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Rosasco Attends NOSSCR Disability Lawyer Conference in LA

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I had a great time at the NOSSCR Social Security Disability  law conference in Los Angeles last week.  I actually had a chance to chat with Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue down at the pool.  This is a very bright guy, and in my opinion he is moving the agency in the right direction.  His Deputy Commissioner Linda deSoto and Chief Administrative Law Judge Frank Cristaudo were also quite impressive.  It was also great to break bread at an old Italian restaurant named Matteos with my good friend Larry Wittenburg, probably the best Social Security attorney in North Carolina.

As a Member of the NOSSCR Board of Directors and Second Circuit representative, I hosted our Second Circuit Round-table discussions on Wednesday night which are always interesting.  The rest of the seminars dealt with how to win Social Security disability claims involving many types of disabilities, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, depression, MS (multiple sclerosis), lupus, fibromyalgiaherniated disks, bipolar disorder, arthritis, seizure disorders, lung disease, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy),  COPDCRPS (Chronic regional pain syndrome), anxiety and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). 

Our office sees these and other unique diseases every week.  We probably have a higher incidence of PTSD here in New York due to the ongoing trauma of 9/11 workers’ compensation claims.  The next national Social Security disability lawyer conference will be next Spring in Washington, DC, where we plan to lobby Congress to improve the Social Security Disability system for disabled clients. 

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