Vocational Expert (VE)

Vocational experts are frequent witnesses at Social Security hearings. The decision as to whether to have a VE is made by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Some judges have a VE at almost every hearing, others rarely use a VE. The VE is trained in rehabilitation and...

Substantial Gainful Activity

Social Security regulations provide specific definitions in regard to what constitutes “disability” within the Social Security statute. One part of that definition deals with the inability to perform “Substantial Gainful Activity” within the...

NOSSCR

The National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives was formed in 1979 by a small group of lawyers who regularly represented claimants in their appeals for disability benefits. Through NOSSCR the lawyers were able to exchange information in regard to...

Columbia Hearing Office

The second step of the Social Security evaluation (in Missouri) is an administrative hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. For more than 25 years Missouri’s Hearing Offices have been located in St. Louis County (Creve Coeur), Downtown St. Louis,...