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Why You Might Need a Consultative Examination

January 24, 2022 Disability

The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires extensive medical documentation to establish the existence of a disability. The agency uses a very strict definition of “disability” that is much narrower than the common meaning of the term, and only claimants whose conditions meet those listed in the Blue Book will qualify […]

SSA Expands Compassionate Allowance Program

January 17, 2022 Disability

The application process for Social Security disability benefits can be lengthy. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), it takes about three to five months to make an initial decision on a claim. If the claim is approved, it takes approximately another five months for the benefits to begin. However, […]

Medical-Vocational Allowances

December 24, 2021 Disability

The Social Security Disability program provides benefits for individuals who suffer from physical or mental disabilities that prevent them from working. But the eligibility criteria for the program are strict, and applicants must demonstrate to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that their condition meets the agency’s very strict definition of […]

I have closed my law firm effective 10/21/22. If you believe you are a current client, you are probably mistaken. I am only representing clients in the very last stage of their cases where a decision is about to be rendered and where no action needs to be taken in order to get that decision. I have withdrawn from all other cases. I am no longer representing you and you should have gotten a letter to that effect. For Social Security matters, I advise you call Jenkins, Block & Associates at 410-727-4000 or email at or - for all other matters I have no recommended referral. I do not regularly monitor this email or my phone messages. Requests for former client files should be made in writing to:

Emmett B. Irwin
1777 Reisterstown Rd. Suite 265
Pikesville, MD 21208