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IMPORTANT: Medical Care During Pandemic

Posted on June 3rd, 2020 by Francis Jackson

Approval of an application for Social Security benefits is almost entirely dependent upon the content and source of the medical records. Medical charts are the core evidence used to decide every disability application at every level of the application and appeal process. We work closely with our clients to make certain they understand that it […]

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Rating SSA’s “4 Questions” is Art, Not Science

Posted on March 16th, 2020 by Francis Jackson

In a recent newsletter, we described the four key questions being used by Social Security to evaluate the severity of a range of medical problems. While these questions were initially used in mental impairment claims, SSA spread their use to virtually all neurological conditions and to many other medical impairments. Briefly the four questions are: […]

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How To Win Claims For Chronic Headaches

Posted on January 2nd, 2020 by Francis Jackson

Headaches can be debilitating. Clients typically describe severe headache pain in the most desperate terms – including one claimant who would bang his head against the wall to try to eliminate the crushing migraine pain. Severe chronic headache pain can make sustaining full time work impossible and be the basis for disability benefits. Social Security […]

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Social Security 2019 COLA Adds Little

Posted on December 3rd, 2019 by Francis Jackson

Each year, Social Security benefits are adjusted based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the 3rd quarter of the prior year through the 3rd quarter of the current year. This year, beneficiaries will be receiving an increase of 1.6 percent for 2020. Sadly, this hardly feels sufficient to keep up with […]

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New SSA Ruling on Obesity

Posted on November 4th, 2019 by Francis Jackson

In its ongoing efforts to revise and refine the guidance given to Judges and Adjudicators on how to determine total disability, the Social Security Administration has again revised its analysis of obesity and its impact on the ability to sustain work activity. Historically, Social Security clearly felt that severe obesity was a critical issue and […]

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