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Newspaper Clipping

Disability News to Use – 06/05/2020

Here are a selection of headlines from around the internet that readers may find useful. If you are curious about Social Security Disability, please contact the disability lawyers at The Law Firm of O’Brien & Feiler for diligent assistance. Will the pandemic trigger the long-predicted retirement wave? Pandemic Could Impact […]

Claiming Disability as a result of Back Pain

Claiming Disability as a result of Back Pain

Back pain may be caused by any number of issues, and claiming disability as a result of back pain can be a challenge.  Back pain may be created by degenerative disc disease, muscle and disc issues, congenital malformations, or even hip or knee issues that change how people carry themselves.  […]

Composite Jobs as Past Relevant Work

The Composite Jobs Rule can materially affect the Social Security Disability / SSI claim evaluation process.  The technique employed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) typically follows a five-step sequential evaluation process.  These five steps are discussed in detail over in the OBF Knowledge Base, but as a brief summary […]

passive income tree

Passive Income Can Affect Disability Claims

In every disability case, a Claimant’s cash flow (Passive Income and Regular Income) are observed.  These earnings may be examined for evidence of Substantial Gainful Activity, or they may be examined for the purpose of reducing SSI benefits.  In all cases though, the nature of the earnings is important.  In […]

Transferable Skills

Transferable Skills and the DOT

One of the more technical and intimidating aspects for individuals who worked in highly skilled jobs is understanding how transferable skills are analyzed during the disability hearing. For claimants with skilled or highly skilled work backgrounds—as opposed to those with only unskilled backgrounds requiring little training or education— winning a […]