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Matthew Mayne Donaldson

Matthew Donaldson’s Legal Guides

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  • Drugs and Alcohol involved in your SS Case...dont give up hope

    42 USCA 423(d)(2)(c)(2) Can beDistinguished There are two common misunderstandings about the prohibition on considering alcoholism and drug addiction as disabling impairments. One is that the claimant who is drinking or using drugs may not be found disabled. The other is that an...

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  • How is ones "Ability to perform other work in the National Economy" judged

    Once the Claimant establishes the inability to perform his or her PRW (Past Relevant Work), the burden shifts to the Secretary to prove that the Claimant is capable, considering his or her age, education and past work experience, of engaging in other kinds of substantial gainful ...

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  • What is considered "Past Relevant Work"

    20 CFR 404.1520(e) states that the decision of whether the impairment prevents the Claimant from doing past relevant work is based upon current work activity, medical facts, the review of residual functional capacity and the mental demand of the work done in the past. 20 CFR 404...

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    20 CFR 404.1520(d) states that the Claimant will be found disabled if the impairment meets the duration requirement and is listed in Appendix 1 or is equal to a listed impairment. 20 CFR 404.1525 states that the Listing of Impairments describes, for each of the major body system...

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  • What is a "Severe Impairment"

    20 CFR 404.1520(a) states the impairment must be severe and meet the duration requirements. 20 CFR 404.1520(c) further notes that the impairment must significantly limit Claimants physical or mental ability to do basic work activities. 20 CFR 404.1520(b) defines a severe impair...

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  • What is "Substantial Gainful activity (SGA)"

    20 CFR 404.1520 indicates that in evaluating a disability claim, the Social Security Administration will consider whether the Claimant is working and engaging in SGA. 20 CFR 404.1572 states that SGA is work activity that is both substantial and gainful.Substantial work activity ...

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  • An Overview of Tort Litigation

    An Overview of Tort Litigation What is a Tort? A Tort is a civil wrong that has caused harm to a person or property. When a Tort is committed, there can be a resulting Cause of Action. To state a cause of action, a party must allege facts that support every component of the caus...

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  • Slander and Libel

    The Law of Slander and Libel Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me. This statement can be far from true. Be aware that name calling, under certain strict circumstances, can damage ones reputation seriously and thusly be actionable as a Dignitary Tort...

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  • The Importance of Jury Selection In Your Injury Case

    The importance of selecting a Jury properly cannot be overemphasized.In fact, many cases are won or lost in the Jury selection process.It goes without saying that an extremely conservative or an extremely liberal Jury will have a significant impact on the verdict and the amount ...

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