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 include […]

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND WINNING DISABILITY BENEFITS

Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that affects the central nervous system. When an individual suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, 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 […]

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 the […]

CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE AND LISTING 4.06

Congenital Heart Disease can be a disabling impairment under SSA’s listing 4.06. The term “congenital” means that it occurs at the time of birth. Congenital heart defects are one of the most common types of birth defects. So, not all heart defects are disabling, because treatment may fix the symptoms. If you have mild symptoms […]

OBESITY & DISABILITY SOCIAL SECURITY RULING 19-2P

SOCIAL SECURITY RULING 19-2P – OBESITY & DISABILITY Obesity is a disability that can prevent you from working. If you are off work for more than 12 months, then you can apply for disability benefits. Over the years, the SSA’s rules regarding obesity have changed multiple times. For example, in the past, one could meet […]

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 Social […]

PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

Psoriatic arthritis can be a disabling disease. The SSA classifies psoriatic arthritis under listing 14.09 for “Inflammatory Arthritis.” In order to receive disability payments, your arthritis must prevent you from working. You might not be able to work due to inability to ambulate or to use your fingers repeatedly for actions like typing. Additionally, you may […]

ALCOHOLISM, DRUGS, AND DISABILITY

CAN YOU RECEIVE DISABILITY BENEFITS IF YOU ARE AN ALCOHOLIC OR DRUG ADDICT? Many people have problems with alcoholism or drug addiction. These addictions can result in mental or physical disability, but it can be difficult to win benefits unless you quit drinking or using drugs. To apply for disability benefits, go to www.ssa.gov and […]

DISABILITY BENEFITS: SSI OR SSD?

SHOULD YOU APPLY FOR SSD OR SSI DISABILITY BENEFITS? Social Security Disability benefits are monthly payments that support individuals who cannot work a full-time job and have a disability. There are two different SSA programs that pay disability benefits. Those programs are  Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). ​Although both programs use […]