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COPD DISABILITY BENEFITS

IS COPD A DISABILITY? COPD disability benefits are available if you cannot work due to your COPD symptoms. In order to receive SSD and SSI benefits, your COPD symptoms must be so severe that you cannot work for more than 12 months. This article discusses COPD, when it becomes disabling, and how to apply and… Read More »

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ASTHMA DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT IS ASTHMA? Asthma is a condition which can qualify for disability benefits. The reason asthma can be disabling is that it is a chronic respiratory condition of the airways and lungs. Asthma causes continuous inflammation in the lung’s airways and makes it difficult to breathe. Because of this chronic inflammation, the lung’s airways… Read More »

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CONSULTATIVE EXAMINATION TIPS – Medical Evidence Wins Your Disability Claim

WHAT IS A CONSULTATIVE EXAMINATION? After you apply for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you may receive a notice scheduling you for a Consultative Examination.  The SSA usually schedules a Consultative Examination during the first six months of the appeals process. For instance, they will schedule it during the initial… Read More »

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IQ AND WINNING DISABILITY BENEFITS

Your IQ can lead to winning disability benefits? If you have a low IQ, you may not be able to work. You might know if you have a low IQ because it is hard to learn new things. Or, maybe you cannot keep a job, because you keep getting fired. Perhaps you are not… Read More »

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OSTEOARTHRITIS AND SSD BENEFITS

WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS? Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones wears away. When the cartilage wears away, you feel pain and stiffness in your joints. You may also experience swelling and a burning sensation in your joints. Eventually, muscle weakness and reduced… Read More »

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DEMENTIA & DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT IS DEMENTIA? Dementia is not a specific disease. Instead, dementia is a group of impairments that effect your brain’s neurological health. For example, you may have dementia if you have memory loss and poor judgment over a period of time.  Additionally, dementia usually involves a progressive decline in your cognitive function, memory, and… Read More »

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HIP REPLACEMENT & SSD BENEFITS

Hip replacement can result in disability benefits, if you are unable to work after surgery. However, you must be unable to work for at least 12 consecutive months following your hip operation. Additionally, your hip condition must interfere with your ability to perform your work. Likewise, it must also interfere with your ability to… Read More »

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CROHN’S DISEASE & SSD BENEFITS

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which can affect the gastrointestinal tract. Most commonly, Crohn’s disease occurs in the small intestine and the colon. Symptoms often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, abdominal distension, and weight loss. Other complications from the disease that are outside the gastrointestinal tract can include anemia,… Read More »

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CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE & SSD BENEFITS

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) can result in disabling impairments which prevent you from working. If you have CKD you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income benefits. In order to be eligible for SSD benefits, you must have a disability that keeps you from working for over 12 months…. Read More »

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RESIDUAL FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY & SSD

WHAT IS RESIDUAL FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY? Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) is one of the most important concepts in your disability claim. The reason it is so important is your RFC can make the difference between winning or losing your SSD case. If you can prove that your RFC prevents you from working, then you can… Read More »

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BIPOLAR DISORDER AND SSD BENEFITS

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that can be disabling. If your symptoms are severe enough that they keep you from working for 12 months or more, then you might be eligible for SSD and SSI benefits. Social Security Disability benefits are available for people who have paid into the disability system. Find… Read More »

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THE DATE LAST INSURED AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

The “Date Last Insured” is the last day you were insured for disability benefits. If you are thinking about applying for Social Security Disability benefits, then you need to know that important date. The reason you need to know your “Date Last Insured” (DLI) is that the DLI may determine whether or not you… Read More »

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