, ranging from a deep depression to a very high energy state called mania. […]

January 9th, 2018|

An Update on the Appeals Council

When a claim for Social Security disability benefits is denied by an Administrative Law Judge, the individual can file an appeal to the Appeals Council of the Social Security Administration. […]

January 9th, 2018|

Why do disability cases take so long?

One of the greatest frustrations my clients experience is the length of time it takes to get a decision in their disability case. It usually takes 4 – 6 months to get a decision on the application, 2 – 6 months to get a decision on the 1st appeal, and 22 – 30 months to get a decision by a disability judge. […]

January 9th, 2018|

How long will my disability case take? An update

I get asked this question a lot. The length of time it takes to get a decision in a Social Security disability case depends on several factors. The time period varies year to year as the total number of disability cases under review changes each year. The time period varies from state to state and office to office. Further, the type of disability case you have can affect how long it takes to review it. Some cases are more complicated than others. […]

January 9th, 2018|