“Hi, my name is Andrew Kinney. I’m an attorney at Hoglund Law offices. I practice Social Security Disability law and I practice supplemental security income law.
Today I wanted to talk about an important topic, Case law. What I mean by that is Federal Case law. The social security administration disability program follows federal case law. What I mean is it’s a federal program, and even though the state agency and social security ultimately at a hearing make decisions internally as an agency ultimately they have to follow federal court law. Federal courts have different circuits spread out across the country. They also have specific courts for specific areas. What I’m telling you is you have case law that may apply to your social security case. That’s why if you have a lawyer it important to ask if there’s any federal case law in my favor.
Now there are other laws, certainly, that take precedence. If there are regulations in your favor form social security itself those are most important. There are also rulings. Those are rules that the judges have to follow in a hearing. There are also POMS. Those are code words for how social security processes your case at lower levels. There are a lot of different things to track but ultimately case law is where the trends show. I meet with local attorneys and meet on a national level as well about case law and about things that apply to my clients here and may apply to my future clients.
If you have questions about whether you should have an attorney in your social security hearing or even helping you apply for benefits forward keep in mind that only an attorney is licensed to practice law and only an attorney can give legal advice, particularly about case law. Think again, too, that there are times that federal case law is cited in front of a federal judge at a hearing.
With these things in mind, if you’re unrepresented or perhaps are wondering about what sort of help you might need, know that the people that help you need to know this federal case law, whether an attorney or not. If you have more questions about social security benefits in general, hopefully we can help you. Feel free to call Hoglund law offices at 1-800-850-7867. You can also visit our website at www.HoglundLaw.com. Thank you.”