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Should I Read My Partially Favorable Decision?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jul 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

In my last post, I argued that people should not read a decision fully in their favor. But what about a partially favorable decision? Here the answer is different. This time, you do want to read your decision.

Why the difference?

Why The Partially Favorable? You Need To Know

Where Have I Seen This Before?

As I explained in an earlier blog post, a judge can find only partially in your favor.  The most likely reason is that the judge thinks a different start date for your disability is appropriate.  Regardless of the reason why the judge chose a different starting date, you need to know about it.  One significant issue could be the judge choosing an onset date that is after your date last insured (DLI).  If this were to happen, it might severely reduce or eliminate benefits you might have gotten.

It Could Be A Simple Factual Error

It is always possible, too, that the judge simply misread the evidence. He might have gotten the date of critical medical procedure wrong.  Or, he might have the wrong birthdate for you. More

Error You Say?

generally, the judge's assessment of the evidence could simply be faulty.

Whatever the reason, you need to know why the judge changed the beginning date of your disability. It could turn out to be for a defensible reason. The difference might also be so small as to not make any practical difference for the benefits you collect.

Ignorance Is Not Bliss This Time

As I wrote earlier, you need to think very carefully about appealing a partially favorable decision. But, you cannot make a decision about appealing without knowing the facts.  In this case, ignorance is not bliss.

Read The Decision And Then Call

Oh, Suddenly You Want To Read

If your decision is partially favorable, read it carefully and then contact your lawyer to see what he or she recommends. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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