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Free Lecture Outline for August 3, 2010 at Center Place in Brandon: The Basics of Social Security Disability

THE BASICS OF SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY I. Introduction: History II. The Application Basics III. The Claims Process IV. Tips On Pursuing The Claim The Speaker: David W. Magann, Esquire Training / Education/Background: United States Marine Corps Veteran Criminology Degree from The University of South Florida Law Degree from The University of Miami Law Intern with...
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The Need to Submit All Medical Evidence: It is the Claimant’s/Representative’s Job!

Continually we meet with claimants who have been previously represented and find that important medical evidence was not obtained in order to win the previous claim. Time and time again with especially untrained and incompetent non-attorney representatives this theme of not obtaining medical evidence, when it could of and should of been sent into to...
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Avoid These “Non-Attorney” Representatives: TOP 5 – BEWARE AND AVOID

At the many hearing offices that we visit it is both sad and astonishing to see how unprepared, blissfully ignorant and lax many representatives are before going in front of the Judge. For example, if a representative has never seen you, the claimant, before the hearing, this is a red flag that indicates you should...
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You should NOT have a non-attorney clerk at your hearing?

There are non-attorney representatives who can represent you at the hearing which first came into being because the SSA Disability process was established to allow access to all in an informal manner. However, informal or not your Social Security Hearing is often the “final chapter” of a three year or more long battle. In other...
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Higher Rates of Disability Applications Before Retirement? A likely Outlook

The decline of pensions and Social Security Retirement now being “pushed back” is creating a liability or a likely outlook that Social Security Disability applications will be on the rise. For example, individuals born after 1959 will now have to wait until age 67 to receive full benefits from Social Security. Many people believe Social...
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SSA Disability Application Involving Drugs & Alcohol Abuse: Problems?

Since 1996, the Social Security Act has precluded a finding of “disabled” if there is a finding that DAA is a contributing factor material to the determination of disability.  The 1996 changes further narrowed a 1994 statutory amendment that imposed a time-limit on receipt of benefits if there was a DAA “material” finding.  It is...
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