“How Much Can You Lift?”: Avoid the “John Wayne” syndrome

A critical question in assessing your disability is how much you can lift and carry, both on a “frequent” basis (2/3rds of the workday) and on an “occasional” basis (1/3rd of the workday). “How much can you lift?” is a standard question in social security administrative hearings.   We men often have trouble with that question.  …

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Debt Collection and Social Security Disability Benefits

Federal Law prohibits the seizure of Social Security Disability Benefits to collect on a debt. But many debt collectors do not follow the law (what a surprise). Debt collectors who have secured a money judgment sometimes go after money held in bank accounts of Social Security Disability recipients. This is illegal! Typically once a debt …

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Do you need a Texas lawyer for your Texas disability case?

Most of us have been fortunate enough to not have needed to hire an attorney for a legal matter.  So hiring a social security disability attorney can be a challenge.  Typical Americans may have hired a lawyer for a will, estate planning, or the probate of a will.  Some perhaps have hired lawyers to deal with …

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Social Security Disability and Age: It Does Matter

We seem to live in a culture obsessed by age, and the Social Security disability rules seem to reflect that. Etiquette and good manners tell us that it is rude to ask a woman how old they are. But unfortunately I have to be rude every day when I talk to folks in my law …

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Drugs & Alcohol: Poison for Your Body, Poison for Your Disability Case

Drug and alcohol abuse seem to be rampant in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have worsened the problem: alcohol consumption has dramatically increased, perhaps as a result of unemployment, fear and isolation. The line between alcohol use and abuse can be a fine one.   If you have a pending social security disability …

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