Social Security Administration Publishes New Regulations Regarding Submission of Evidence

Starting April 20, 2015, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will require disability claimants to submit any written evidence no later than five business days before the date of their scheduled hearing. It also requires representatives to submit all known evidence that relates to whether the person is disabled – whether it is supportive of disability…


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How to Dress for Success at Your Disability Hearing

When you have a hearing coming up in your Social Security Disability case, you need to present yourself to the administrative law judge in the right way. This, after all, is one of the most important moments in your case. It’s your chance to explain persuasively how your health problems keep you from working and…


Why Age Is So Important In Deciding Whether A Person Is Disabled

We are sometimes asked why a person’s age is so important in determining whether that person is disabled. The reason has to do with certain rules that the agency uses to help judges be more consistent in their decision-making, known as Medical —Vocational Rules, or grid rules. The underlying premise of these rules is that…


Hearing Delays Likely to Worsen Under Proposed 2018 Federal Budget

The proposed 2018 federal budget that the President is sending to Congress cuts the budget for the Department of Health and Human Services by 12.6%, amounting to $16 billion. These budget cuts are likely to cause further downsizing of staff at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, where disability cases are heard, and the field…


Injured While Commuting to or from Work?

Injuries occurring either commuting to work or coming home from work are not generally compensable. However, the South Carolina case law has carved out several exceptions when workers compensation will cover injuries sustained while traveling to or from work. The five exceptions include: The employer provides transportation or the time is paid for or included…