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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAW

Joe Whitcomb

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A recent Forbes article highlighted the “curious and confusing” nature of the law regarding the taxation of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.  The words “curious and confusing” weren’t unnecessary commentary by the author; rather, they came directly from a recent decision by the United...
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Do you know how to protect your medical facility from hefty Medicare penalties?A recent healthcare news article out of North Carolina highlighted hefty Medicare penalties that local hospitals may be facing.   Though the article only discusses local institutions, the issues illuminated are faced by...
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A recent Pennsylvania appellate case permitted a nursing home facility to arbitrate the negligence healthcare claims against it.  Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which includes arbitration, has risen as a strong alternative to the court system.  The healthcare attorneys at Whitcomb Law, P.C....
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Can social media hurt your disability claim?  Yes, your disability claim can be seriously impacted by your social media presence. Recent statistics show that approximately 57% of all adults in the United States are Facebook users.  Reasons cited for using the platform range from a desire to keep up...
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The Social Security benefits attorneys at the Rocky Mountain Disability Law Group came across an interesting article this week.  The Washington Times reported that “House Republicans signaled this week they will pressure the Social Security Administration to crack down on administrative law judges...
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Which Social Security benefit is appropriate for your situation?  You’ve heard of Social Security. You’ve heard of Disability. You’ve heard of Social Security Disability. You’ve heard of Supplemental Security Income. Your head is spinning. Are they different words for the same concept? Are they all...
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On a number of occasions, I have been faced with the doctrine of Res Judicata and Administrative Finality in dealing with the question of whether I could reopen a prior claim.  It is fairly common knowledge that an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has discretion to reopen a prior claim for "good...
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As a Social Security disability attorney, I find myself faced with instances when an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) denies my client disability benefits after a hearing, because he or she found that the claimant failed to follow a prescribed treatment.  In a recent decision I appealed to the 10th...
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What should you say at your Social Security hearing?  When you go before an administrative law judge (ALJ) for your Social Security hearing, it helps to know how to best communicate with the judge. I always give my clients three rules to follow:
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The most frequent question I'm asked  is "How long will I wait for a Social Security hearing?" Today, I want to give a tool through the Social Security website on how you can answer that question. We'll start out with a Google search and type in "ALJ disposition data." You can see it starts to...
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