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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND WINNING DISABILITY BENEFITS

Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that affects the central nervous system. When an individual suffers from M.S., the disease damages the insulating covers of the nerve cells in the brain. It also damages nerve cells in the spinal cord and optic nerves. This nerve damage process is called demyelination.  Demyelination can cause symptoms… Read More »

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DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR DEPRESSION – LISTING 12.04

Disability benefits for Depression are available under Listing 12.04 from the Social Security Administration. If your depression prevents you from working for over 12 months, then submit an application for Social Security Disability & SSI benefits. If you are unable to work, then you may be eligible for disability insurance. This is a monthly… Read More »

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GRID RULES AND WINNING SSD BENEFITS

GRID Rules are regulations the SSA uses to award disability benefits if you are over 50 years old. The GRID Rules are actually called the Medical Vocational Guidelines. These guidelines apply to you if your disability does not meet or equal a listed impairment. These special rules also apply to you if you are… Read More »

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LUPUS DISABILITY BENEFITS

CAN YOU GET DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR LUPUS? Lupus disability benefits are available for people with severe lupus symptoms who cannot work a full-time job. Are you a full-time worker who pays your taxes? Have you stopped working due to Lupus symptoms? If so, you are eligible to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Disability… Read More »

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FEDERAL COURT REVIEW FOR YOUR SSD CASE

CAN YOU APPEAL YOUR SSD CASE TO FEDERAL COURT? It is possible to appeal a denial from the Appeals Council to Federal Court. However, in order to have access to judicial review under the Social Security Act, the decision of the SSA must be final. Also, you must file a Complaint in Federal Court within… Read More »

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HOW THE SSA EVALUATES PAIN

The SSA evaluates pain when it considers your claim for disability benefits. How the SSA evaluates pain is probably one of the most important issues in a disability case. Social Security Regulations have evolved over time from using only objective medial evidence as proof of pain, to mandating consideration of subjective testimony along with objective… Read More »

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BACK PAIN AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR BACK IMPAIRMENTS Do you have back pain that results in disability? To qualify for disability benefits, the SSA requires you to have a “medically determinable” impairment that lasts for at least one year. This means that MRI’s, CT scans, or x-rays, should show show that your back pain is… Read More »

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THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS

THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PROGRAM IS GROWING The Social Security Disability program has seen significant growth in both costs and the number of beneficiaries in the last 25 years. Since 1990, the working-age population receiving disability benefits has more than doubled—from about 1 in 40 individuals to about 1 in 20. Government spending on… Read More »

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE & SSD BENEFITS

Substance abuse could prevent you from winning disability benefits. This is because the SSA has regulations that prevent you from winning SSD benefits if your disability is due to abuse of alcohol or drugs. Abuse of alcohol is not just occasional use, social drinking, or a drink with dinner. It is an unhealthy addiction… Read More »

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BLINDNESS AND EARNING WORK CREDITS FOR SSD BENEFITS

SSD benefits for the blind are available under SSA’s laws. In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits due to blindness, you will need to provide evidence that shows you meet the visual listings. The visual listings for blindness include people who have been blind since birth. In addition, it applies to those that have… Read More »

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