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Monthly Archives: November 2015

CLAIMANT’S FAILURE TO REPORT SIDE EFFECTS

I have been asked if a claimant’s failure to report side effects are a valid basis for finding that the claimant is not credible.   Often, the time spent between the patient and medical provider is short and there is very little time to convey or record some of the problems with side effects of medication. […]

FAVORABLE DECISION: SSDI ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE

Usually an alcohol or drug abuse issue is the death knell to a Social Security Disability Case. In a recent case that we won, there was such an issue. I cannot go into particulars but suffice it to say that when a claimant kicks the habit and continues to go see his or her physicians, […]

IS THERE A CAP ON THE NUMBER OF DISPOSITIONS PER YEAR PER ALJ?

  Yes   CONGRESS SEEMS TO THINK THAT THE HIGHER THE DISPOSITION RATES AF AN ALJ, THE HIGHER THE ALLOWANCE RATES, SO WHAT IS THE CAP?   The cap is 720/year. Once an ALJ decides 720 cases, he or she can just go fishing. Unfortunately, there are systemic problems with keeping an active and effective […]