Author Archives: Elizabeth A. Smith

Average for winning Disability and SSI in 2017 is 70% at Law Office of Elizabeth A. Smith

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Seven Fields, PA, conducts disability and SSI hearings. The average wait time for a hearing is 20 months. The Seven Fields average for winning a disability or SSI hearing is 44% as … Continue reading

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Seven Fields Pennsylvania Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

This excerpt is from the disabilityjudges.com website – information as of 2-7-17 At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Seven Fields, Pennsylvania, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security … Continue reading

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5 Day Rule Letter – WHAT? No worries – our office submits ALL evidence well before 5 days

SSA has started to change procedures and notices to comply with the “5-day rule” regulations. Hearings held on or after May 1, 2017 must comply with the requirement that the ALJ receive or is informed about evidence at least 5 … Continue reading

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Do I Need to Talk at My Hearing?

I’m often asked by clients if they will have to testify at their Social Security disability hearing. In many cases, the answer is yes. An administrative law judge (ALJ) will decide cases based on the medical evidence in the file – this … Continue reading

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Status Updates During the Initial Application

Filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) or supplemental security income (SSI) benefits can be a long process.  It typically requires you to wait for months before you get a response from anyone at the SSA. Your wait is particularly difficult when you are struggling to … Continue reading

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Average Wait Time Until Hearing Held for January 2017

The Social Security Administration announced that the average time in months from the hearing request date until a hearing was held for the Pittsburgh Office of Disability Adjudication and Review was 20 months and for the Seven Fields Office of … Continue reading

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Trump’s Hiring Freeze May Worsen 526-Day Disability Case Backlog

Trump’s Hiring Freeze May Worsen 526-Day Disability Case Backlog by Josh Eidelson   President Donald Trump’s federal hiring freeze may exacerbate a backlog of appeals for Social Security Disability Insurance that has grown so big that an average case takes … Continue reading

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2015 Data regarding Disability Appeals

Here are the numbers for 2015 – if you filed a claim for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income: *33% of initial claims approved/67% of initial claims denied *12% of reconsideration claims approved/88% of reconsideration claims denied *45% approval … Continue reading

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We Now Accept Credit Cards

Yes – we have moved into the 21st Century – and now accept payment by credit card. My office has affiliated with LawPay – and whether you are wanting to make a payment on your account or make a retainer … Continue reading

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Cessation of Disability Benefits

  When the Social Security Administration determines that you are no longer qualified to receive Social Security Disability benefits, you will be notified of your cessation of disability benefits. As the name implies, a cessation of disability benefits means that … Continue reading

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