What Questions Will the ALJ Ask?

By Norman Homen | October 14, 2021

If your Social Security disability benefits have been denied, you have a right to an appeal. Being prepared for the appeal hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) can make the difference between your claim being accepted when it was denied or being adjusted when your benefits were incorrect. Ensuring that the  ALJ hearing is…

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What is an ALJ Hearing?

By Norman Homen | September 19, 2021

An ALJ hearing is a hearing that is conducted before an administrative law judge. The ALJ hearing is one of the appeals hearings of the Social Security Administration, and it follows an adverse decision on your SSDI benefits claim. The complexity of the process and related system underlines the value of hiring a California disability…

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What is a Vocational Witness?

By Norman Homen | September 10, 2021

If you are encountering issues with your disability benefit claim, you may learn about the term “vocational witness” or “vocational expert.” A vocational witness within the context of your SSDI hearing is an individual who is an expert in vocational rehabilitation, vocation abilities, earning abilities, and more. They provide expert testimony as part of the…

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What are the New Back Injury Rules for Social Security Disability?

By Norman Homen | August 25, 2021

Are you experiencing chronic pain from a back injury? If you suffer from back pain that makes you unable to work and perform related tasks, you might be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, which are offered through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. For you to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you…

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Top 7 Reasons Why Disability Claims Are Denied In California

By Norman Homen | August 17, 2021

If you have been injured or are otherwise unable to work due to a disability, then you can seek disability benefits under either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), depending on your individual work history. Applying for either SSDI or SSI benefits can be a long, complex, and sometimes tedious process,…

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The Biden Administration’s Disability Plan

By Norman Homen | July 25, 2021

2020 was the most impactful year in many of our lives for many different reasons. Not only did we navigate through a global pandemic and loss, but we also had a contentious election that resulted in the Biden Administration taking over in 2021. Part of the Biden platform was revamping the disability policies of the…

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IQ and Winning Disability Benefits

By Norman Homen | July 13, 2021

Your intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score intended to measure your intelligence and mental ability in comparison to others. Some people have low IQs that qualify as an intellectual disability, and in many cases, such individuals are able to find full-time work that they can perform. However, if this type of intellectual disability prohibits someone…

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How To Build Medical Record Evidence For Your Disability Case

By Norman Homen | June 25, 2021

Whether you’re disputing a case for the Social Security Administration or battling an ERISA litigation dispute, your disability benefits case is bound to be quite the uphill battle to fight. You could have to wrangle with going up against your employer, your insurer, or the federal government. In the case of the latter, you wouldn’t…

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Hearing Loss & Disability Benefits

By Norman Homen | June 15, 2021

Hearing loss is a remarkably common but highly unfortunate disabling condition. According to some alarming findings recently published by the World Health Organization: By 2050, nearly 2.5 billion (or roughly 1 in 4) people are projected to suffer from some level of hearing loss. Over 1 billion adults are currently at risk of suffering permanent,…

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Genetic Disorders and SSD Approval

By Norman Homen | May 22, 2021

Some individuals suffer from rare genetic disorders that impact their physical and mental abilities – including the ability to work – in the long term. If you or someone you love suffers from a genetic disorder, you might be eligible to pursue Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. An experienced California disability benefits attorney in your…

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