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Monthly Archives: May 2020


How an Obscure Provision of the Constitution May Affect Your Disability Case

By Stephen Barszcz |

If Social Security denies your initial claim for disability benefits–which is sadly, a common occurrence–you have the right to ask for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). An ALJ is not a judge in the conventional sense, i.e., they are not part of the judiciary. Rather, ALJs are employees of the Social… Read More »

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Panic Disorders and Social Security Disability Benefits

By Stephen Barszcz |

Individuals with mental disorders often face additional challenges when pursuing Social Security disability benefits. Social Security officials are often skeptical of the true impact such disorders have on a person’s ability to work. And even when confronted with sound medical evidence, the agency may still try and defend a decision to deny benefits. A… Read More »

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Why Your “Activities of Daily Living” Matter When It Comes to Applying for Disability Benefits

By Stephen Barszcz |

Disability benefits are designed to help those people unable to work due to a physical or mental impairment. When assessing a disability application, however, Social Security will ask you about your “activities of daily living” (ADLs). This broadly refers to your ability to perform (or not perform) common non-work related tasks, such as preparing… Read More »

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