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  • Using Social Security's Listing of Impairments to Obtain Benefits

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 21-Feb-2017

    By: James Crytzer The Social Security Administration uses what is known as the five-step sequential process for determining whether an individual is disabled for purposes of obtaining benefits. These steps include the following: Step 1. Is the claimant working? If so, is the claimant working at the SGA (Substantial gainful Activity) limit or over? If so, subject to some exceptions, the claim will ...
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  • What Should I Expect at my Social Security Disability Hearing

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 17-Feb-2017

    By: James T. Crytzer After being denied at both the Initial and Reconsideration Levels, your case will proceed (if appealed) to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). The ALJ will be responsible for reviewing the entirety of your file, and soliciting testimony from the claimant and experts. If you have reached this stage, it is absolutely critical to be represented by an ...
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  • Federal Workplace Laws are Failing Injured Employees

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 29-Jan-2016

    Kevin Schiller is one of millions of workers who don’t have state-regulated workers’ compensation to turn to when they are injured at work. After more than 20 years on the job as a building engineer for Macy’s department stores, Schiller's career unexpectedly ended when a mannequin fell on him from the top of a 12-foot high shelf, causing him to hit his head first into a ...
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  • What is the Disability Reconsideration Appeal?

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 22-Dec-2015

    After a person is denied access to social security disability benefits or an SSI disability claim, they have the right to appeal the decision. The first level of appeal is referred to as the disability reconsideration. After this type of appeal has been filed, the social security disability administration will examine your second disability claim to determine whether the decision for your first ...
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  • 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits

    Posted By Shook & Stone, Chtd. || 14-Sep-2015

    Social Security can be a confusing topic for many, and indeed, it can be a rather complex system to navigate. For the benefit of our clients, we have identified five frequently asked questions about Social Security Disability benefits. Who is eligible for SSD benefits ? People who have worked long enough at a job that is covered under the provisions of the Social Security Act, and who have made ...
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  • Justice Department Approves Retroactive Social Security Benefits for Gay Couples

    Posted By Shook & Stone, Chtd. || 24-Aug-2015

    Same-sex married couples from states that did not recognize their marriages were finally able to begin collecting social security benefits last week. The Social Security Administration will now retroactively be applying the Obergefell v. Hodges decision to couples with pending claims who were married before the SCOTUS decision and who lived in states that previously did not recognize same-sex ...
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  • Same-Sex Marriage & Social Security

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 29-Jun-2015

    This past Friday, the United States became the 21 st nation and the most populated country to legalize same-sex marriage. Although gay marriage has been a divisive issue and will likely continue to spark political conflict, it is now legal in all 50 states, including Nevada. With the legalization of same-sex marriage, gay married couples will now become eligible for many federal benefits. Same-sex ...
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  • Uber Driver is an Employee, California Labor Commission Rules

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 17-Jun-2015

    In a ruling from the Golden State, the California Labor Commission found that a San Francisco-based Uber driver should be classified as an employee of the rise-hailing company, rather than an independent contractor. The ruling could set a precedent during a time when ride-hailing services are becoming increasingly popular. Here are some details about the ruling: The ruling, made in March and ...
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  • Social Security Military Credits

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 15-Jun-2015

    The Social Security Administration has amended some of their regulations as they pertain to military service. Their new bulletin, which can be viewed at the Social Security Administration website, will help explain how your military service can apply to your Social Security retirement or disability. Active duty service between 1957 and 2001 has been amended to allow for extra earning to be ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Supplemental Security Income

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 27-Jun-2014

    The first thing you need to know is that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not the same as Social Security disability (SSD) insurance. While both are government aid programs through the U.S. Social Security Administration, they both perform different functions. Below are the basic facts you should know about SSI. Disabled people who do not qualify for SSD may qualify for SSI. SSI is funded by ...
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  • What is a Social Security "Disability?"

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 25-Apr-2014

    In order to collect social security disability benefits, you must have a qualifying "disability." The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that a disability is a limitation caused by mental or physical impairment that keeps a person from working. The Social Security Administration uses a similar definition; It says that disability "is based on your inability to work." You may ...
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  • Vocational Expert Testimony

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 16-May-2013

    If you do not agree with a decision reached by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or want to dispute a denied claim for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, you have the right to appeal by requesting a reconsideration. If this reconsideration is denied, the next step in the appeal process is to request a hearing that will be overseen by an administrative law judge (ALJ). Disability ...
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  • Working and SSA Benefits

    Posted By Nevada Personal Injury Lawyer || 30-Apr-2013

    When you apply for Social Security benefits, whether it be Disability Income, Supplemental Security Income or Widower's Benefits, any work you perform for wages after your file your case must be explained at the hearing. The reason for this is simple: when you apply for disability you are telling the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you are unable to work, so it follows that if you do ...
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  • Not Your First Time?

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 1-Mar-2013

    Many claimants file multiple applications for disability benefits when they are no longer able to work. However, for whatever reason, they do not follow up on the first application, or maybe even the second application. It is not until they fully understand the process that they realize that they can appeal the initial and reconsideration determinations and request a hearing with an administrative ...
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  • Social Security Representation With vs. Without an Attorney

    Posted By Las Vegas Injury Lawyer || 12-Feb-2013

    Social Security disability (SSD) is an area of administrative law. By its very nature, a person does not have to be a practicing attorney or even a licensed professional to represent someone in their SSD matter before an administrative law judge (ALJ) or otherwise handle a claim. However, this is an area of the law that is highly sophisticated. Social Security is a federal program, and therefore ...
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  • No More Paper Checks for the Social Security Administration

    Posted By Las Vegas Injury Attorney || 25-May-2011

    The U.S. Treasury Department has implemented a new rule to phase out paper checks for federal benefit and non-tax payments by March 1, 2013, according to The Boston Globe. This includes payments from the Social Security Administration, Office of Personnel Management, Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor and Railroad Retirement Board. Replacing the paper check system will be an electronic direct ...
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  • Who Can Get Social Security Disability Benefits in Nevada?

    Posted By Shook & Stone, Chtd. || 18-May-2011

    Generally put, you qualify for monthly Social Security Disability Income/Insurance (SSDI) benefits if you worked in a job or jobs covered by Social Security and you have a medical condition that Social Security considers a disability. This seems simple, but very specific definitions accompany the two aforementioned requirements, and can complicate your application process. If you have become ...
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