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Treating Physician's Role Diluted at Disability Hearings  (April 1, 2020)

An important part of disability law - and your own health needs - is reliance upon the advice of your physician. Their medical opinions are vital, both personally and from a legal standpoint. Until recently, your doctor's medical opinion on your limitations and abilities was given high priority, or a presumption of validity in legal jurisprudence. More recently however, the current administration and the Social Security Administration have reduced the value of your treating physician's opinions. SSA now can substitute the opinion of a consulting doctor who may examine you once, or perform a simple paper review of your medical records. More...

Coronavirus Update for Our Clients  (April 1, 2020)

Update April 2020 : We are glad to report that most all of our client's legal proceedings are still moving forward, and our office is fully functioning. We recognize how difficult this crisis is for our clientele and are here to help. You, our clients, remain our top priority. We are very grateful for the hard work by our staff and our attorneys. More...

Food As Medicine Produce Distribution  (February 28, 2020)

Food as Medicine is a free produce distribution program through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in collaboration with health care facilities to improve health and wellbeing by giving access to healthy food. NEON (Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services) has six different locations where produce is distributed. More...

Andrew Margolius and Marcia Margolius Recognized as Super Lawyers in 2020  (December 24, 2019)

Congratulations to Andrew Margolius and Marcia Margolius for their selection by Super Lawyers in 2020. Andrew Margolius has been recognized in the area of employment law, and Marcia Margolius has been recognized in the area of Social Security. More...

Compassionate Allowance  (July 2, 2019)

The Social Security Administration allows for quick hearings or an on-the-record decision without a hearing for what is vaguely described as a compassionate allowance. These cases are often difficult to identify and prove. More...

Critical Illness Cases Can Be Expedited  (June 8, 2019)

There is also a way to get a quicker hearing date if a claimant has a critical illness. This occurs when a claimant’s illness is terminal and referred to as a “TERI case” (short for Terminally ill). In this instances the inevitably the claimant will end up passing away. More...

Dire Need Cases  (May 8, 2019)

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is well aware of how incredibly long it takes to schedule a hearing for someone asserting disability. Disability applicants often have to wait a year and a half for this hearing, even while their funds are disappearing, they are hurting, and bills are stacking up. More...

Disability and Facebook  (April 12, 2019)

Recent articles indicate that the Trump Administration is expanding Social Security’s ability and funding to look at a disability applicant’s Facebook or social media accounts. This, however, is nothing new as Social Security has always been able to investigate issues like this. However, there is now more of a focus on this “evidence.” More...

Claims Designated as “Critical” at the Hearing Level (Dire Need)  (January 14, 2016)

The wait for a hearing with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) can be a long one. We hope for quick hearing dates but often must wait until the judge sets it up on his or her calendar and that can take months. Presently, in the Cleveland ODAR office, claimants can expect a hearing approximately sixteen months after a hearing is requested. More...

Procedure and What Happens at a Social Security Disability Hearing?  (January 7, 2016)

If your initial application for Social Security disability benefits is denied, you will typically file an appeal (called a Request for Reconsideration). If that appeal is denied, you must then attend a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, who will then decide if you are disabled. More...

New Federal Court Decision  (June 18, 2015)

In May of 2015 a national publication of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) published the MM&A case involving a District Court’s reversal for violating the “Treating Physician Rule”. More...

Blood Disorders Can Form Disabling Basis For Receipt of Disability Benefits  (May 7, 2015)

Blood disorders frequently require blood transfusions and or hospitalization and often cause crippling fatigue. More...

The Importance of Your Doctor's Opinion in the Social Security Disability System  (April 27, 2015)

One of our best weapons for obtaining social security benefits is the opinion of your doctor. More...

Can I work while my application for disability is pending with the Social Security Administration?  (April 13, 2015)

A common dilemma for people applying for disability is financial. How are they supposed to meet their family’s basic survival needs if their condition prevents them from working? More...

Asthma and Disability  (April 8, 2014)

The Social Security Administration provides for disability benefits in some circumstances involving respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, etc., may be disabling. More...

Disability and the Failure to Follow Prescribed Medical Treatment, or Inability to Access Medical Treatment.  (April 1, 2014)

How does the Social Security Administration address situations where an individual has a disability, but does not follow prescribed medical treatment, or who does not obtain treatment due to inability to afford care and due to a lack of health insurance? Social Security Regulation (“SSR”) 82-59 addresses these situations. More...

2014 Proposed Changes Affecting Claimants Pursuing Social Security Disability  (March 25, 2014)

The Social Security Administration has recently proposed changes to the Listings of Impairments. One way for claimants to prove disability is to meet or equal the specific criteria identified in the Listing for their medical condition. More...

The Social Security Administration issued a press release on Wednesday February 19th announcing a new expedited disability process for Veterans filing for Social Security Disability.  (March 18, 2014)

The Social Security Administration issued a press release on Wednesday February 19th announcing a new expedited disability process for Veterans filing for Social Security Disability. The plan is for the expedited process is scheduled to commence mid-March 2014. More...

Individuals who suffer from lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) may be entitled to disability benefits under Social Security Listing 14.02.  (March 11, 2014)

Individuals who suffer from lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) may be entitled to disability benefits under Social Security Listing 14.02. More...

If you are 55 years old or older and can no longer perform your past job, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  (March 5, 2014)

Social Security’s regulations contain medical-vocational guidelines(also know as “the Grids”) that consider a person’s age, education and work experience along with his or her medical conditions when determining disability. More...