Monthly Archives: November 2008

Social Security’s plan to reduce its hearing backlog and prevent its reocurrence

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) recently released its “Performance and Accountability Report” for Fiscal Year 2008.  The report is quite detailed but what is of particular interest is SSA’s plan for reducing its hearing backlog.  They noted that at the … Continue reading

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Social Security will process disability cases faster for “compassionate” cases

Acknowledging the long backlog of disability cases, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) began a new program last month to process cases faster for people who have certain terminal conditions.  The SSA has published a list of 50 conditions that qualify … Continue reading

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9th Circuit rules that claimant’s pain testimony is true absent ALJ providing specific clear and convincing reasons for rejection

On November 5th, 2008, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, CA, issued a new decision very helpful to claimants.  In Vasquez v. Astrue, —F.3d— —-(No. 06-16817, 2008), the Court held that absent a finding by the Administrative … Continue reading

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