My name is Amy Zumbach and I have worked in the Social Security disability field for almost a decade. I have worked in two diferent firms, one an attorney and the other a non-attorney representative. I dealt with case management and essentially handled the cases from the initial application all the way through to the ALJ decision. Additionally, I wrote OTR requests, summaries, and pre-hearing briefs. I have also worked a few years as a contract writer for several attorneys and non-attorney representatives. I have dabbled in transcription, but enjoy brief writing much more! I attended Northern Michigan College, Ferris State University, and Grand Valley State University. I have written in a few different areas, but found that I truly enjoy writing pre-hearing briefs. The process makes sense to me and I enjoy pulling the case together in the end and finding items in the file that will make the case air tight. My family and I live in beautiful West Michigan and try to get out and enjoy our surroundings as much as possible. When I am not writing briefs, I enjoy reading, traveling, watching British mysteries on Britbox, walking, and drinking tea.
A well written brief helps develops legal arguments on a claimant’s behalf to show the judge that they are disabled under Social Security’s guidelines and/or listings. It can advocate as to why a claimant meets one or more of Social Security’s listings under its Listing of Impairments, either based on a treating source statement or the medical evidence.
In addition, the brief can provide the foundation for the argument that a claimant meets Social Security’s vocational guidelines or that the medical evidence supports the finding that his/her residual functional capacity (RFC) prevents them from working.
1. Definition and Eligibility: Social Security Disability (SSD) is a federal program that provides benefits to people with disabilities who are unable to work. Eligibility for SSD is based on your work history and your medical condition, and you must meet certain criteria to be eligible.
2. Application Process: The application process for SSD can be lengthy and complicated, and it involves submitting an application and supporting medical documentation. It is important to make sure that your application is complete and accurate, and to provide all necessary information to support your claim.
3. Appeals Process: If your initial application is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. The appeals process can involve hearings before an administrative law judge, and it is important to work with an experienced attorney or advocate who can help you navigate the process.
4. Benefits and Payments: If you are eligible for SSD, you will receive monthly payments that are based on your work history and earnings history. The level of payment can vary depending on your medical condition and other factors, and it is important to understand your rights and options for receiving benefits.
5. Continuing Eligibility: To continue receiving SSD benefits, you must continue to meet certain eligibility criteria, such as your medical condition and your ability to work. You may also be subject to periodic reviews to ensure that you are still eligible for benefits. In summary, Social Security Disability is an important federal program that provides benefits to people with disabilities who are unable to work. The application and appeals process can be complex, but with the help of an experienced attorney or advocate, you can navigate the process and get the support you need.