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David Paletta
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Striving to have a positive impact on the lives of others
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What is the Ticket to Work Program? The Social Security Administration has a program to help disabled individuals return to work known as the Ticket to Work program. See https://www.ssa.gov/work/. This program applies to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
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Degenerative Disc Disease and Social Security Disability. One of the most common causes of disability is chronic back pain. We have all hurt our back at one time or another. We take it easy for a few days or few weeks and fully recover. However, for some individuals back pain is chronic, severe and debilitating.
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Disability Law and Attorney Wellness. On December 8, 2017 I spoke at a seminar sponsored by the Disability Advocacy Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. The manuscript for my presentation is at the link below.
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The Appeal Procedure for Disability Claims is Broken (updated February 27, 2018). DDS is dysfunctional. The 1st appeal of a denied disability claim goes to the Disability Determination Services known as DDS.
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The HITECH Act – a new tool for attorneys seeking medical records (updated 2/23/18).
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According to an article published in the Washington Post, 10,002 people died in fiscal year 2017 while waiting on a disability judge's decision. One of those individuals was my client Joseph Tyson.

If 10,002 had been killed in terrorist attacks, our government would declare war on somebody and spend billions of dollars on defense.

In Washington, Congress is debating whether corporations and wealthy Americans should be given billions of dollars in tax cuts, and the Senate has proposed the elimination of subsidies that lower the cost of health insurance to individuals with pre-existing conditions.

On an individual level, I find my neighbors and fellow Americans to be compassionate people. I do not understand why this compassion does not extend to those who have lost their health and become disabled?

We are all going to lose our health. It seems to be in our self interest to help each other.
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In Honor of Joseph Tyson. 1/24/1968 - 8/11/2017.

Joe was not famous. He did not write any books. He was never in the news. His footprint on this planet was small.

Joe could not work due to congestive heart failure. He had no health insurance. For two years I have been Joe's lawyer trying to get him disability benefits and Medicaid.

On 8/11/17 Joe's heart stopped beating. Cause of death will be listed as congestive heart failure, but that will not tell the truth. The real cause of death was lack of access to health care.
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NOSSCR Statement in Response to Senate Health Care Bill. June 23, 2017.

I am a member of NOSSCR, the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives. On June 23, 2017 NOSSCR released the following statement in response to the Republican health care bill proposed in the Senate of the United States.
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The Judiciary - An Important Pillar of our Democracy. This country was founded in rebellion against the tyranny of the King of England. To build a more perfect union, our revolutionary Founding Fathers created a democracy based on 3 pillars - the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary - a system of checks and balances designed to prevent the tyranny of a monarchy.
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