Disability Law Blog

Balin Attorneys Use “Congressional Interest” to Aid Clients

September 10, 2014

While the federal government offers multiple programs for disability compensation, bureaucracy can be a challenging obstacle to overcome when awaiting a decision on a case. In these situations, any time a constituent feels like they’re getting a raw deal, they can contact their congressperson and…

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Partnerships with VA, healthcare providers and veteran facilities critical to Balin’s success

September 10, 2014

Over the past several years, Balin Law owner Paulette Balin presented at various healthcare providers and veteran facilities, ensuring the firm works closely with nurse practitioners, case workers and veterans themselves to build critical relationships that better serve clients and their cases. “It’s so satisfying to see…

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Balin meets challenges facing disabled veterans head-on

July 26, 2014

Following the May resignation of Erik Shinseki, former head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, some wondered how such a broken health care system that left thousands of veterans in the dust could even be repaired. Answers may take time to find, but the flaws…

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What Will SSA Do About Direct Deposit Fraud?

October 8, 2012

While SSA is pushing for more disability and retirement benefit recipients to sign up for electronic payment in lieu of a paper check, scammers are working harder than ever to put those benefits in their own bank accounts. For example, some Social Security benefit recipients…

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SSA Now Accepting Electronic Signatures for Disability Applications and Appeals

September 28, 2012

The Social Security Administration is continuing to make more and more of their services available online. After what seemed to be a test-run over the last several months, claimants can now electronically sign their SSA-827 form for disability applications and appeals. The purpose of the…

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Meet Paulette Balin & Associates’ Latest Asset

August 31, 2012

Our office is proud to announce the latest addition to our team, Matt Shupe. Matt is a recent graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and is currently awaiting the summer 2012 Bar Exam Results. Matt is a person who has advocated…

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To Exam or Not to Exam…

July 13, 2012

A consultative exam (CE) is an appointment set for a disability claimant by SSA for the purpose of having that claimant undergo a medical evaluation.  The doctor, referred to by SSA as the “examiner,” tests and observes either physical or mental/emotional disabilities, depending on the…

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Social Security and Health IT

July 6, 2012

Disability claims are driven by medical records. Unfortunately, the process of requesting and obtaining medical records is the most frequent source of delay in the disability determination process. SSA requests over 15 million copies of medical records from over 500,000 providers each year to determine…

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National Hearing Centers and Their Impact on the Disability Back Log

June 22, 2012

In fiscal years 2010 and 2011, 82,000 disability cases were transferred from SSA’s 10 regions to National Hearing Centers (NHC) in Falls Church, VA, Albuquerque, NM, Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD and St. Louis, MO. Here, video teleconferencing (VTC) technology is used to connect the ALJ…

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Your Online Presence – Why Disability Claimants Should Be Mindful

June 15, 2012

It is common knowledge these days that a person has to be careful about how they present themselves on the internet, whether it is through pictures, videos, blog posts, or even comments you leave on your friends’ Facebook pages. How you portray yourself online is…

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