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A Closed Period of Disability

A closed period of disability is a period with a beginning date and a definite ending date established by the adjudicator. A claimant may be entitled to a closed period of disability if the evidence shows he or she was disabled for a continuous period of at least 12 months but is no longer disabled at the time of adjudication.

Employment as a Fast Food Worker May Not Be Substantial Gainful Activity

I can never forget my first experience as a fast food worker. No matter what shift I worked or at what station, I always came home smelling of grease. I was occasionally burned by a hot grill or had fingers smashed unloading boxes of frozen food. Even as I continued through my twenties, full-time hours were never offered. I believe this was a common experience for many fast workers then, and still holds true today.

Addressing the Judge at your Disability Hearing

Prior to your disability hearing, your attorney will likely make clear to you that it is a very informal type of proceeding. There will not be an adversarial attorney cross-examining you and trying to prove that you are not disabled. You will not have to "take the stand" and sit in a witness box. Your attorney is not likely to object to anything being said in court. In other words, it is hardly an episode of Law and Order. 

Pain as a Consideration in Your Disability Case

With most physically disabling conditions, pain is an unfortunate side effect that adds greatly to the suffering and hardship of the affected individual. In your claim for disability benefits, there are regulations that govern how your pain symptoms are to be evaluated and considered in deciding your case.

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