The head of our Social Security department, Anthony Vessel, has years of experience with disability claims. In those years, he’s seen a few missteps people make when going through the appeal process. Here’s how to avoid making those mistakes. Don’t Just Say ‘I’m Fine’ When someone asks you how you are, you almost always respond with, “I’m fine,” or, “I’m well.” Usually it’s our default response, even when we’re not feeling fine. We see this often when people file for Social Security. Many clients have medical records saying they’re fine even when they’re feeling poorly. The record clearly doesn’t tell the whole story and can be misleading. Maybe you have chronic back problems, arthritis, or other medical issues that prevent you from carrying out the duties of your job, but because you’re used to saying “I’m fine,” that’s what you tell your doctor. And the flippant response ends up on your official record. When it comes time for your day in court, the judge won’t have a reason to award benefits. Don’t make this mistake. When you see your doctor, let them know what’s wrong. Clearly outline all of your physical discomforts. That way, they can help you, and your records remain accurate. 1. Don’t tell your doctor you’re fine when you’re not.

2. Your disability paperwork is not a resume.

When you’re applying for a new job, it’s a great time to share all of your expertise and how many sales you made last year. Don’t approach your disability paperwork the same way. What’s needed on this paperwork are the physical rigors of your job. Why can’t you type on a keyboard anymore? How much standing or lifting did you do during work hours? If you don’t describe all the nooks and crannies of your job, you’re not giving the judge an accurate representation of the strains your work can cause.

Remember: No one knows your disability like you do.

If you have questions about this information and how it affects you, please feel free to reach out to our educated staff at Marc Whitehead & Associates.

Sweet and Zesty Detox Salad Ingredients (Recipe inspired by

For the Dressing: •

For the Salad: •

1 large carrot, roughly chopped

3 cups chopped kale leaves 2 cups chopped broccoli florets 2 cups chopped red cabbage

• • • • • • •

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil

• • • • • • •

1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger

1 cup matchstick carrots 1 cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon white miso 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil Salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds 1/3 cup sliced green onions

1 diced avocado


1. To make the salad, add all ingredients to a large bowl; toss to combine.

2. To make the dressing, add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper or add extra honey for a sweeter taste.

Puzzle Time!

3. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve immediately.

Made with FlippingBook flipbook maker