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…

201505.18
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How should I answer questions during a hearing with an ALJ?

We recently wrote about the importance of preparing for your first hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). Preparing your answers to the ALJ’s questions is only half the battle; answering truthfully is the important part. The Social Security Administration does a nice job detailing the ALJ’s responsibilities where claimant testimony is concerned: The ALJ determines the…

201504.03
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Lay Witnesses and Your Disability Claim

While a disabled person has the best understanding of how they feel, a spouse, relative or close friend may also be privy to a disabled person’s day-to-day challenges. Since this third party can provide additional insight into a claimant’s lifestyle, he or she can be a very valuable lay witness when it comes to a…

201411.28
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Disability Claims and Federal Court

Last time, we talked about what happens when you receive an unfavorable or partially favorable decision from an ALJ and the option to appeal to the Appeals Council. If, after a lengthy review, the AC still denies your claim, you have the option to appeal to Federal Court. Like with any other disability or SSI…

201301.23
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What Is Past Relevant Work?

Your Past Relevant Work (PRW) is defined by SSA as work that you have done within the past 15 years, that was substantial gainful activity (SGA), and that lasted long enough for you to learn to do it. It is considered in the fourth step of determining disability in the Five-Step Sequential Process. This blog…

201212.07
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What is the Appeals Council?

When a disability claimant goes before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at a hearing and subsequently receives an unfavorable decision, this does not necessarily mean this is the end of the claim. If a disability claimant and/or his representative feel the ALJ made any errors in his judgment, that unfavorable decision can actually be appealed…

201211.30
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Social Security Field Offices Change Their Hours

Beginning November 19th, 2012, SSA field offices have changed their public hours from 9am-3:30pm to 9am-3:00pm. However, this doesn’t mean SSA employees get to go home a half-hour early! Rather, it is an attempt to help them catch up with other work such as conducting application interviews and processing paperwork. Due to the impact of…