Social Security Disability and the Legal Professional / Edition 1

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This comprehensive introduction to the Social Security disability system begins with basic information and builds with each chapter for thorough coverage in an easy-to-read style. In each chapter, the author uses a gender-neutral character, "Chris" to pose questions and find solutions during the appeals process as a way to personalize the content and procedures, and to enhance understanding. This book is primarily directed toward paralegal programs and undergraduate legal studies or social sciences courses. As a supplemental text in a Health Law or Administrative Law course or as a reference text for law offices, this book will assist those legal professionals involved in the more than 500,000 claims heard by federal administrative law judges each year. It introduces and familiarizes the student with the disability claims process with reference to the appropriate governing regulations rather than a tedious review of case law.

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This textbook explains the procedures for appealing a social security disability claim that has been denied. The text defines the five-step evaluation process used by the Social Security Administration, and provides case studies and sample documents. Questions regarding such issues as where to obtain medical records, who appoints a vocational expert, and how to collect fees are answered. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766821156
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/24/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Proszek is a staff attorney for the office of hearings and appeals as well as a private-practice attorney.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Administrative Determination. 2: Service as a Representative in Social Security Disability and Claims. Chapter 3: Social Security Disability Programs: Eligibility Requirements for Title II Disability Insurance Claims. Chapter 4 Eligibility Requirements for Title XVI Supplemental Security Income Benefits Claims. Chapter 5: Understanding Your Case: The Definition of Adult Disability for Title II and Title XVI Supplemental Security Income Benefits Claims. Chapter 6: Step One of the Sequential Evaluation Process: Substantial Gainful Activity. Chapter 7: Step Two of the Sequential Evaluation Process: "Sever" Impairments and Basic Work Activities. Chapter 8:Step Three in the Five Step Sequential Evaluation Process: The Listings. Chapter 9: The five Step Sequential Evaluation Process: Step "Three-and-a Half" - Residual Functional Capacity. Chapter 10: Understanding Your Case: Step Four in the Five Step Sequential Evaluation Process: Past Relevant Work. Chapter 11: Understanding Your Case: Step Five in the Five Step Sequential Evaluation Process: The Work. Chapter 12: Understanding Your Case: Childhood Disability. Chapter 13: Conducting the First Interview in Social Security Disability Appeals. Chapter 14: Understanding Your Case: The Hearing Process. Chapter 15: Understanding Your Case: The Post-Hearing Process. Chapter 16: Understanding Your Case: An Exemplar Case File. Chapter 17: The Appeals Council. Chapter 18: Special Circumstances and Cases. Chapter 19: Understanding Your Case: The Administrative Law Judge Decision. Chapter 20: Internet Resources.

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