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Physical Disabilities

In addition to the pain and suffering that a person with a physical disability may experience, they may be left in such a state that they are no longer able to work. For some people, they are only partially disabled and are able to hold down part time work. Other people with more extensive injuries are simply unable to work completely. Either way, those who are disable may be entitled to … Read More

Mental Disabilities

People who suffer from the onset of a mental disability may lose the ability to partially or fully work altogether. In some situations, this mental disability is a condition they are born with. Other times, a person may suffer an injury in an accident that causes them to lose a degree of cognitive function. There are numerous different types of mental disabilities that the Social Security … Read More

Social Security FAQs

The entire process from being eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD or SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), to applying for benefits, to filing an appeal can be a confusing matter. We have compiled a list of some of the more frequently asked questions that we face when handling Social Security Disability benefits cases. If you have any further inquiries beyond the … Read More

Social Security Disability Appeals

Being denied Social Security Disability benefits can be one of the most confusing and depressing times in a person’s life after they suffer a mental or physical disability. In most instances, the people denied simply have no idea why their claim wasn’t successful. People with disabilities are entitled to use this government program under certain stipulations. It can seem, at times, that even if … Read More

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Wettermark & Keith secures a reversal of judge's decision by the Appeals council for their client

Wettermark Keith is pleased to announce exciting news from the Social Security department. While our attorneys have an extremely successful track record in obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients, sometimes the journey is longer than others. When a client receives an unfavorable decision from an Administrative Law Judge, the available recourse is to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, the body responsible for reviewing cases for mistakes made by the previous judge as to the law or facts. Unfortunately, due to the strict standard of review, the Appeals Council fails to find a reason to overturn or remand the prior determination in the vast majority of cases. However, our attorneys are committed to ensuring that our clients receive the benefits they deserve.

This month, Attorney Jessica Brooks secured a reversal of the judge’s decision by the Appeals Council for her client. A more common outcome when the Appeals Council takes issue with a judge’s decision, is a remand to the judge in order to conduct a another hearing, a process which is time consuming and does not always result in a positive outcome. A reversal constitutes an outright order of payment of benefits to the claimant and only happens in 2% of cases! Ms. Brooks added, “I understand that this is often a long and frustrating process for my clients. This was a case that went to hearing in November of 2011 and we received the Appeals Council reversal in February of 2014. However, the fact that my client will be compensated for that time in back pay makes the determination and hard work worth it.” Wettermark Keith looks forward to future Appeals Council reversals as we continue to provide our expertise and experience to our clients.

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