At O’Brien & Feiler, we understand how challenging it is to be out of work, attempting to seek expensive medical care, and having to fight hard for badly-needed benefits. For more than two decades, O’Brien & Feiler (OBF) have been helping disabled people get their SSD and SSI benefits.
Living with a disability can be a challenge, especially if you are unable to work. Sometimes an illness increases into a long term health situation, and sometimes an unexpected event or injury causes irreparable harm. If that illness or injury prevents you from working, a Marietta Disability Lawyer may be able to assist.
As we quickly head through summer toward fall in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many changes are taking place, but the needs of our country’s disabled have not changed. Attempts to flatten the curve have considerably altered work, educational, and pleasure activities, and in many cases not for the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]