Of the more than 14 million people in the U.S. currently receiving Social Security Disability (“SSD”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) benefits, about 33% qualified in whole or in part due to the severity of their mental illness. However, proving that a client’s mental illness symptoms are severe enough to prevent him or her from working at even a low-stress job is fraught with challenges, from hostile agency reviewers and psychologists at the initial evaluation to skeptical Administrative Law Judges at the hearing level.
Stephen M. Jackel, a New York City attorney with 18 years in the field of Social Security Disability law, first provides an overview of the administrative process for obtaining disability benefits, then explains the requirements for establishing disability based on mental illness, and finally offers some examples of both potential pitfalls and winning strategies.
I. Understand the basics of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits
II. Define the mental impairments that qualify for Social Security disability benefits
III. Explore the evidence necessary to prove a claim for SSD or SSI benefits based on mental illness
Mr. Jackel has been practicing law in New York City since 1980, beginning with a clerkship with a Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York. After a stint with a general practice firm in Manhattan, he took a hiatus to work as a journalist covering municipal labor unions. Mr. Jackel returned to the law as an Administrative Law Judge for two New York City agencies – the Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Parking Violations Bureau – and for years was part of the team at PVB training new judges. Using his experience in administrative law, he opened his own office in 1998 and began representing claimants fighting to obtain their Social Security disability benefits. He has maintained an 88%-success rate in the field, despite an increasingly difficult environment for disability claimants.
Mr. Jackel received his B.S. from the University of Rochester and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. He also has a Master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
excellent discourse on a broken system
Great class overall ~ and the last ten minutes...invaluable.
Excellent presentation, and step by step analysis of applying for SSI and SSD on behalf of a client who is a person with a mental illness. The speaker provided very insightful tips!. I would have liked to hear more about the appellate process.
This is a useful CLE program.
This really was a highly informative course and answered a lot of questions which I had going in.
Informative CLE on the basics of Social Security Disability law
The speaker had some interesting and useful insights regarding judges.
Enjoyed the class
Excellent, thank you.
Ease of use! Excellent!
Outstanding lecture. Very informative
Not even close to my area of practice, but excellent written materials and interesting.
One of the best CLE classes
Interesting and informative
The speaker knows the administrative process very well and also related his personal experiences in a meaningful way.
Very interesting presentation. Also very disturbing to hear the lack of knowledge some judges have regarding mental illness. Well done.
Always been curious - very helpful.
Very good program. Highly recommended.
Thank you lawline.
The cases were very informative
I appreciate the presenter's passion for his work.
distinction between SSD & SSi was helpful re guardianship issuesl
I particularly like the references to experiences with the judge.
Excellent speaker and program!
Attorney Jackal has a very professional demeanor and comforting voice. Perfect for a great disability attorney. Thank you for an interesting seminar. The time flew.
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