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Mark A. Di Carlo, PLLC Attorney at Law
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Which type of disability benefits is available to you? http://bit.ly/2OHO0Vj
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"Look upon that last day always. Count no mortal happy
till he has passed the final limit of his life secure from
pain."

Oedipus Rex
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It is easy to be sceptical of people who are applying for social security disability.

I had three clients today come into my office in preparation for their Social Security Disability Hearings. All three had difficult cased as they were considered young by social security card security legal standards, as they are under fifty.

As I became reacquainted with their cases, they all sounded sincere and believable regarding their symptoms and disabilities. I thought if a Judge truly listened to their testimony, I would have a good chance at winning their cases. However, the Judges, in my opinion, usually do not listen to the testimony, and instead go by the medical records alone. Of course, this is in contravention of Social Security regulations as there are legal standards the Judges are supposed to apply to determine whether or not a social security disability applicant is credible. Generally, they do not apply those standards which include: is their testimony consistent with the medical records, consistent with what they told the social security administration previously; etc.

But as I tell my clients, they are at the preparation meetings in my office to review the case and do everything we can to win; not to predict the outcome.
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There are statistics posted on the internet for the Judges regarding the percentage of they decide favorably on the social security disability cases they hear. If you wind up having a hearing before a Judge with a low approval rating, let us say for example a 15% approval rating, your chances of winning are very small, even if you have a good case.

You and your attorney should begin discussing what you will do as soon as assigned to such a Judge
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Nearly all the people that come into my office for my social security disability cases and suffer from depression were either physically, sexually or emotionally abused as children. One reason they are credible is none of them will discuss it unless you ask them about their history.

The rest seem to be currently depressed because of their ill-health, inability to work, and lack of funds.
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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is supposed to be considered by the social security disability Judges when considering whether you are disabled. For example, there are effects on the brain, and physical effects such as dizziness, etc. Do the Judges practically consider high blood pressure though? Not in my experience, even though we always list it as an impairment when it is present.
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