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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…

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Case Highlights: Kiefer v. Commissioner of Social Security

Balin Law knows from experience that all people from all walks of life are affected by disability, and their proven track record of earning victories for clients that span multiple age ranges shows their versatility as a firm and their resolve as attorneys. In the case of Kiefer v. Commissioner of Social Security, 2014 WL 66717 (N.D. Ohio…

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Case Highlights: Anthony v. Commissioner of Social Security

We recently wrote about denied disability claims and Balin Law’s proficiency at overturning decisions made by an administrative law judge (ALJ). This entry in our Case Highlights series – Anthony v. Commissioner of Social Security, 2014 WL 4249782 (N.D. Ohio Aug 27, 2014) – looks at a claimant who filed for Social Security Insurance and Disability Insurance Benefits in…

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What is a consultative exam and why does Social Security want one?

Occasionally, Social Security may determine the evidence provided by a claimant’s medial sources is inadequate to rule whether a disability claim is valid or not. In these situations, additional medical information may be sought by reaching out to the treating source for additional information or clarification, or by ordering a “consultative exam.” What is a Consultative…

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How to prepare for your first hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

We know the disability claims process can be stressful not just for claimants, but every friend and family member involved in the proceedings. At Balin Law, we’re more than just your attorneys; we’re your partners, and we understand preparation is crucial in ensuring a claimant has the highest chance of success when filing for disability. The Role…

Balin Law excels in recent fibromyalgia case victories
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Balin Law excels in recent fibromyalgia case victories

Clients suffering from fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues, can make for a notoriously challenging case for disability attorneys to tackle. That challenge has never deterred Balin Law attorneys, evidenced by Paulette Balin’s and Matt Shupe’s numerous victories in the United State District Court on behalf…