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Old 12-13-2011, 11:33 PM   #1
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Hearing today December 13th

Sorry I havent been on here I am still on my phone only. Things run slow this way. I wanted to update everyone on what happened. I had my hearing in front of the alj today. I showed up about 45 minutes before the scheduled time. (i was told to show up at least 30 minutes early by my lawyer) I was finally called in at a little after 3:00 (my scheduled time) I sat down in the chair opposite a big screen. My hearing was video not in person. I was sworn in as was the vocational expert who was live via phone. I was asked questions and details by my lawyer. Once he finished the judge asked me only about 4 or five things. Then my onset date was questioned because of medical records. My lawyer and the judge agreed on a new onset date. Once that was settled the judge announced fully favorable to the new date because my lawyer showed how I meet a listing stating evidence from my case folder. The VE never spoke as I was leaving the VE sounded upset due to him having extensive knowledge of oil field work which I used to do. The judge just said after going off the record no worries your expertise will come in handy later.

Long story short I was approved fully favorable after a changed onset date and the VE never testified. The judge announced it before the hearing ended. A big relief off my shoulders thanks for the support I am still trying to help out on here still.

 
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Sorry I havent been on here I am still on my phone only. Things run slow this way. I wanted to update everyone on what happened. I had my hearing in front of the alj today. I showed up about 45 minutes before the scheduled time. (i was told to show up at least 30 minutes early by my lawyer) I was finally called in at a little after 3:00 (my scheduled time) I sat down in the chair opposite a big screen. My hearing was video not in person. I was sworn in as was the vocational expert who was live via phone. I was asked questions and details by my lawyer. Once he finished the judge asked me only about 4 or five things. Then my onset date was questioned because of medical records. My lawyer and the judge agreed on a new onset date. Once that was settled the judge announced fully favorable to the new date because my lawyer showed how I meet a listing stating evidence from my case folder. The VE never spoke as I was leaving the VE sounded upset due to him having extensive knowledge of oil field work which I used to do. The judge just said after going off the record no worries your expertise will come in handy later.

Long story short I was approved fully favorable after a changed onset date and the VE never testified. The judge announced it before the hearing ended. A big relief off my shoulders thanks for the support I am still trying to help out on here still.
Congratulations of your favorable outcome as I know it has been a long trying process. I had my hearing Nov 18, 2011 and my VE seemed judgemental. Her facial expression suggested "Yeah right" when I testifed to my work limitaions. She was not as objective as she needed to be and her face could not hide it. Despite your VE it worked out, hopefully the same will be true for me soon.

 
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Congratulations! That's great news right before Christmas!! Hopefully you won't have a long wait for your approval and award letters

 
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Sorry I havent been on here I am still on my phone only. Things run slow this way. I wanted to update everyone on what happened. I had my hearing in front of the alj today. I showed up about 45 minutes before the scheduled time. (i was told to show up at least 30 minutes early by my lawyer) I was finally called in at a little after 3:00 (my scheduled time) I sat down in the chair opposite a big screen. My hearing was video not in person. I was sworn in as was the vocational expert who was live via phone. I was asked questions and details by my lawyer. Once he finished the judge asked me only about 4 or five things. Then my onset date was questioned because of medical records. My lawyer and the judge agreed on a new onset date. Once that was settled the judge announced fully favorable to the new date because my lawyer showed how I meet a listing stating evidence from my case folder. The VE never spoke as I was leaving the VE sounded upset due to him having extensive knowledge of oil field work which I used to do. The judge just said after going off the record no worries your expertise will come in handy later.

Long story short I was approved fully favorable after a changed onset date and the VE never testified. The judge announced it before the hearing ended. A big relief off my shoulders thanks for the support I am still trying to help out on here still.
Huge congrats Slaughter. I am glad things went well for you yesterday. It sounds to me like your lawyer did his homework. Level 3 is where the lawyer really earns his or her keep IMHO. Question? You said the judge changed your onset date. What impact does this have on your backpay? Are you still getting some backpay? Again, congrats and thanks for coming back to share.

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Congratulations! That's great news right before Christmas!! Hopefully you won't have a long wait for your approval and award letters
Yeah, I agree with PME. Great xmas present.

 
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Re: Hearing today December 13th

What wonderful news! Congrats!

If you own your house, or any other property, take your award letter to the tax office. Many counties give big discounts on property taxes for disabled people. My county cut my property tax by about 1/3, and froze it at the lower amount.

 
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What wonderful news! Congrats!

If you own your house, or any other property, take your award letter to the tax office. Many counties give big discounts on property taxes for disabled people. My county cut my property tax by about 1/3, and froze it at the lower amount.
Thanks Gayle. Does this depend on your SSDI monthly amount? For example, if you were getting $2,000/month in SSDI, would they still reduce your property taxes by 1/3 due solely to the fact that you are now considered disabled?

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Yea for you Slaugther1984, I'm so happy for you what a huge releif. Yea Also gayle is very right because of her great advice I got mine frozen and cut Thanks again Gayle I listened to you way back when you said that that to was a big releif.

 
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Congradulations Slaughter ! I am so happy for you How long did it take you to get through this process? Yay for you !

 
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Thanks Gayle. Does this depend on your SSDI monthly amount? For example, if you were getting $2,000/month in SSDI, would they still reduce your property taxes by 1/3 due solely to the fact that you are now considered disabled?
In my county, the amount you receive does not matter - only that you are declared disabled by Social Security.

Every county/state is different. In some counties you do not have to pay ANY property taxes if you are disabled. In others, you must be confined to a wheelchair to get a tax reduction. A quick phone call to your local tax office might save you some bucks.

 
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In my county, the amount you receive does not matter - only that you are declared disabled by Social Security.

Every county/state is different. In some counties you do not have to pay ANY property taxes if you are disabled. In others, you must be confined to a wheelchair to get a tax reduction. A quick phone call to your local tax office might save you some bucks.
Great info. Gayle. Thanks again for sharing.

 
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Re: Hearing today December 13th

Back pay has not really been changed with the different onset date. The longest they go back is one year from filing date. My onset date was changed to a few months afterthe limit so no big deal.
time line is 9/2010 I applied january 2011 initial denial. Reconsideration filed immediately. Denied in april at this level. Got attorney and they took over and filed for ALJ hearing. In july I started to bug my attorney about dire need. They filled out the letter and submitted it in september after more proof was submitted. october they requested an on the record decision. That was denied and I started bugging the odar office and got my hearing scheduled. Went in and was told after about 20 minutes of answering questions mostly from the lawyer the judge agreed to new date and announced fully favorable.
I hope that answers the time line question. Thanks again everyone.

 
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