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MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS THE JUDGE MUST CONSIDER

HOW DOES THE JUDGE RATE MENTAL CONDITIONS AT DISABILITY HEARINGS? Mental Impairments are crucial to determining disability. At disability hearings, the ALJ must weigh the medical evidence. By “weigh” the evidence, he or she must determine which evidence to give the most credence too. For example, most SSA files contain evidence from the claimant’s… Read More »

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THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDICAL RECORDS IN YOUR DISABILITY CASE

THE SSA NEEDS MEDICAL RECORDS AT EVERY LEVEL OF THE DISABILITY CASE It is paramount that you understand the importance of collecting all of your medical records when you apply for disability benefits. When you first apply for benefits, you should include a copy of your medical records with your application. This is true… Read More »

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DEPRESSION CAN QUALIFY YOUR FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS

Depression can qualify you for disability benefits. Millions of people suffer from Depression, yet still manage to go to work and function in their daily lives.  Many people are diagnosed with Depression or Bipolar Disorder, but their symptoms are controlled with medication. Therefore, they are able to work.  When depressive symptoms become so severe… Read More »

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FIVE NEW COMPASSIONATE ALLOWANCES FOR 2020

In 2020, Andrew Saul, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, announced five new Compassionate Allowances conditions: Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumors GM1 Gangliosidosis – Infantile and Juvenile Forms Nicolaides-Baraister Syndrome Rubinstein-Tybai Syndrome Secondary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain If you have one of the above conditions, you can apply online for disability benefits at… Read More »

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EATING DISORDERS & ANOREXIA CAN BE DISABLING

EATINGS DISORDERS CAN BE DISABLING The SSA has added eating disorders to their disability criteria in the listed impairments.  If you have an eating disorder that impacts you physically or mentally, it is possible that you could be granted disability benefits.  For example, if you have Anorexia, you may have difficulty with your memory,… Read More »

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SSA ADDS FOUR NEW COMPASSIONATE ALLOWANCES

SSA Adds Four New Compassionate Allowances Conditions On August 19, 2019, the SSA added four new conditions to the list of compassionate allowances. The SSA has a list of conditions they consider disabling. This list is the Listed Impairments. Additionally, the SSA has a list of disabling impairments they consider to be automatically disabling…. Read More »

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WHAT IS A TRIAL WORK PERIOD?

YOU WON BENEFITS AND WANT TO TRY GOING BACK TO WORK. CAN YOU DO IT? You won disability benefits and one year has gone by. Perhaps you are feeling better and want to try to work again. Can you go back to work and still receive disability benefits? This is a great question and… Read More »

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WHY DOES SSA KEEP DENYING MY CASE?

Why Hasn’t SSA Granted Your Case? At Cannon Disability Law, we hear a version of this question every day. People look at their neighbors and believe they should not be receiving disability benefits. They also believe they should get benefits and can’t understand why the SSA denied their case. If you are asking yourself a similar… Read More »

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Can I Retire Early And Still Collect Disability Benefits?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY BENEFITS? Many people who can no longer work due to disability, experience confusion about whether to retire early or to apply for disability benefits. What option you chose can have serious consequences for your income over time. While it is correct that the SSA administers both benefits,… Read More »

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How Much Money Is My Monthly Disability Benefit?

MONTHLY DISABILITY BENEFIT How much money is your monthly disability benefit going to be? There are ads on the internet that promise people who apply for disability benefits will receive almost $3000 a month. If only that were true. These ads are alluding to a benefit amount that is not available to most working… Read More »

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