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 Importance of Medical Evidence

Claimants who file for Social Security Disability benefits have physical impairments, mental impairments, or a combination of both. The claimant will testify at a hearing about the symptoms related to their medical impairment(s). The claimant’s testimony will be heard by an Administrative Law Judge or “ALJ.” The ALJ will compare the claimant’s testimony to the…


Migraine Headaches May be Assessed as Medical Equivalent of Seizures

Disability claimants are awarded if their medical conditions meet, or are the medical or functional equivalent, of published medical criteria known as “listings.” It requires an opinion statement from a doctor to establish medical equivalence. Unfortunately, there is no listing for migraine headaches. Our firm recently successfully argued that a claimant with migraine headaches was…


Op-Ed on Social Security Disability

The Social Security disability system has a very strict definition of disability. Social Security demands that applicants prove, with objective medical evidence, that their medical conditions prevent the performance of any gainful work on a fulltime basis. For example, a truck driver who is found medically unable to drive his rig may not be disabled…


List of Disability Resources in South Carolina

Whether you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits or appealing a denial, the legal system can be overwhelming and complicated. Here are a few resources we found helpful. Share – 269-0700 Golden Strip Community Center – 967-2022 Disability Action Center – 235-1421 United Ministries – 232-6463 United Way – 467-3333 & 467-3300 Salvation Army –…