Update From RGG Law: Congressional Budget Deal Prolongs Life Of Disability Trust Fund

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According to multiple new reports and official statements from the Social Security Administration, RGG Law has learned that the recently approved “budget deal” negotiated between Congressional leaders and the President has, at least in the short term, averted a potential catastrophe in which the Social Security Disability Trust Fund was expected to run short of funds and default on benefit … Read More

Answers From a Disability Attorney: What Is Substantial Gainful Activity?

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When the Social Security Administration considers a disability claim, their decision-makers use a five-step sequential evaluation process. See, 20. C.F.R. 404.1520 in the Code of Federal Regulations. Here, disability attorney Sam Coring will explain substantial gainful activity. Step one of that process is determining if the claimant (person applying for disability benefits) is engaged in “substantial gainful activity,” or what is … Read More

RGG Law Attorney Sam Coring Admitted to Kansas District Court

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RGG Law Attorney Sam Coring was recently admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. This means Mr. Coring may represent clients as an attorney in the federal courts located in the State of Kansas. Coring and other RGG Law bankruptcy and disability lawyers have long represented Kansas residents in administrative hearings regarding … Read More

RGG Law On Drugs, Alcohol and Disability

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The attorneys at RGG Law will inform you that the Social Security Administration does NOT recognize drug addiction or alcoholism as qualifying medical disorders for purposes of receiving disability benefits. While there was a time when such a diagnosis could form part of a viable disability claim, Congress amended the Social Security Act in 1996 to specifically forbid payments of … Read More

From RGG Law: Updated ALJ Decision Data Online

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The Social Security Administration has published updated data online regarding decisions by Administrative Law Judges across the country on its official website at www.ssa.gov. According to the latest posting, the information is current as of September 26, 2015. The data is available on both “html” and “xml” formats. The most direct link for ALJ decision data is here. Another option … Read More

A Disability Attorney’s Advice on Private Disability Policy Rules

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Some disabled workers are fortunate to have short term or long term disability policies, or both, as an employer-provided benefit provided by their last employer. Others have purchased such private disability insurance on their own for various reasons. These policies can help disabled workers as they work with a disability attorney to file for Social Security. Unfortunately, not many are … Read More

A Disability Attorney’s Advice on Medication Side Effects

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As bad as an underlying medical condition may be in terms of limiting a person’s ability to function in the workplace, an often overlooked aspect of such cases is the impact of required medications and their side effects on a person’s work-related functioning. Even if an underlying medical problem is controlled by medication, a person taking certain medications may well … Read More

Disability Attorneys Help Improve the Chances of Your Disability Case

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The website www.disabilityjudges.com publishes information about both average hearing wait times and approval rates on Social Security disability cases. As disability attorneys, it’s our job to stay abreast this information because it relates to you. This information is broken down by specific hearing locations and by specific Administrative Law Judges all across the United States. According to the website, nationally, … Read More