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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What Can I Do to Strengthen My Claim for Social Security Disability Benefits in Charleston?


Get regular medical treatment for your condition(s).

The most important evidence in your Social Security claim is your medical evidence and that is why it is crucial to maintain consistent treatment. In Charleston, an Administrative Law Judge will base his or her decision upon the medical evidence in your file. They will look to see if you have been getting regular treatment for the impairments that you are claiming. If your medical records are not recent or do not accurately reflect your stated medical impairments, it can have a negative effect on your claim. Make sure all of your treatment is documented and up to date.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Social Security Trust Fund Crisis in Charleston is No Crisis


Right now, there is a lot of discussion and debate about the health of the Social Security trust fund in Charleston. And, to help clarify the discussion, it might be helpful to remember that Social Security is split into two funds — one for retirement and survivor benefits, and one for disability.

Social Security Trust Fund Crisis in Charleston is No Crisis

Right now, there is a lot of discussion and debate about the health of the Social Security trust fund in Charleston. And, to help clarify the discussion, it might be helpful to remember that Social Security is split into two funds — one for retirement and survivor benefits, and one for disability.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Preparing for Your Social Security Disability Hearing in Charleston


At your Social Security Disability Hearing in Charleston the ALJ has already reviewed all your medical records. He knows your doctor’s perspective on your condition, now he wants to get your perspective on your condition.

The ALJ will ask you lots of questions in order to get a better idea of your condition and how it affects you. To improve your chances of getting a favorable outcome, you want to be a good witness. Below is a list of 9 things you can do when testifying that will help you be a good witness:

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Medical/Vocational Grids – Charleston


What are “Grids”?
If a person applying for disability benefits in Charleston is found to be unable to return to their past work, then the next question is whether they can do any other work.  If the claimant CAN do other work then they will not be disabled.  If they CANNOT do any other work, then they will be found disabled under Social Security’s rules.  


To answer this question Social Security looks to the Medical-Vocational Guidelines, or “Grids” to see where a claimant falls in regard to the combination of their:

Friday, March 30, 2012

What Happens if I Go Back to Work After Being Awarded Social Security Disability Benefits in Charleston?


The effect returning to work has on your disability benefits depends on whether you receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) in Charleston.