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NEW COMPASSIONATE ALLOWANCES

In 2022 and 2021 there were new Compassionate Allowances. The Compassionate Allowances initiative allows Social Security to quickly identify severe medical conditions that meet the criteria for disability benefits. Because the diseases on the list are so disabling, the SSA wants to pay benefits as soon as possible. For example, fatal conditions like ALS… Read More »

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WHAT IS AN UNSUCCESSFUL WORK ATTEMPT?

An unsuccessful work attempt is when you try to work while you are waiting for benefits. But, you aren’t able to work due to your disability. Many people call us, while they are waiting for the SSA to make a decision, and ask if they can make a “work attempt.” Next, they ask if… Read More »

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PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY & DISABILITY BENEFITS

Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage to the nerves outside of the brain and the spinal column. People who experience peripheral neuropathy feel pain. They also feel numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations in their hands and feet. They will often describe the sensation as feeling like “pins-and-needles” or like their hands and feet have “fallen… Read More »

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THE MEDICAL EXPERT AT THE SSA HEARING

IS A MEDICAL EXPERT COMING TO YOUR HEARING? Is a medical expert going to testify at your disability hearing? If so, do you know why they are going to say? Do you know what the judge is going to ask them? Can the medical expert examine you at the hearing? If you are wondering… Read More »

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MEDICAID BENEFITS INFORMATION

WHAT IS MEDICAID? Medicaid benefits are healthcare for individuals who have a low-income. Medicaid also provides healthcare to some pregnant women, children, elderly individuals, and women with breast or cervical cancer. The Medicaid  program is paid for from the resources of the states and the federal government. Most importantly, Medicaid is a healthcare benefit… Read More »

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MEDICARE BENEFITS INFORMATION

WHAT IS MEDICARE? Medicare is the United States health insurance program for people who are 65 years or older. However, if you receive Social Security Disability benefits, you are also eligible for Medicare benefits. In order to obtain Social Security Disability benefits, you must apply. You can apply online at the Social Security website…. Read More »

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AIDS DISABILITY BENEFITS

AIDS disability benefits are available if your condition is preventing your from working. Many individuals with HIV infection have severe symptoms that prevent them from working. If you have severe AIDS symptoms and you will be off work for over 12 months, then the SSA may find you eligible for disability benefits. On the… Read More »

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ADHD DISABILITY BENEFITS

ADHD STANDS FOR ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER ADHD disability benefits may be available to replace your income if you cannot work. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that typically affects children. However, ADHD also impacts the life of many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include not being able to pay attention or to keep one’s focus… Read More »

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COPD DISABILITY BENEFITS

IS COPD A DISABILITY? COPD disability benefits are available if you cannot work due to your severe  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… Read More »

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ASTHMA DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT IS ASTHMA? Asthma is a type of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) that involves inflammation of your lung’s bronchial tubes. When you have asthma, muscles in your bronchial tubes constrict due to irritation. Additionally, the inflammation causes excess mucus and swelling which narrows the bronchial tubes. The muscle constriction and the inflammation makes… 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 in the mail. This notice is 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… Read More »

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IQ AND WINNING DISABILITY BENEFITS

Your IQ can lead to winning SSD and SSI benefits. For instance, 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…. 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 often, Crohn’s disease occurs in the small intestine and the colon. Symptoms often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever. Additionally, you may also experience abdominal distention and weight loss. Other complications from the disease 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 win SSD benefits, you must have a disability that keeps you from working for over 12 months. SSD and… 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 mental health symptoms are severe enough that they keep you from working, then you might be eligible for SSD and SSI benefits. In order to win disability benefits, you must be off work for 12 months or more. Bipolar Disorder… 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. You may wonder what that means. After all, you probably didn’t realize that the Social Security Disability program is an insurance program. But, it is. For example, you pay your insurance “premiums” by paying your taxes when you work. Therefore,… Read More »

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