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The Social Security Administration can move quickly in certain circumstances. One such circumstance is a dire need case. Dire need is a type of critical case, and these claims are expedited by the SSA.

In this particular case, the claimant received a Reconsideration denial letter on February 27th and contacted me. We had

I just submitted a critical case request for a Social Security disability claim here in Maine. A critical case request asks Social Security to expedite a particular claim.

There are three situations that constitute critical cases: 1) the claimant's illness is terminal, 2) the claimant is suicidal or homicidal, and 3) dire need.

Dire need

A client recently retained me after receiving an inital denial of his Social Security disability claim. He over 55 years old, and can no longer do his past relevant work, partly due to knee and ankle problems resulting from an old injury.

I have reviewed the disability claim file, and he was denied disability because

An error in the Explanation of Determination attached to your denial letter can present an opportunity for your Social Security disability attorney to practice some legal jujitsu. The error can be used to support an argument for reversal at the next stage of review. This argument is the most powerful when, but for the error in analysis

When Social Security denies a claim for disability benefits at the initial or reconsideration level, the SSA provides a personalized "Explanation of Determination" on the last page of the denial letter. The denial letter is otherwise a form letter.

The information or analysis in these explanations is often erroneous. As noted by Charles Hall in Social Security

I had a Social Security disability hearing with an administrative law judge at the Manchester, New Hampshire ODAR recently. I prepared a hearing memorandum for the judge, as is my practice.

The judge acknowledged my hearing memorandum, and said "I wish more of your colleagues would prepare them."

A hearing memorandum is not required at the Manchester ODAR, but you should submit one

I received a fully favorable decision today for one of my clients. It was an unusual case, because I never spoke with the client until just before the hearing.

The client found me in March through my Maine Social Security lawyer website, and emailed me. She has such severe anxiety that she does not use the