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Monthly Archives: October 2020


Can Social Security Ignore My Doctor’s Opinions Just Because They Were Co-Signed by Another Healthcare Provider?

By Stephen Barszcz |

In January 2017, the Social Security Administration changed its rules governing the evaluation of medical evidence in disability cases. Previously, a Social Security administrative law judge (ALJ) had to give “controlling weight” to the expert opinions of a disability applicant’s treating physician, unless there was objective evidence that justified assigning lesser or no weight…. Read More »

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The Importance of Assessing Your “Past Relevant Work” in a Disability Application

By Stephen Barszcz |

In assessing an application for disability benefits, a Social Security administrative law judge (ALJ) needs to consider both an applicant’s “past relevant work” (PRW) as well as what other jobs they might be able to perform, taking into account any physical or mental impairments. If an applicant can neither return to their PRW nor… Read More »

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