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Monthly Archives: January 2021


What Is Considered a “Legitimate Reason” for Social Security to Ignore My Doctor’s Diagnosis in a Disability Case?

By Stephen Barszcz |

There are legitimate reasons for Social Security to reject the expert opinions of your treating physicians when assessing your application for disability benefits. But these reasons must still be supported by evidence. In other words, a Social Security administrative law judge (ALJ) cannot merely say, “I don’t find your doctor’s diagnosis credible” and send… Read More »

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How Your Need for an Assistive Device Can Affect Your Disability Claim

By Stephen Barszcz |

Many of us require assistive devices to function throughout the day, such as a wheelchair or cane. And if you apply for Social Security disability benefits, the government must consider your need for an assistive device when assessing your “residual functional capacity” (RFC) to work. However, Social Security will only consider assistive devices that… Read More »

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Are SSDI and SSI Benefits Different?

By Stephen Barszcz |

Suffering an injury at work can be one of the most devastating experiences in a person’s life, especially when that injury results in a permanent disability. Although some injuries only result in partial disabilities—allowing the worker to return to his or her job in a limited capacity—while others result in a total disability that… Read More »

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Can My Children or Grandchildren Receive My SSDI Benefits?

By Stephen Barszcz |

Many people who have sustained serious injuries or are suffering from debilitating illnesses still want to be able to provide for their children and their other dependents. For some people, dependents are their minor children or disabled adult children, and sometimes grandchildren are also dependents. If you are planning to file for disability benefits… Read More »

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