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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What To Expect From The Vocational Expert At Your Disability Hearing

At your disability hearing, there will be a vocational expert, to help the judge understand how your limitations might affect your ability to work. Sometimes the vocational expert is in the room, and sometimes he is on the telephone. Though the vocational expert is often referred to as “doctor,” he is not a medical doctor.…


Social Security Administration Seizure Listings Revised Effective Sept. 29, 2016

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has revised its neurological listings, effective Sept. 29, 2016. The listing for Epilepsy has been significantly reorganized. The current listing distinguishes between convulsive epilepsy (grand mal or psychomotor) and nonconvulsive epilepsy (petit mal, psychomotor, or focal). Under the current listing, if convulsive epileptic seizures occur monthly, in spite of three…


New Social Security Rule for Assessing Subjective Complaints and Symptoms

Effective March 28, 2016, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has published a new rule for the evaluation of symptoms in disability claims. Social Security Ruling 16-3p clarifies that judges are not to assess your personal character; but instead, are to assess how consistent your subjective complaints of pain and other symptoms are with the other…