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Nurse Practitioner Opinions and Social Security Disability

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Where a Nurse Practitioner’s statement is submitted as evidence of disability to a Social Security Judge and the treating doctor countersigns the document, can the judge discount this medical opinion? A recent case held that discounting these opinions because the doctor merely countersigned the nurse practitioner’s statement is inconsistent with the Social Security Administration’s rules.

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There’s More to a Job Than Its Title – Social Security Disability Cases Require Testimony About Actual Job Duties and Transferable Skills

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“There’s often a huge difference between a job’s title and how it is actually performed,” notes Loudoun County disability lawyer Doug Landau. Sometimes a Manager or Supervisor is ‘hands on,’ lifting heavy equipment and pitching in to complete manual labor projects. In these instances, the job title does not accurately reflect the physical requirements of

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Can a Social Security Judge Reject A Doctor’s Opinion Simply Because the Disabled Claimant Had Been Referred by his Lawyer?

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Because the “weight of medical evidence” often determines the outcome of a Social Security Disability case, and the Federal judges must make findings justifying their decisions, how much weight they give to each doctor is an important component of any “Fully Favorable” or “Unfavorable” opinion. A recent case out of Washington asks the question, “can

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