New SSA Regulations Means Your Attorney Can’t Withdraw Right before the Hearing
Disability
Joel Thrift

New SSA Regulations Means Your Attorney Can’t Withdraw Right before the Hearing

The Social Security Administration passed new regulations on when your attorney can withdraw from your Social Security Disability case. Previously, attorneys and non-attorney representatives could essentially withdraw from your case whenever they wanted to withdraw under social security’s rules. Attorneys still had to comply with State Bar rules that make

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Trump Says He Gets to Choose ALJs
Disability
Joel Thrift

Trump Says He Gets to Choose ALJs

Previously, Administrative Law Judges were chosen through a long process put together by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Potential judges would take a bunch of examinations and were ranked based on score. Federal agencies could then interview the candidates with the highest scores (this is an over simplification but

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What can you do to get your Social Security hearing sooner?
Disability
Joel Thrift

What can you do to get your Social Security hearing sooner?

In rare circumstances you can have your case designated as critical and cut in line. Social Security will let you cut in line based on a VA rating, a dire need, a terminal illness, or compassionate allowance. If the VA has found you 100 percent permanently and totally disabled, you

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Should I object to a Video Hearing
Disability
Joel Thrift

Should I object to a Video Hearing

One of the first forms you will get in the mail is a form asking if you consent to a video teleconference (VTC) rather than seeing a judge in person. If you do not object to a VTC, it’s possible that your hearing will be on a video screen with

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Can I get Social Security Disability for my perthes disease?
Disability
Joel Thrift

Can I get Social Security Disability for my perthes disease?

Can I get Social Security Disability for my perthes disease? Yes, you can. There are two ways to get Social Security Disability for your perthes disease. The first way is to show that you meet Social Security’s specific listing on perthes disease and the second way is to show that

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How to File a Social Security Disability Application?
Disability
Joel Thrift

How to File a Social Security Disability Application?

You have three options for filing your social security disability application: online, on the phone, or at your local office. It’s up to you what method you use, but I’ll outline the pros and cons of each below. If you choose to apply online, simply go to https://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/ and follow the instructions.

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What to Do Before You File for Social Security Disability
Disability
Joel Thrift

What to Do Before You File for Social Security Disability

Step One – Prepare Before You File You might think the first step in a disability case is to file the application, but that would be like running a marathon before you put your shoes on. Before you file, you need to get prepared. Preparation at its most basic level

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