What You Should Do If the Social Security Administration Advises You that Dr. Alfred Jonas Will Be Testifying At Your Social Security Hearing.
Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses unqualified and biased medical experts at Social Security Disability Hearings. One such non-examining, non-treating physician is Dr. Alfred Jonas, who has often been used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to testify at Social Security hearings.
What The Court Said About Dr. Jonas In Creekmore v. Colvin?
Ms. Creekmore applied for Social Security Disability benefits and, Dr. Alfred Jonas testified on the phone during her hearing.
The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) denied Ms. Creekmore’s claim because of the testimony of Dr. Jonas. Ms. Creekmore and her attorney appealed. The Court, in Creekmore v. Colvin, Civil Action No. 5:14-3019-RMG (BSC August 12, 2005), commented there:
“Appears to be a troubling pattern of the Social Security Administration repeatedly using Dr. Jonas to attack the opinions and treatment of Claimant’s treating physicians…
The frequency of Dr. Jonas testimony on behalf of the Social Security Administration and against the Claimant and his likely significant compensation for these services should be fully disclosed as they may be highly relevant to the weight and credibility given to Dr. Jonas’ opinions.
The court would look with grave concern on the use of Social Security Administration’s of a “hired gun” expert to defeat the claims of potentially deserving claimant’s by systematically attacking the opinions and treatment to their treating physicians.
On remand, the Administrative Law Judge is directed to obtain and provide the Claimant an itemized disclosure of Dr. Jonas compensation, testimony and history on behalf of the Social Security Administration from 2010 to the present.”
The court noted, that Dr. Jonas had been used in Social Security cases in New York and Alabama where Federal Courts had found that (SSA) had given improper weight to Dr. Jonas testimony as a medical expert.
What Should I do If My Notice of Hearing Says There Is Going To Be A Medical Examiner Testify?
If you don’t have an attorney, you need to obtain one! You’ll need to cross examine that medical examiner about your symptoms, functional capacity and side effects of medication. If you try to represent yourself, it’s like saying you have become an expert just because “you stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.” You aren’t an expert in cross examining a physician and you can easily lose your case if you aren’t represented.
Need Help With Your Social Security Disability Claim?
If you live in Tampa Bay, you should consult Social Security Disability attorney, Nancy Cavey who can make sure that the proper investigation is done about the expert medical advisors qualifications. The compensation the consult gets paid, the number of cases the consultant handles per year, and the number of times in which the consultants opinion has been rejected by the court.
Don’t delay! Call Social Security Disability attorney, Nancy Cavey at (727) 894-3188.