Fine-Tune Your Evidence Gathering Skills to Ensure a Solid Social Security Disability Case
Get everything you'll need to succeed in gathering evidence for a social security disability claim with an insightful overview of the procedures, tactics and strategies involved. Experienced attorney faculty will walk you through the major steps of collecting critical evidence, including key tips for gathering medical documentation, essentials for determining the onset of the disability and key issues in amended onset dates. Build a solid foundation for your practice - register today!
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of new rules concerning SSDI claim evidence and impairment listings.
- Understand how to determine and prove the degree of functional capacity.
- Get all the tools you'll need to determine the date of the injury and onset of disability.
- Build your client's medical history and proactively address issues concerning prescription drug abuse.
- Gather critical evidence to prove contentious mental impairment claims.
- Know how to use employment history and documented work attempts to your client's advantage.
- Locate weaknesses in vocational data sources that throw vocational expert testimony into question.
- New Rules Regarding SSDI Claim Evidence and Impairment Listings
10:00 - 10:15, Anne C. Hartwig
- Determining the Onset Of Disability (Including Date Last Insured)
10:15 - 10:45, Anne C. Hartwig
- Dating the Injury
- Amended Onset Dates
- Medical History and Treating Doctors' Opinions
10:45 - 11:30, Anne C. Hartwig
- Building The Medical Record - Filling the Gaps
- Proving Pain
- Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse
- Family Medical History
- Mental Impairment Evidence
11:45 - 12:30, Grayson Smith Cannon
- Proving Personality Disorders
- Can Your Client Meet Listing 12.08?
- Personality Assessments: Mistakes and Pitfalls
- Intelligence Quotient (IQ) - Proving the Client's Listing IQ
- Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF)
- Student Records
- Other Useful Resources
- Changes in the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual (DSMV)
- Recreating Employment History and Documented Work Attempts
12:30 - 12:45, Amanda Pirt Meyer
- Proving Functional Exertional and Non-Exertional Limitations
1:15 - 1:45, Amanda Pirt Meyer
- Determining and Proving Degree of Functional Capacity
- Daily Activity Diaries
- Countering Vocational Expert Testimony
1:45 - 2:30, Grayson Smith Cannon
- Challenging VE Credentials
- Finding Weakness in Vocational Data Sources
- Questioning the Language: Medical vs. Vocational Limitations (Know Your DOT)
- Whittling Away the Findings on Availability and Number of Jobs
- Legal Ethics
2:30 - 3:30, Anne C. Hartwig, Amanda Pirt Meyer, and Grayson Smith Cannon
- Protecting Confidentiality
- Fiduciary Duty to the Client
- Attorney Fees
- Clint's Diminished Capacity Considerations
- Addressing Negative Evidence
- Supporting Child Disability Claims Without the Use Of Occupational Guides - What Evidence Does Work?
3:45 - 4:15, Grayson Smith Cannon
- Organizing Evidence for the Hearing
4:15 - 5:00, Grayson Smith Cannon
- Social Security File Documentation Analysis
- Preparing Clients to Testify
- Checklist of the "Must-Have" Documents for the Hearing
- Preparing Hypothetical Questions for the Vocational Experts
- Pre-Hearing Briefs, Case Theory Memos, and Other Submissions
This legal program provides a detailed walkthrough of Social Security disability evidence essentials for attorneys. It may also benefit accountants, Social Security disability representatives, government benefits coordinators and paralegals.