August 19, 2019

A Disturbing Trend in Social Security Disability Hearings

Over the past few months, I have noticed a disturbing trend in many of the Social Security hearing offices where I appear.   Many of the case files do not contain comprehensive medical records or forms that translate medical problems into specific work limitations.  Why?  Many of the free and low cost medical and mental health clinics that used to service disability claimants have closed up shop.  It seems to me that some of the judges that hear disability cases are turning down deserving cases on the basis of a thin medical file when the reason for lack of treatment is financial, not a function of the claimant’s motivation.

Episode 16 – What To Expect at a Consultative Evaluation by at Psychologist

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If you allege depression, anxiety or any other mental  health problem, there is a good chance that your Social Security claims rep will send you out for a consultative evaluation by a psychologist on a panel maintained by your local Social Security office.  In this episode, I explain what to expect and I discuss why this type of consultative evaluation can be so important to your case.