Because you are disabled.

File for disability benefits.

Appeal your case.

How you presented your initial application was the best you could do at that time given what you knew and were told.

But, if you were not successful, appeal (1) because you are disabled and (2) because you can improve on your presentation.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Medical Records/Medical Evidence

 The doctor said: “doing well on current medication.”

A very interesting and telling article on medical evidence in Social Security disability cases by Attorney Julia Mariani, entitled, “The Play is the Thing,” should be read by all adjudicators, claimant representatives, personal advocates of claimants and claimants.

Mariani, who has a bachelors degree in dramatic literature, argues that critical reading skills are “directly applicable” to reviewing medical records.

This article, cited by Charles Hall in his blog,, can be found in

Social Security News of The Social Security Law Section of the Federal Bar Association (pages 12-13, 23-26) at

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