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Category Archives: Social Security Disability

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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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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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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DIABETES AND SSD BENEFITS

DIABETES AND WINNING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS Diabetes is a life-threatening disease with severe symptoms that affects approximately 34.2 million Americans. That is 10.5% of the U.S. population. The CDC reports in the 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report that over 88 million U.S. citizens, approximately 1 in 3, have prediabetes. Additionally, 1.4 million adults… Read More »

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SARCOIDOSIS & PROVING DISABILITY

WHAT IS SARCOIDOSIS? Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that causes the immune system to overreact and start attacking the body. The disease does this by forming granulomas. Granulomas are clumps of inflammatory cells. These granulomas, or small clusters of inflamed tissue, start to form throughout the body and imbed themselves in the body’s organs…. Read More »

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HEART FAILURE & DISABILITY – LISTING 4.02

WHAT IS HEART FAILURE? Heart failure is the inability of the heart to pump enough oxygenated blood into your body. Another term for heart disease is cardiovascular disease. Or, diseases which affect the cardiovascular system. This system includes the heart and its arteries, veins and capillaries. Heart failure has certain symptoms and signs. Those… Read More »

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STROKE DISABILITY BENEFITS

Stroke disability benefits are available, if you still are suffering severe stroke symptoms and you cannot work. You must be unable to work for over 12 months in order to be eligible for disability benefits. You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits. The two benefits are have different… 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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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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