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What does it take to win Social Security disability benefits? Join disability attorney Jonathan Ginsberg as he demystifies the disability approval process and offers proven tactics to help you win the benefits you deserve.

What does it take to win Social Security disability benefits? Join disability attorney Jonathan Ginsberg as he demystifies the disability approval process and offers proven tactics to help you win the benefits you deserve.
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What does it take to win Social Security disability benefits? Join disability attorney Jonathan Ginsberg as he demystifies the disability approval process and offers proven tactics to help you win the benefits you deserve.

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Episodes

How a Good Lawyer Will Prepare You for a "No Drama" Social Security Disability Hearing

11/20/2019
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Even though Social Security disability hearings are considered "informal" you will no doubt be stressed when you appear before the administrative law judge. Judges are very busy - often understaffed and under pressure to close cases quickly. Experienced lawyers know that thorough and complete case preparation will make your judge's life easier and therefore make the entire process go smoothly. In this episode, I speak with attorney Lisa McNair Palmer, a disability lawyer from Oklahoma who...

Duration:00:28:35

How You Can Influence Vocational Witness Testimony to Win Your Disability Case

10/15/2019
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I get a lot of questions about Social Security disability hearings. Disability hearings are unlike other court proceedings you may be familiar with because there is no attorney on the other side representing the Social Security Administration and the judge in your case serves as both a finder of fact, and SSA's representative. Another bizarre element of SSD hearings involves the presence of a professional witness - someone you have never met - but whose testimony will determine whether you...

Duration:00:21:35

Over Age 50 But Don't Meet the Grid Rules - You Still Have an Advantage

8/24/2019
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If you are 50 years old or older you have an advantage when applying for Social Security disability. In the last episode of this podcast I talked about the grid rules - a shortcut to winning for those over age 50. But not everyone fits into a grid rule, so what can you do? In this episode of the podcast I reveal other proven strategies for winning disability benefits if you are age 50 or older but do not fit into a grid rule. Perhaps you do not fit a grid rule because are highly educated or...

Duration:00:19:47

Over Age 50? You Have a Huge Advantage When Filing for Social Security Disability

7/22/2019
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Did you know that Social Security has a built in bias in favor of disability claimants over the age of 50? In addition to claiming disability based on SSA's listings, or presenting evidence of diminished capacity for work, the grid rules allow many claimants over 50 to win disability benefits even if they still have the ability to work full time. Social Security recognizes that entry level jobs for workers over 50 are difficult to find, especially those with a high school or less education...

Duration:00:15:15

Stand Out from the Crowd and Convince Your Judge that You are Deserving of Disability Benefits

6/18/2019
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What makes your Social Security disability claim stand out from the 20 or 30 other cases that your judge hears during the week your hearing is scheduled. Every other person your judge hears from that week, that month and that year sincerely believes that he or she is disabled and deserving of disability benefits. Statistically, Social Security judges approve around 45% of cases they hear, which means that they turn down 55% (more than half). And some judges have a lower than average...

Duration:00:14:42

The Five Elements of a Winning Back Pain Social Security Disability Case

6/1/2019
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Back pain is perhaps the most common ailment for adults in the United States, so it is no surprise that Social Security disability judges see more back pain claims than any other medical complaint. Because back pain cases are so common, yours must stand out if you hope to win. In this podcast episode I discuss what I consider to be the five elements of a winning back pain case based on over twenty-five years of representing deserving clients. If the evidence in your case and your testimony...

Duration:00:23:59

Social Security Disability Judge Reveals the Evidence She Needs to Approve Your Claim

5/15/2019
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What type of evidence does a Social Security disability judge need to approve your claim? Social Security defines disability in terms of how your medical problems impact your capacity for work. But your judge won't approve your claim unless your file contains compelling evidence supporting your claim. In this episode, I discuss the strongest evidence you can have in a disability claim. I also explain what you can do if the "best" evidence simply does not exist in your claim. You can still...

Duration:00:18:48

Mistakes to Avoid in you Social Security Disability Case

4/15/2019
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What are the common mistakes that you need to avoid when filing your Social Security disability claim and appealing a denial. What do you need to watch out for at your disability hearing? In this episode, I interview Chicago Social Security disability lawyer Jonathan Pearson. Jonathan lives and works in Chicago, where he represents disability claimants in Chicago, Evanston, Lake Forest, Orland Park, Schaumburg, and Downers Grove. He represents claimants at all stages of the disability...

Duration:00:25:48

What Does it Take to Win a Federal Court Appeal

4/1/2019
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What happens if you lose at your hearing, file an appeal to the Appeals Council and lose there as well? Do you have any remaining options? My guest today is Karl Osterhout, a lawyer based in Pittsburgh who has built a substantial national practice representing claimants before the Appeals Council and in Federal Court. As we will discover, federal court judges are looking for significant errors of law or analysis by the trial judge and the Appeals Council. Only a small percentage of cases...

Duration:00:34:47

What Does it Take to Win at the Appeals Council

3/15/2019
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What happens if you lose at your hearing? What are your options? Social Security disability law says that if you lose you can either start over with a new application, or you can appeal the hearing judge's denial by filing Form HA-520. How do you know which way to proceed? My guest today is Karl Osterhout, a lawyer based in Pittsburgh who has built a substantial national practice representing claimants before the Appeals Council and in Federal Court. As you will learn, the Appeals...

Duration:00:35:38

Seven Types of Activities You Should Avoid After You File for Disability

2/28/2019
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Since the average Social Security disability case can take two to three years from the date you file until the date of your hearing, you can expect the judge who hears your case to ask you about your activities during this long delay. In this episode I discuss seven types of activities that you should avoid while you wait for your court date. While disability judges don’t expect you to sit at home and stare at the wall for three years, they will be suspicious if you testify that you engage...

Duration:00:19:09

How Sick Must You Be to Win Social Security Disability Benefits?

2/15/2019
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How do you know if you are sick or injured enough to win Social Security disability benefits? While every case is different, certain patterns do emerge, and after 25+ years of trying cases, I want to share with you my opinions about what it takes to win SSDI benefits now. If your impairment is physical or involves a damaged body part or system, Social Security disability judges want to see objective evidence of your problem. Ideally, this takes the form of an MRI or CT scan, an ultrasound,...

Duration:00:21:28

Understanding the Process: How Social Security Decides Disability Claims

1/31/2019
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How does the Social Security Administration decide your case? As I discuss in this podcast, Social Security about 1/3 of claims are approved when a claimant first applies. Those denied must appeal - first by filing a "Request for Reconsideration" and when that is denied (as it usually is) by filing a "Request for Hearing." In this podcast I will walk you through the timeline of an average case and point out when you have the best chances at winning. =============== FREE SURVIVAL KIT...

Duration:00:21:30

What is the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?

1/31/2019
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What is the difference between SSDI and SSI? As I discuss in this episode, SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. It is an insurance program and the payroll taxes you paid while you were working are the premiums. You earn insurance "credits" based on your gross earnings. In 2018, you earn one credit for every $1,320 of gross earnings. You can earn a maximum of four credits in a calendar year, so once you have earned $5,280, you will have all four possible credits. The...

Duration:00:18:52

How do You Prove that You are Disabled? 3 Proven Arguments

1/15/2019
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If you decide to apply for Social Security disability, you have to prove to the Social Security Administration that you are disabled. In the last episode, I explained how SSA defines the term "disabled." In this episode, I discuss the three arguments, or theories of disability, you must use to convince SSA that you meet the definition. The three arguments you can use are: MeetaListing.comGridrules.net=============== FREE SURVIVAL KIT ================ Don't know where to begin? Download my...

Duration:00:33:07

How Does Social Security Define the Term "Disability?"

1/2/2019
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How does Social Security define the term "disability?" Under the law, you are disabled if you are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity because of a medically determinable condition or conditions that has lasted or is expected to last 12 consecutive months, or result in death. What does this mean? In this episode, I unpack this definition so that you know what you have to prove. And if you know what SSA needs, you can make sure that every form you fill out and every statement you...

Duration:00:14:50