Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cincinnati Attorney Calls on President Obama To Stop Social Security Disability From Keeping Judges Names Secret

The Social Security Administration is keeping the names of the federal administrative law Judges that will hear your SSDI or SSI claim secret. They started this new policy at the end of 2011. This is truly chilling and implies a big brother government cloaked in secrecy.
Anthony Castelli Attorney

I am calling on President Obama to order the Social Security Administration to stop this practice immmediately. This practice is so secret that there has not even been a published memo on the subject. In other words this policy has not been published publicly anywhere.

Everyone that applies for social secuity disability benefits either SSI or SSDI if denied has an opportunity to appeal their case and have a hearing in front of a federal administrative law Judge. Previously, once the claim was assigned to what is called the Office of disability adjudication and review a Judge would be assigned and you could learn his name. Now because of social security's secret policy you do not learn of the name of the Judge until the day of the hearing.

This secret procedure smacks of a totalitarian government. This seems untenable in a democratic society, but yet the secrecy has gone on for one year now. Where is the main stream press on this. No where. I call on President Obama to immediately lift the secrecy. Certainly he has the power to make the Social Security Administration reveal the names of the Judges before a hearing is held.

The Problem Created by a Secret Govermental Agency Policy

Social security disability lawyers are up in arms. The National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Represntatives, of which I am a member, is fighting this issue with Freedom of Information requests. Social Secuity has indicated the reason for the change is to reduce the risk of forum shopping. Apparently this policy is in response to whether you agree to a video hearing or not as one of the considerations. Because of a big backlog in some areas SSA has gone to more video hearings. These hearings are with Judges in other jurisdictions. However a claimant does not have to agree to a video hearing. 

However this justification is speculative at best and certainly does not justify secrecy. As NOSSCR noted:

"When a government uses secrecy to disadvantage claimants it is more likely the agency will get away with error, fail to follow policy or deny due process." Attorneys doing social security disability work usually do a lot of it since it is a special area in the law . A niche if you will. The social security disability lawyers come to know all the local judges. Every judge is a bit different and knowing the judge helps a  lawyer prepare for the case.

But the bottom line is the GOVERMENT IS KEEPING SECRETS when it is not necessary. This can only lead to the futher intrusion of intolerable government secret actions in our lives. Men and women have fought and died for freedom. It is now being watered down and taken away from under our very noses.

So I say,      President Obama tear down these walls. 

                        These walls of government secrecy. 

Good Lord I never thought these words of President Reagan would have to be used towards a President of the United States. 

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cincinnati Lawyer Says It is Not necessary to Cut Social Security

As a Cincinnati Ohio social security disability lawyer I have seen many deserving people have their financial lives saved by social security disability. This is known as SSI to some and SSDI to others.

SSI is supplemental security income and is available for those who are unable to work and have limited assets and are no longer or have never been covered by social security disability insurance.

SSDI is social security disability income and is for people who have paid into the social security system and have enough covered quarters that if they are not able to work that can get financial disability benefits.

Of course everyone knows about social security retirement benefits. For those born in 1960 or after full retirement age is 67

Social Securtiy Does Not Need To Be Cut

Contrary to some thinking social security does not need to be cut. It does not add to the deficit. In fact there is a surplus so that even if nothing is done will last for 21 more years with people getting full benefits. It will take only minor accomodations to fund social security after that time.

Social security benfits are modest. And from my experience no judge is giving away benefits. In 30 years I have never seen a non deserving person get benefits though I have felt several that deserved benefits for disability did not get them. The average benefit for todays reiree or diabled is about $14000.00 per year. This is about $1200 per month. About 1/3 of retirees rely on social security as all of their income


About Anthony Castelli Attorney

Anthony Castelli has over 30 years experience helping people get social security disability benefits. In That time he has helped hundred of people win their SSDI SSI benefits. He offers a free consultation. There is no fee unless he wins back benefits. For help with your social security disability application call 513-621-2345

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Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cincinnati Social Security Disability Attorney - Download Critical Evidence

Cincinnati Social Security Disability Attorney Offers Critical Evidence Questionnare for Your Doctor

As a Cincinnati social security lawyer I know how important critical evidence is to winning your social security case.Click this link to get free download of the critical form your doctor needs to fill out. These claims are also known as SSDI and SSI. Your whole financial future is at stake because you are so ill or injured you can no longer work. Your hope to be able to support yourself and your family is winning your social security disability application.

 There is one piece of evidence that I believe is critical to your case. This is a residual functional capacity form. This tells what you can and can not do in terms of basic work activities. Your treating physician should fill this out. The above video explains the importance of this form and you can actually download it for free right from link above.

 If you win your case you could be entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars over your life time. You must marshal all the evidence you can. A experienced social security lawyer can help you get the evidence you need. Plus in the hearing room they can present evidence and cross examine witnesses.

 With the use of this form properly filled out by your treating physican in the hands of a skilled SSDI lawyer you have a better chance of getting the benefits you deserve. If you do anything to help yourself win your SSI claim then download this questionnare and hire a skilled professional social security disabilty lawyer to help you.

 Anthony Castelli Atorney         Call today for my free case evaluation and for my legal help.
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 Here is a direct link to the social security disability video: Cincinnati Social Secuity Disability Attorney - Download Free Questionnaire for your Doctor

Saturday, September 1, 2012

How I Won SSI SSDI Disability Benefits for Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a  neurological disorder marked by sudden

recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of

 consciousness, or convulsions, and may be so severe that

you can get social security disability benefits.

I just won a case at the Cincinnati office of adjudication

hearing and appeals in front of a Federal Administrative Law

Judge Boylan.

 Social Security Disability Listings for Epilepsy 

I knew the listings for social security for epilepsy. Not every illness or a disease has a listing.

Listings are important because if they are met and you are not working you are found disabled 

and entitled to get benefits. In effect if you meet or equall a listing you are presumed incapable
of gainful employment for at least one year.

Here are the two listings for epilepsy:

11.02 Epilepsy - convulsive epilepsy, (grand mal or psychomotor), documented by detailed description of a typical seizure pattern, including all associated phenomena; occurring more frequently than once a month, in spite of at least 3 months of prescribed treatmentWith:
A. Daytime episodes (loss of consciousness and convulsive seizures) or
B. Nocturnal episodes manifesting residuals which interfere significantly with activity during the day.

11.03 Epilepsy - nonconvulsive epilepsy (petit mal, psychomotor, or focal), documented by detailed description of a typical seizure pattern including all associated phenomena, occurring more frequently than once weekly in spite of at least 3 months of prescribed treatmentWith alteration of awareness or loss of consciousness and transient postictal manifestations of unconventional behavior or significant interference with activity during the day.


     How I Proved My Client Met The SSDI SSI Listings For Epilepsy

So with the listings in hand I sought evidence that would mimic those listings. My client had childhood epilepsy so we got all the records we could from treating doctors. We were able to obtain two EEG tests that proved evidence of epilepsy in the brain. 

I also gathered the test results of his blood at various intervals to show that his medicine for epilepsy was always in his blood. Many times judges will find against an epileptic if his blood testing does not show evidence in the therapeutic range. although I have seen epileptics that processed their medicine so quickly that their blood tests were misleading. You need a doctor to explain that scenario.

My client was totally prepared to testify about the results after an epileptic seizure. Some he could describe and some he  could only describe the after effects. Such as prolonged fatigue and sleeping for 10-15 hours after a grand mal seizure.

     Secondary Corroboration Seizure Diary

Another key is having the client keep a diary as well as a third party keep a diary. Seizures need corroboration, that is, other evidence apart from the clients own mouth. In this case the client lived with his father and I had his father keep a diary. 

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cincinnati Social Security Application Video 30,000 Views

As a Cincinnati Social security disability attorney also known as SSDI or SSI I know your application is vitally important. You whole financial future is at stake . That's why I created this video 3 Critical Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Case. It has received over 30,000 views.

Hopefully this video has helped people, that are so disabled they can no longer work, get the benefits they so rightfully deserve. Deserving people are denied social security disability benefits every day.

But if you are reading this because you are seeking benefits do not lose heart.
If you do the right things to support your case chances are you will reverse that denial. Especially at the level of the administrative law judge hearing.

Please before its too late watch this video on the Biggest Mistakes Social Security Disability applicants make. You will learn to avoid them.

Call me right now for help with your social security application in Cincinnati. I am a local attorney and the consultation is free and I only get paid a fee out of winning back benefits that are owed to you. %13-621-2345

Anthony Castelli Attorney
8170 Corporate Park Drive
suite 220
Cincinnati, Ohio

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Winning Your Social Security COPD or Asthma Disabilty Claim in Cincinnati

If you have COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma you may be so ill that you are filing a Social Security Application. As a Cincinnati social security attorney I just won a case in front of the administrative law judge for a client with COPD and Asthma.

My social security disability client had been turned down and did not know what to do. She did the right thing and timely got to a Social security disability lawyer. I appealed her denial. I questioned her in detail about what her restrictions were.

One of the critical things I learned was she had good days and bad days. Some days she could go out and garden. Other days her breathing was so labored she just stayed quiet and in bed. 

If you saw her on her good days you would thing she could work. She readily admitted she could do a sit down job on those days. Of concern in winning her case was the pulmonary function testing on spirometry testing only showed mild to moderate difficulty. She did not meet a listing. A listing is a baseline designation of inability to work given certain test results or other clinical findings.

The judge asked the vocational expert hypothetical questions. Based on those question the VE said she could work. I cross examined the VE with the information I learned from my client about the frequency of her bad days. He agreed with me that she would not be able to hold a job given the amount of bad days that would prevent her from coming to work. 

When your financial future is at stake for your social security disability application benefits please call me for free advice at 513-621-2345

Watch this video on the social security disability application in Cincinnnati  that I prepared for you.

Disclaimer. Just because I won this social security disability application case does not mean to imply that I will win yours. there are never any guarantees. But I do promise to fight with all my heart for you. I know what this means to you. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Social Security Disability Benefits In Cincinnati Are Hard To win

As a Cincinnati social securitty disability attorney I know that social security disability benefits are difficult to win. Recently an oped piece in USA today attacked the social security disabiliy system allowances as being based on recession. This is just misguided.

After practicing social security law for 30 years I have never had a client that could work get granted benefits. Although I have thought worthy claimants had been denied. This is born out by reversals and remands by the apppeals council of disallowances by the administrative law judge.

At one point the articlestates, " The appeals phase appears to be particularly problematic. In recent years, judges have been overturning the initial rejection rates at about 60 %. Their decisions vary wildly from region to region and judge to judge. A few judges approve virtually all the cases they hear — making them equivalent of "easy A" professors."

The truth is very few judges are pushovers and many judges only grant 30% of the cases they hear. Part of the reason for judges granting benefits is that it is  where a Cincinnati social security disability lawyer can be most successful. A lawyer can put all his skills to work in front of the judge.

Today's Social Security Disability Insurance bureau is huge,  costly and with flaws. But it deserves to be improved, not berated. Claimants' representatives play an important role by discouraging poor applications and helping those who can prove disability navigate a difficult  an often unfair bureaucracy.

By Anthony Castelli Cincinnati social security disability lawyer. Call today for a free case evaluation and to file in our office to avoid standing in line at the social security office.  513-621-2345

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Social Security Disability Application Winning Your Heart Attack Claim by Cincinnati SSI Lawyer

Winning a Social security disability claim for a heart attack is not always easy. There are two ways to win your case if you have asked the question,  "Do I have a claim for social security disability for my heart attack." As in all cases you must prove you can not perform gainful employment for one full year.

The two ways to win your case are either 1) to prove you meet a cardiovascular listing or 2) if you do not meet the listing to prove that you are incapable of your former work and and work that exists in significant numbers in the economy because of your limitations.

The cardiovascular listing must result from one or more of four consequences of heart disease:

 1. Chronic heart failure or ventricular dysfunction

 2. Discomfort or pain due to myocardial ischemia, with or without necrosis

 3. Syncope or near syncope, due to inadequate cerebral perfusion from any cardiac cause

  4. Central cyanosis due to right to left shunt, arterial desaturation. or pulmonary vascular disease.

Listing 4.0 heart cardiovascular problems lists 11 distinct categories that you can meet including chronic heart failure, hypertensive cardiovascular disease, recurrent arryhthmias among the 11.

  Some of the more significant evidence social security looks at is x-rays of cardiac enlargement, stress test and ejection fraction. A left ventricular ejection fraction  of 30 % or less is a good indicator of lisitng level severity for the residuals from a heart attack This usually needs to be recorded 3 months after the cardiac event.

This link will get you to the complete cardiac listing.

For more complete information about your social security application go to our Cincinnati Social security disability learning center .

As a social security attorney for over 30 years I would be happy to meet with you at no cost to see if I can help you win your claim.

Anthony Castelli Attorney Cincinnati social Security law
8170 Corporate Park Drive #220
Cincinnati, Ohio

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Seriously Injured Accident Victims May Need a Social Security Lawyer

If you have wrongfully suffered a personal injury and are so hurt that you will not be able to work for one full year you may also want to hire a social security lawyer.  As a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer  and Cincinnati social security attorney for over 30 years,  there have been occasions where my client had a bad injury from a car accident or other injury and could not work.

Having experience in both areas of law helped me guide my client, not only in the initial personal injury case they hired me for, but I was also able to help them with their Socialsecurity disability application.

If it appears that the personal injury victim may not be able to work for one full year then they may be able to get social security disability benefits. Usually it takes a long time to get approved so it’s wise to file as soon as you think you are at risk for not being able to work for one full year.

Clients have told me it’s nice to be able to deal with one lawyer for two different types of cases. It’s also helpful to the lawyer to know what evidence is being produced in each case. This avoids duplication as well as surprises.

One thing good personal injury lawyers do is try to help solve all of their client’s problems. Sometimes this means finding them a great attorney in another area of law because of a problem created by their personal injury. Sometimes it means for the lawyer to  handle a second issue themselves if they are capable.

It’s important to know that if you are seriously injured there may be a federal social security disability benefit that you can access. This does not mean you have to take it forever. Once you have healed up sufficiently, there is a 9 month trial work period.  SSDI will pay you while you attempt to get back in the work force for the first nine months that you work after your injury.

By Anthony Castelli Attorney Serious Accident and Injury Law and Social security disability applications
 Cincinnati, Ohio  513-621-2345 Let me help you get your life back and get on firm financial footing. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Should Children Concieved After Death Get Social Security Survivors Benefits

There is a raging controversy as to whether a child concieved after the death of their father should get social security survivor benefits. This is a different benefit from social security disability. When a parent dies with enough covered quarters the child under 18 is generally entitled to a survivor's benefit.

But what about children that are conceived after the death of the father. This can come about when artificial insemination is done from the father's sperm. If the child was conceived before the parent's death there is no issue. But when the child was not in the mother's womb before death there is a big issue that that the United States Supreme Court has heard.  Follow this link to the transcript of the oral arguement in the Unuted States Supreme Court on survivor's benefits .

Despite a lot of legal jargon a member of the Linkedin social security group felt it came down to this arguement:

" It seems apparent to me that the key is that the kids  were conceived after the death of the husband. I don't think the Supremes are going to set that precedent. It's a completely different situation than one where the wife is pregnant when the husband dies since in that situation, she is expecting that the husband's income will be used to support the kids. When you conceive after the husband is already dead, you know going into it that the husband cannot support the kids as he is not alive. The whole point of survivor benefits is to make up for the parent's income that was supporting the children."    

Certainly a very interesting topic and there are more than 100 cases pending before Social Secuity Administration right now. As a Cincinnati social security lawyer I work mostly in the area of disability benefits which focuses on the claimant's inability to work. Did you know that a widow can get benefits on her deceased husband's earnings if she becomes disabled between age 50-60. This is a different scenario all together than survivor's benefits.

So comment here and tell me what you think or if you are unable to work for one for one year iIwould be happy to help you seek Social security disability benefits in Cincinnati .

Anthony Castelli Attorney
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45242                           It costs nothing to speak with Anthony Castelli
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Monday, March 12, 2012

How To get Social Security Benefits For Multiple Sclerosis - It' MS Awareness Week

If you have multiple sclerosis you may be struggling to continue working and would like to know how to get social security disability benefits for MS. Or you may have had to stop working and want to know how to apply for social security disability benefits in Cincinnati or other areas . Finally you may have applied for social security disability benefits and been denied and do not know what to do .

    The Most Important thing you can do is hire an experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer

In each of the situations I describe it is imperative to know how to "beat the system" . By that I mean you want every tip and trick to be in your arsenal to help you win. Social security denies those that are deserving but did not do the right thing. As a Cincinnati social security lawyer for over 30 tears you can bet I have some tips and techniques I use to win as many cases as a can. No one wins every time, but you can increase your odds and you really have nothing to loose. The attorney fee is only paid out of any back benefits you are entitled.


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7 critical mistakes that can ruin your social security claim.

5 Keys to Winning Your Social Security Claim

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Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Social Security Lawyer in Cincinnati on Certified Nurse Practitioner Value

As a Cincinnati social security lawyer I read hundred of medical records. These are records I get for my social security disability clients that are filing for social security disability. I order these records from their doctor's offices because medical evidence is critical.

More and more I see that a nurse practitioner has been the person seeing my social security applicants. This is an issue since their "testimony" is not as strong as a medical doctor. In fact there is a social security ruling on this issue.

Here is the complicated ruling. you can skip to the end and I'll tell you what it means and what to do.

The SSR 06-3P states:
In addition to evidence from “acceptable medical sources,” we may use evidence from “other sources,” as defined in 20 CFR 404.1513(d) and 416.913(d), to show the severity of the individual's impairment(s) and how it affects the individual's ability to function. These sources include, but are not limited to:

• Medical sources who are not “acceptable medical sources,” such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, licensed clinical social workers, naturopaths, chiropractors, audiologists, and therapists; and

• “Non-medical Sources” including, but not limited to:
• Educational personnel, such as school teachers, counselors, early intervention team members, developmental center workers, and daycare center workers;
• Public and private social welfare agency personnel, rehabilitation counselors; and
• Spouses, parents and other caregivers, siblings, other relatives, friends, neighbors, clergy, and employers.

Information from these “other sources” cannot establish the existence of a medically determinable impairment. Instead, there must be evidence from an “acceptable medical source” for this purpose. However, information from such “other sources” may be based on special knowledge of the individual and may provide insight into the severity of the impairment(s) and how it affects the individual's ability to function.

The ruling further states:
“Accordingly, this ruling clarifies how we consider opinions and other evidence from medical sources who are not “acceptable medical sources” and from “non-medical sources,” such as teachers, school counselors, social workers, and others who have seen the individual in their professional capacity, as well as evidence from employers, spouses, relatives, and friends. This ruling also explains how we consider decisions on disability made by other governmental and nongovernmental agencies.”

The Bottom line is a Cincinnati social security lawyer should get a doctor to co-sign anything the nursse sends you such as an RFC. The nurse should be given weight for the social security application for any rstrictions or limitations, but the nurse really can not offer a diagnosis that will hold weight.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ask Me Your Most Burning Cincinnati SSI Disability Question

If you are considering applying for SSI Suplemental Security Income or SSDI Social security disability income because you are unable to work you probably have a burning question or two.

Some people seeking help call me and just ask how do they file for social security disability .The second big question is, Can I get social security disability, what are the requirements. Or you may have an entirely different question.

I would be happy to anwer any question you have about getting SSI or SSDI for free. In other words you can  talk to a real lawyer that practices social security disability law free of charge . All you have to do is pick up the phone and call at 513-621-2345.

Or you can go to my social security disability lawyer web page and ask your question there. You will get an added bonus of the many free videos and articles that help explain How to file for social security disability and what you must prove to win your claim. As well as 7 critical mistakes that can ruin your Social security disability claim.

If I think you have a claim I will tell you and then if you desire to hire me take your case on a contingency fee basis. My fee is only charged on and comes out of past due benefits and is 25% of the past due benefits capped at $6000. Don't delay you may be loosing benefits by failing to act. Click contact us for social security disability

Anthony Castelli Attorney Social security Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Social Secrity Lawyer Video Advice on Winning has over 26,000 Views

As a Cincinnati social security disability lawyer with a video that has over 26,000 views I am hoping it has helped deserving people that are too ill or injured to work get social security disability benefits. There is just too much at stake for social security applications to get filed with out professional help. Especially since most social security disability lawyers do not charge a fee unless they win you back benfits.

Instead of talking about myself and the 30 years I've helped social security applicants I answer the question How to win social security disability benefits. I gave the three critical mistakes that can cause people that are too hurt or ill to work be denied benefits.

The climate is even getting worse as more and more people try to get SSI or SSDI benfits. And the nameless faceless government sit in their cubicles denying people left and right.

Here are the three ctritical mistakes that social security disability claimnats make when the apply for social security disability benefits

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