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…

201504.20
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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…

201503.27
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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…

201503.13
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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…

201501.23
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The Advantages of Local Representation

Should I hire a local lawyer? If you watch any amount of daytime TV, you’ve probably seen several ads for disability attorneys. These disability attorneys boast about their unparalleled ability to litigate or the level of personalized and dedicated representation with which they plan on providing you. Some of these attorneys may be local with…

201501.16
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House Passes Rules Restricting Discussion of Trust Fund Rebalancing

Aging and disability organizations suffered a big loss January 6 when when House Resolution 5 passed, a Social Security provision which prevents voting or discussion on reallocating the trust fund. These critical reallocations have taken place 11 times since 1968. According to the LA Times, the disability program’s trust fund may run dry as early…

201501.09
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Balin attorney Matt Shupe earns Super Lawyers Rising Star award

Super Lawyers, a rating service for lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, has named Balin Law attorney Matt Shupe to their Ohio Rising Stars 2015 list. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers statewide were selected. Congratulations, Matt! Check out his Super Lawyers page here.

201501.02
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Balin Law: 2014 Year in Review

We’ve touched on myriad topics this year, from our work aiding veterans struggling with disability claims to our rapid response to the Social Security Administration’s changing video teleconferencing (VTC) laws. Read on for our top 10 posts from last year from the Balin Law blog. Click on each headline for a link to that story. 1. Balin…

201412.26
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Honesty, Compliance, and Side Effects: How Medical Records Tell Your Story

In past blog entries, we touched upon the importance of continuous medical treatment as well as the importance of being honest with SSA. Today, we will look at the importance of being honest with your doctor, your relationship with your doctor, how this affects your medical records and subsequently, your disability claim.   3 Important…