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What does it take to win Social Security disability benefits? Join disability attorney Jonathan Ginsberg as he demystifies the disability approval process and offers proven tactics to help you win the benefits you deserve.

Social Security Disability Law Podcast Jonathan Ginsberg

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What does it take to win Social Security disability benefits? Join disability attorney Jonathan Ginsberg as he demystifies the disability approval process and offers proven tactics to help you win the benefits you deserve.

    How to Successfully Appeal Your Unfavorable Hearing Decision

    How to Successfully Appeal Your Unfavorable Hearing Decision

    This is part one of a three part interview I conducted with attorney Bryan Konoski.  Bryan is a Social Security disability attorney whose practice focuses on Appeals Council and Federal District Court work.

    The appellate work that Bryan does is very different than disability application and administrative law judge hearing work.  With very rare exception Bryan is not presenting new evidence of disability to a judge.  Instead, he is identifying errors of analysis made by hearing judges who have denied a claim.

    Because hearing  judges are so busy, and because the SSA uses such a bizarre procedure to produce hearing decisions (the actual decision is prepared by a staff writer who was not present at the hearing) many hearing decisions contains significant errors of analysis.

    In our conversation Bryan strongly encourages anyone who has been denied by an administrative law judge to have that unfavorable decision reviewed by an attorney who regularly handles post ALJ hearing work. 

    Many disability attorneys or non-attorney reps do not routinely handle Appeals Council and Federal Court work and Bryan has positioned himself as an excellent resource for the Social Security disability claimant's bar.  Like hearing attorneys, however, Bryan's firm handles cases under a "no fee unless you win" contingency fee contract there is no downside to having an appellate attorney review your case file. 

    In this part of our discussion Bryan and I identify some of the most common errors made by hearing judges that can result in a remand (a new hearing). And statistically a high percentage of remanded cases are approved in a second hearing.

    If you or your attorney wants to get in touch with Bryan, visit his website at TheFederalAppealsFirm.com.

    If you find my podcast useful please take a minute to subscribe rate and review it on  Apple Podcasts or wherever you access your podcasts.

    =============== FREE SURVIVAL KIT ================
    Don't know where to begin? Download my free
    “Secrets of Getting Approved” Survival Kit at
    https://bit.ly/SSD-Survival-Kit-2
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    ============== FREE CASE EVALUATION =============
    If you or a loved one would like a case evaluation for your
    SSDI or SSI case, please contact me at
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
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    =================== CONTACT ME =================
    Jonathan Ginsberg
    Social Security Disability Attorney
    Website: https://ssdAnswers.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinsbergLaw/
    Telephone: 800-890-2262
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
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    • 24 min
    Are You at Risk of a Fraud Investigation from Social Security for Your Disability Claim

    Are You at Risk of a Fraud Investigation from Social Security for Your Disability Claim

    What type of conduct does Social Security consider to be fraudulent?  Are you committing fraud if you exaggerate your symptoms or if there is no MRI to document your back pain claim?

    Or does SSA define fraud as conduct that goes far beyond overstating your symptoms? 

    In my conversation with former SSA fraud examiner Greg Brinkley we try to draw a clear distinction between statements you might make in writing or verbally that won't result in a claim approval and statements that might prompt a visit from a fraud investigator.

    Some Members of Congress believe that the Social Security disability system is riddled with fraud.  In my experience this is not the case but I found Greg's perspective informative and practical and I think you will as well.

    Since retiring from SSA, Greg has started his own consulting business called the Disability Yoda, which you can learn about on YouTube or on Greg's website.  Greg is a great resource for the disability community and I'm happy to introduce him to you.

    If you find my podcast useful please take a minute to subscribe rate and review it on  Apple Podcasts or wherever you access your podcasts.

    =============== FREE SURVIVAL KIT ================
    Don't know where to begin? Download my free
    “Secrets of Getting Approved” Survival Kit at
    https://bit.ly/SSD-Survival-Kit-2
    ================================================
    ============== FREE CASE EVALUATION =============
    If you or a loved one would like a case evaluation for your
    SSDI or SSI case, please contact me at
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
    ================================================
    =================== CONTACT ME =================
    Jonathan Ginsberg
    Social Security Disability Attorney
    Website: https://ssdAnswers.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinsbergLaw/
    Telephone: 800-890-2262
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
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    YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Click to SUBSCRIBE to my YOUTUBE Channel for Social Security Disability Videos***
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    • 33 min
    Former Social Security Adjudicator Greg Brinkley Explains the Adjudication Process

    Former Social Security Adjudicator Greg Brinkley Explains the Adjudication Process

    How do Social Security claims examiners (adjudicators) analyze disability claims and what do they do on a day to day basis?

    In this episode I speak to Greg Brinkley a former Social Security employee.  In his 27 year career with the agency, Greg served many roles, including that of a  claims specialist (adjudicator), technical expert, fraud examiner and team leader.

    Because of his experience Greg was the person that other Social Security personnel relied upon to solve problems, create work flows and handle the most challenging situations.

    Since retiring from Social Security, Greg has established his own consulting business helping disability claimants understand and navigate the disability claims process.  His website is at https://www.gregbrinkley.org/.  Greg also publishes videos on YouTube as TheDisabilityYoda where he offers very insightful and opinionated takes about Social Security disability.

    This is Part One of my interview with Greg.  Next month we'll be talking about fraud examinations - what triggers them and who is at risk.

    If you find my podcast useful please take a minute to subscribe rate and review it on  Apple Podcasts or wherever you access your podcasts.

    =============== FREE SURVIVAL KIT ================
    Don't know where to begin? Download my free
    “Secrets of Getting Approved” Survival Kit at
    https://bit.ly/SSD-Survival-Kit-2
    ================================================
    ============== FREE CASE EVALUATION =============
    If you or a loved one would like a case evaluation for your
    SSDI or SSI case, please contact me at
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
    ================================================
    =================== CONTACT ME =================
    Jonathan Ginsberg
    Social Security Disability Attorney
    Website: https://ssdAnswers.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinsbergLaw/
    Telephone: 800-890-2262
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
    ================================================
    PODCAST: Click to SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/social-security-disability-law-podcast/id1449712246
    YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Click to SUBSCRIBE to my YOUTUBE Channel for Social Security Disability Videos***
    https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=ginsbergssd

    • 39 min
    Vocational Witnesses Demystified: My Interview with a Practicing Vocational Expert:

    Vocational Witnesses Demystified: My Interview with a Practicing Vocational Expert:

    Social Security disability judges call on vocational witnesses to testify at the vast majority of disability hearings.  Although you have never met this witness, he/she plays an important role in your hearing.

    Disability judges pose "hypothetical questions" to the vocational expert in your case and the answers to these questions will determine whether you win or lose.

    My guest in this episode is vocational expert Stuart Gilkison.  Stuart works as a contractor for Social Security and appears by phone at hearings before numerous judges in several states.

    In our conversation we discuss how SSA qualifies vocational experts, the resources Stuart uses to identify jobs that a hypothetical person (i.e., you) might be able to perform and some of the problems with outdated resources.

    I also asked Stuart about what he has learned from attending hundreds of hearings held by dozens of judges.  What mistakes to claimants or their attorneys make and what claimants and their attorneys do well to improve their chances of winning.

    If you are pursuing Social Security disability benefits you will almost certainly hear from a vocational expert at your hearing.  Now is your opportunity to hear from a working vocational expert in a podcast setting.

    If you find my podcast useful please take a minute to subscribe rate and review it on  Apple Podcasts or wherever you access your podcasts.

    =============== FREE SURVIVAL KIT ================
    Don't know where to begin? Download my free
    “Secrets of Getting Approved” Survival Kit at
    https://bit.ly/SSD-Survival-Kit-2
    ================================================
    ============== FREE CASE EVALUATION =============
    If you or a loved one would like a case evaluation for your
    SSDI or SSI case, please contact me at
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
    ================================================
    =================== CONTACT ME =================
    Jonathan Ginsberg
    Social Security Disability Attorney
    Website: https://ssdAnswers.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinsbergLaw/
    Telephone: 800-890-2262
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
    ================================================
    PODCAST: Click to SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/social-security-disability-law-podcast/id1449712246
    YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Click to SUBSCRIBE to my YOUTUBE Channel for Social Security Disability Videos***
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    • 38 min
    Comparing Experiences: What It Takes to Win

    Comparing Experiences: What It Takes to Win

    After trying thousands of cases over the past thirty years, I have a fairly good idea what types of cases are likely to be approved.   There are certain fact patterns and claimant profiles that I know will resonate with Social Security judges.

    I regularly speak with colleagues throughout the country to discuss their experiences.  These discussions help me educate myself and learn how to be a more effective advocate for my clients.

    My friend and colleague, attorney Stephanie Joy, facilities discussions like these in a closed LinkedIn Group called the SSD Zoom Roundtable.  Every month, attorneys and representatives from all over the country gather in a Zoom video room to compare notes and discuss issues that any or all of us have faced.

    I invited Stephanie back to the podcast to discuss our experiences preparing for and trying cases involving the most common medical impairments we see.  I was not surprised to discover that what works for me also works for her.

    If you make the difficult decision to file for disability, you need to educate yourself about the reality of the SSD process.  In this episode, Stephanie and I discuss what works and what doesn't.   I am pleased to share our experiences with you.

    If you find my podcast useful please take a minute to subscribe rate and review it on  Apple Podcasts or wherever you access your podcasts.

    =============== FREE SURVIVAL KIT ================
    Don't know where to begin? Download my free
    “Secrets of Getting Approved” Survival Kit at
    https://bit.ly/SSD-Survival-Kit-2
    ================================================
    ============== FREE CASE EVALUATION =============
    If you or a loved one would like a case evaluation for your
    SSDI or SSI case, please contact me at
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
    ================================================
    =================== CONTACT ME =================
    Jonathan Ginsberg
    Social Security Disability Attorney
    Website: https://ssdAnswers.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinsbergLaw/
    Telephone: 800-890-2262
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
    ================================================
    PODCAST: Click to SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/social-security-disability-law-podcast/id1449712246
    YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Click to SUBSCRIBE to my YOUTUBE Channel for Social Security Disability Videos***
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    • 41 min
    Best Practices for Filling Out Social Security Disability Forms

    Best Practices for Filling Out Social Security Disability Forms

    During the course of your Social Security disability case, SSA will send you dozens of forms.  These forms include documents with titles like "Function Report-Adult,"
    "Disability Report -Adult," "Work History Report," "Activities of Daily Living Report," "Pain Questionnaire."

    Most of these forms are accompanied by a page or two of instructions that tell you nothing about what SSA really wants to know. 

    In today's episode I discuss these forms with my long time friend and colleague attorney Stephanie Joy  of Joy Disability. 

    I met Stephanie through the Zoom Roundtable group she hosts on LinkedIn for Social Security disability attorneys and representatives.

    In our discussion, Stephanie and I discuss the common mistakes disability applicants make when filling out forms and how your lawyer can assist you in better understanding what SSA really wants.

    As a bonus for my podcast listeners, here is a link to a screen capture video I recorded about how I approach one of the most common forms you will see - Form SSA-3368, the Adult Disability Report.  This recording is part of a library of forms I make available to my clients.

    If you want more specifics, I have written a book called the Disability Answer Guide which provides examples of completed forms with suggested language.

    SSA requires you to fill out dozens of forms as you pursue disability benefits and I hope that this episode will help you better understand what SSA wants.

    If you find my podcast useful please take a minute to subscribe rate and review it on  Apple Podcasts or wherever you access your podcasts.

    =============== FREE SURVIVAL KIT ================
    Don't know where to begin? Download my free
    “Secrets of Getting Approved” Survival Kit at
    https://bit.ly/SSD-Survival-Kit-2
    ================================================
    ============== FREE CASE EVALUATION =============
    If you or a loved one would like a case evaluation for your
    SSDI or SSI case, please contact me at
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
    ================================================
    =================== CONTACT ME =================
    Jonathan Ginsberg
    Social Security Disability Attorney
    Website: https://ssdAnswers.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinsbergLaw/
    Telephone: 800-890-2262
    https://bit.ly/Contact-Jonathan-2
    ================================================
    PODCAST: Click to SUBSCRIBE to this podcast on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/social-security-disability-law-podcast/id1449712246
    YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Click to SUBSCRIBE to my YOUTUBE Channel for Social Security Disability Videos***
    https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=ginsbergssd

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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50 Ratings

Counselor Stu ,

Fantastic

Vocational Expert here. I very much enjoy your content. Thank you for this.

Classic Finder ,

Spot on

Your former and current SSA workers are spot on. Your guest was also right about Judge approval differences.

lit watch ,

Recommend.

Helpful, valid info & accessible language.

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