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Preparing for SSDI Hearing When the Claimant Has Died

2019-06-28T09:26:48-04:00

The loss of a loved one after a long disability can be a difficult time, especially if they were waiting on a disability claim. In most cases, if your loved one filed for disability benefits before their death, their claim can still continue. See how you can help keep it going.

Preparing for SSDI Hearing When the Claimant Has Died2019-06-28T09:26:48-04:00

Drinking, Drugs & Disability: Will Substance Abuse Hurt my Case?

2019-06-28T11:07:04-04:00

The issue of substance abuse can be a complicated one. Abusing drugs or alcohol will make your disability case tougher, but that does not mean you will definitely be denied. In this article we get into how and why substance abuse can bring additional difficulties to claim.

Drinking, Drugs & Disability: Will Substance Abuse Hurt my Case?2019-06-28T11:07:04-04:00

What Happens if I Have a Bad Administrative Law Judge?

2019-06-28T11:08:04-04:00

The internet has dozens of review sites where you can find ratings of restaurants, airlines, mechanics, doctors, and even social security disability judges. A lot of people wonder what happens if they get "bad" judge, and what they can do to prepare.

What Happens if I Have a Bad Administrative Law Judge?2019-06-28T11:08:04-04:00

Appeals Council Remand Rate Plunges

2019-06-28T11:16:48-04:00

Every claimant who is denied at hearing by an ALJ has the right to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, which is a basic safeguard of every claimant’s due process rights. Unfortunately, data released by the Social Security Administration reveals that the number of successful appeals has plummeted over the past eight years.

Appeals Council Remand Rate Plunges2019-06-28T11:16:48-04:00

ALJ Newsletter Compares Hearing Offices to “Sweatshops,” Describes Relationship With ODAR Management as “Acrimonious”

2019-06-28T11:20:35-04:00

In August of 2015, the Association of Administrative Law Judges sent a letter detailing a litany of complaints about ALJ workload and morale in hearing offices around the country. The letter began by describing the deterioration in working conditions in the hearing offices over the past several years in very stark language, and got more pointed from there.

ALJ Newsletter Compares Hearing Offices to “Sweatshops,” Describes Relationship With ODAR Management as “Acrimonious”2019-06-28T11:20:35-04:00