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Video Conference Social Security Disability Hearings

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Oct 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, SSA started sending out letters to those persons awaiting hearings on their claims. These letters informed people that they could have their hearings in front of a TV screen rather than with a live judge.  SSA included a full-page handout with each letter explaining the value of giving up your right to see a live judge.  The biggest supposed benefit is this could move your case along a little faster.  It is clear that SSA really wants claimants to go for this proposition. One sneaky thing they did was not even provide an envelope in which to send back an objection to the video conference hearing.  Instead, they wanted the person to sign it and then take it to his or her lawyer. The lawyer was supposed to send in the objection.  Keep in mind, if you do not object, you are heading to a video hearing. The fair way to do this was the opposite: let people opt in, not opt out.

If SSA is going to these lengths to make it hard for people to object to TV hearings, there must be some benefit in it for them. If it benefits SSA, it cannot benefit claimants at the same time.

Just Say No to "Judge Judy" hearings.

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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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