A Missouri man recently pleaded guilty to federal charges after threatening a psychologist to influence the Social Security disability benefits process. The 32-year-old Kansas City resident had been charged with obstructing the federal proceedings before a federal agency and faces up to five years in federal prison and a quarter of a million dollar fine.
Tyrone Holman left threatening voice messages for the psychologist, laying blame for Holman's 2006 murder of his twin brother, which he claimed was a result of a previous disability benefits denial. The two had never met, but the psychologist was scheduled to evaluate Holman for a subsequent Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim.
Holman demanded $90,000 in restitution for his time in prison for involuntary manslaughter, and threatened legal action against the psychologist. The psychologist's report of Holman's threats was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations.
One can only speculate that Holman hoped that his erratic behavior might convince the psychologist of a mental illness. But proof of any disability under the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and SSI processes requires something beyond stunts and anecdotal evidence. Compiling sufficient proof of chronic pain, degenerative disorders, spine injuries and other severe impairments takes diligence and a sound understanding of how SSA administrative law judges make decisions.
Those Who Need Social Security Disability Benefits Deserve Clear Answers
Some SSDI and SSI claims are denied at the first level, and clients often only seek out legal help when filing an appeal. An important thing any disability applicant should realize is that SSDI lawyers will generally handle a client's claim in a way that only requires legal fees if the applicant is successful.
Disability claims attorneys who have handled thousands of cases know how to educate clients about the specific evidence required by the SSA to prove a disability that prevents a person from seeking or returning to work. Just as important, an SSDI and SSI lawyer can explain associated issues, such as Medicare/Medicaid, tax implications and how clients can seek out free or low-cost health care options.
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