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Is it time to get back to work on Medicaid expansion?

Social Security disability lawyers in Virginia constantly struggle with the Catch-22 disability claimants get caught up in by the lack of affordable health care in the state. To be successful in proving disability, a claimant must have medical evidence from treating doctors that establishes a severe level of impairment. But health care through Medicare and…

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John Goss is appointed to the NOSSCR Board of Directors

Goss & Fentress is proud to announce that John Goss has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives.  Formed in 1979, NOSSCR has grown ever since in membership and in the services it provides. Today, NOSSCR has more than 3,000 Social Security Disability attorney members in…

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Is Social Security Disability Insurance being “tort-reformed”?

    The Social Security Administration is an insurance company, albeit one that is publicly-owned and government operated. Therefore, much of the agency’s institutional behavior can best be understood if you look at the motivations underlying various actions in that light.     The Social Security Administration for several years now has been engaged in…

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John Basilone Wins Another Big Personal Injury Case

This happened in a recent jury trial with personal injury attorney John Basilone representing our client in a slip and fall accident. The two defendants were the owner and management company of a 200-unit apartment complex in Virginia Beach. The injury occurred during the aftermath of a February, 2015 snowstorm. The evidence established that the…

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How Do Liens Affect My Personal Injury Settlement?

What is a lien? A lien is a right given to another in property by its owner to secure a debt. Liens are created voluntarily, or by law in favor of certain creditors.  This can sound scary, especially when one thinks about a lien on a house or car. Liens relating to personal injury claims,…

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NOSSCR Conference in Washington DC

The attorneys at Goss & Fentress are members of the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (NOSSCR).  Formed in 1979, NOSSCR presented its first Social Security disability law conference in New Orleans.  NOSSCR has grown in membership and services ever since.  Today, NOSSCR is more than 3,000 members strong, with members in all 50…

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The Social Security Administration tort-reforms Appalachia

Sorry I’ve been away from my post since my last post in August, but the story continues. In my last post, I noted that The Social Security Administration functions like an insurance company. Not being allowed to raise premiums or change the benefit structure because of the political environment, the agency’s only available strategy for…

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The Issa Report Continues The War Against Independent Administrative Law Judges.

(This is the sixth post in this series about the independence of administrative law judge who will preside over your Social Security disability appeal.) In our previous posts on this subject, we discussed how the Social Security Administration’s targeting of administrative law judges it feltwere approving too many disability claims is against the law. Congressman…

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