disability

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SSA E-Sign

SSA Temporarily Accepts E-Signatures

The Social Security Administration has long required Claimants to provide “wet signatures” on appointments of representative and fee agreements. This requirement has continued even though the federal government consistently recognizes the validity of e-signatures in many many other applications. As of 05/21/2020, it appears that the first cracks in this […]

2020 Head Shot Thomas O'Brien

O’Brien Named to Super Lawyers List

The Law Firm of O’Brien & Feiler is pleased to announce that Thomas O’Brien has been named a 2020 Super Lawyer. Only 5% of Georgia attorneys are designated as Super Lawyers, and each honoree is noted to have attained a high degree of professional achievement, ethical standing, and peer recognition. […]

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.  […]

Claiming Disability as a result of Fibromyalgia nerves

Claiming Disability as a result of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is an illness that affects millions of people nationwide, and of those individuals, many thousands will experience challenges claiming disability as a result of fibromyalgia.  This diagnosis is neurologic in nature, and its symptoms include tenderness to the touch in the muscles, joints, and soft tissue as well as […]

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 […]

early retirement and disability

Early Retirement & Disability Can Work Together

A well-timed Social Security Disability claim can increase retirement benefits in certain circumstances.  Successfully claiming disability will lessen the early retirement reduction for people who stop working due to health reasons. OBF Disability Attorney Thomas O’Brien shares this strategy in an article published on Medium.com.  Seeking Disability benefits prior to […]

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 […]

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Initial Claim for Disability Benefits

Filing an initial claim for disability benefits is a watershed moment in most workers’ lives.  By the point filing disability has been considered, a Claimant has almost certainly experienced such significant mental or physical health issues at to prevent or remarkably reduce the ability to work.  As such all communications […]