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Social Security Changes: Treating Physician Rule and Acceptable Medical Source

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Social Security Changes: Elimination of Treating Physician Rule & Definition of “Acceptable Medical Source” The Social Security Administration recently announced the repeal of the well-known and long standing treating physician rule. The treating physician rule offered certain procedural safeguards to individuals applying for disability benefits under any of Social Security’s programs. What is the treating…

201604.04
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How To File For Social Security Disability Benefits

Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits You sustain an crippling injury. Or maybe you or your child are diagnosed with a chronic debilitating illness. Or maybe time has caught up with you and you can no longer do what you used to do either physically or mentally or both. Your limitations are mounting and you struggle…

201603.24
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Explained: The Difference Between Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

What is the difference between SSD and SSI? Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSD”) are based upon an individual’s work record. A “quarter of coverage” is the basic unit of Social Security coverage used in determining a worker’s insured status. As an individual works and pays Social Security taxes, they are able to earn one…

201507.06
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The Importance of Your Alleged Onset Date (AOD)

The date you became unable to work is one of the most important pieces of information you tell  the Social Security Administration when you file a claim for disability. The SSA will be looking at that date very carefully to determine why you chose it. How do I choose an onset date? If you stopped working a job…

201506.22
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When will I find out if I won my case?

As taxing as hearings with an administrative law judge (ALJ) can be, sometimes the wait for a verdict to render is just as – if not more – trying.   Unfortunately, there’s no set timetable for ALJs when it comes to reaching a decision. Each judge adheres to his or her own schedule that neither attorneys…

201506.16
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Balin attorneys to appear on Legal Lines on WERE AM 1490

Balin Law founder Paulette Balin and disability litigation attorney Andrew November will appear on Legal Lines Saturday, June 20 at 9 a.m. on WERE AM 1490. Broadcast throughout Northeast Ohio, Legal Lines covers cutting edge and newsworthy legal issues and tackles tough questions with guests ranging from Senatorial candidates to current and former Ohio Supreme…