Social Security Disability Attorney Speaks at National Conference
Roose & Ressler Lawyer Mary T. Meadows Presents in Washington, D.C.
Toledo, OH – October 30, 2017 – Social Security disability attorney Mary T. Meadows, manager of Roose & Ressler’s Toledo office, presented during the semi-annual National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) conference in Washington, D.C. The presentation addressed the practice and ethical issues for attorneys that have emerged from the recent changes in the regulations government the submission of evidence in Social Security and SSI disability cases.
The most recent change requires that claimants and their representatives inform or submit evidence to Social Security that relates to a claim of disability no later than five days before a hearing. Meadows says that while this may seem like a reasonable request on its surface, there are several problems.
“It’s not always clear what relates to a claim of disability,” Meadows says. “And, a claimant may have difficulty remembering to advise their attorney of medical treatment, and lastly, there are often delays in obtaining copies of medical records.”
Meadows advises claimants to keep a medical diary and to keep an attorney advised of treatment. “We work to make sure our practice standards address these potential pitfalls so that we can present a complete record to the judge by the time of the hearing,” Meadows adds. “We ask clients at every appointment whether there has been any recent treatment visits or any new sources of treatment. And we notify Social Security of treatment at regular intervals long before a hearing is scheduled.”
While in the nation’s capital, Meadows also presented at a Maryland Legal Aid training for its staff an attorneys regarding these practice and ethical issues, as well as an overview of recent regulatory changes. “There have been more regulatory changes in the past year than I believe I have seen over the past 20 years,” Meadows says.
“It is so important that we, as attorneys, stay current on all of these changes in the regulatory environment, and to represent Roose & Ressler and Toledo in D.C. is quite an honor,” Meadows said. “We use this knowledge to the benefit of our clientele, and being a regular presenter across the country and across Toledo allows me the opportunity to share this expertise with our colleagues.”