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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The Four-Word Expression to Avoid Using at Your Social Security Hearing

Having represented thousands of Social Security claimants in hearings, I have concluded that one expression, above all, is the most despised by Administrative Law Judges. The express is: “It’s been a while.” This vague evasion almost always undercuts your credibility as a witness. This is what we hear: When is the last time you were…


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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has published a standard for evaluating disability claims based upon intellectual deficiencies (formerly referred to as mental retardation). In all cases of intellectual disability, the person claiming benefits must prove deficits in adaptive functioning which were evident before the age of 22. Deficits in adaptive functioning normally refer to limitations…