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WHY IS A VOCATIONAL EXPERT COMING TO MY HEARING?

A vocational expert is attending your hearing to provide testimony about your work history. They will also testify about any transferable skills you may have that you could use in other types of employment, despite your medical conditions. Most cases are won or lost based on the VE’s testimony at the hearing. That is why you need to hire an experienced SSD lawyer to question the VE and win your Social Security disability benefits.

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SCHIZOPHRENIA AND DISABILITY

WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA? Schizophrenia is a mental illness with severe symptoms that cause a person to seem out of touch with reality. People with schizophrenia may also hear voices or sounds that are not there. Likewise, they may see things that other people cannot see. If someone is seeing things that aren’t really there,… Read More »

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ENDOMETRIOSIS & SSDI BENEFITS

WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS? Endometriosis is a chronic, painful condition that affects women. The condition occurs when the endometrium, which is the lining inside the uterus, begins to grow outside the uterus. The endometrial cells then implant on the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and other organs in the pelvis. This causes pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding,… Read More »

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TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND DISABILITY BENEFITS – LISTING 12.02

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its symptoms can prevent you from working. If you cannot work for more than 12 months due to a TBI, then you should file an application for SSDI and SSI benefits. A TBI can occur from a head injury while playing sports. Also, combat veterans may suffer from a… Read More »

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THE BURDEN TO PROVE DISABILITY IS ON YOU

YOU HAVE THE BURDEN TO PROVE DISABILITY AT YOUR SSA HEARING Most people think it is easy to prove disability to the SSA. Those who apply for benefits think they will win at their hearing, if they simply explain their disabling symptoms to the Judge.  But the SSA system doesn’t work like that. The… Read More »

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BREAST CANCER & SSD BENEFITS

SSDI and SSI benefits are available for individuals who have breast cancer. In order to win those benefits, we recommend you hire an SSD attorney. Certain severe forms of breast cancer are a compassionate allowance under the SSD benefits. An attorney will know if you qualify. Likewise, an attorney with legal experience can help you win your breast cancer SSD benefits in court. They can prepare you to testify about your breast cancer symptoms and prove to the SSA that you cannot work.

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LUPUS DISABILITY BENEFITS

CAN YOU GET LUPUS SSD BENEFITS? Lupus disability benefits are available for people with severe lupus symptoms who cannot work for more than one year. Are you a worker who pays your taxes? Did you stop working for over 12 months due to lupus? If so, you can apply for Social Security Disability benefits… Read More »

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SSA USES SIX DOMAINS TO DESCRIBE CHILDHOOD DISABILITY

WHAT ARE THE SIX CHILDHOOD DISABILITY DOMAINS ? In order to win SSI or childhood disability benefits, you must be familiar with the six domains the SSA uses to describe childhood medical conditions. The six domains are listed below. If your child’s mental or physical condition does not meet a listing, then you can… 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… Read More »

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SYSTEMIC VASCULITIS & SSD BENEFITS

WHAT IS SYSTEMIC VASCULITIS? Systemic vasculitis refers to a group of rare autoimmune diseases that cause inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body. Blood vessels inflammation causes the walls of the blood vessels to thicken. Therefore, this reduces the width of the passageway through the blood vessel. If blood flow is restricted, then it… Read More »

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COLLECT YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS FOR YOUR DISABILITY CASE

CAN YOU COLLECT YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS? Collect your medical records, as they are crucial to winning SSD benefits. After you apply for SSD benefits, you must collect your medical records for your Social Security case. You need to do this whether you apply for SSD, SSI, or both benefits. The reason you need to… Read More »

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HOW FREE MEDICAL RECORDS HELP YOU WIN DISABILITY BENEFITS

YOU MUST HAVE MEDICAL RECORDS TO WIN YOUR SSD BENEFITS If you are like most people who apply for SSDI and SSI benefits, then you need free medical records in order to win your case. You need free records, because it usually costs money to get a copy of your records. And, you don’t… Read More »

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CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE AND LISTING 4.06

WHAT IS CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE? Congenital Heart Disease meets 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. However, not all heart defects are disabling, because medical treatment may fix the symptoms. If you have… Read More »

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THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDICAL RECORDS IN YOUR DISABILITY CASE

THE SSA NEEDS MEDICAL RECORDS AT EVERY LEVEL OF YOUR SSD CASE You must understand the importance of collecting your medical records when you file for SSD benefits. You can apply for SSD and SSI benefits online at the Social Security’s website. When you first apply for benefits, you should include a copy of… Read More »

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THE DATE LAST INSURED AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT DOES THE “DLI” STAND FOR? The “Date Last Insured” is the last day you were insured for SSDI benefits. You may wonder what that means. After all, you probably didn’t realize that the SSD program is an insurance program. But, it is. For example, you pay your insurance “premiums” by paying your taxes… Read More »

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IQ AND WINNING DISABILITY BENEFITS

A low IQ can lead to winning SSD and SSI benefits. For instance, if you have a low IQ, it may prevent you from working. 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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DEPRESSION CAN QUALIFY YOUR FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS

DEPRESSION CAN QUALIFY YOU FOR SSD BENEFITS If you have depression, you need to know if you qualify for SSD benefits. If you have been off work for over 12 months or you think you will be, then should you apply for SSD and SSI benefits? Depression is a common mental ailment that most… Read More »

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FIBROMYALGIA AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

SSD BENEFITS AND FIBROMYALGIA Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that the Social Security Administration recognizes for purposes of paying monthly benefits. You can obtain Social Security benefits from the SSA if you have fibromyalgia and are unable to work. However, you must show that your illness meets certain rules and will last longer than… Read More »

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SSI BENEFITS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

WHAT ARE SSI BENEFITS? SSI benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general taxes. SSI benefits do not come from Social Security taxes. The goal of the SSI program is to provide a monthly payment that helps disabled people, those who are blind, and who also have… Read More »

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HYPOPLASTIC LEFT HEART SYNDROME (HLHS) & SSD

WHAT IS HYPOPLASTIC LEFT HEART SYNDROME? Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is a rare congenital heart defect. When a baby is born with HLHS, the left side of the heart is severely under developed. The affected structures of the heart can include the mitral valve, left ventricle, aortic valve, and the aorta. Because the… Read More »

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DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR DEPRESSION – LISTING 12.04

WHAT IS DEPRESSION? Depression is a mental health condition that brings on chronic feelings of sadness and low mood, loss of interest in activities, and trouble doing your daily activities. A case of depression can be mild or severe and last for a short or long time. For example, you may have a mild… Read More »

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OBESITY & DISABILITY SOCIAL SECURITY RULING 19-2P

Obesity is a medical condition that can prevent you from working. If you are off work for more than 12 months, then you can apply for SSD benefits. However, the SSA eliminated the listing for obesity, which means you cannot meet a listing for obesity. Instead, obesity needs to combine with another medical impairment to prevent you from working. If you can prove that your symptoms of obesity and another medical condition disable you, then you can win SSD and SSI benefits. Hire an experience law firm, like Cannon Disability Law, to help you win your Social Security benefits.

When the SSA took obesity out of the listing, they thought the change would produce financial savings.

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YOU HAD A HEART ATTACK? CAN YOU GET DISABILITY?

HEART ATTACK AND WINNING SSDI BENEFITS You had a heart attack and also had severe problems following the attack. For example, you get chest pain when you exert yourself and you need to sleep for two hours every afternoon. Due to your problems, you can’t work and you want to know if you qualify… Read More »

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DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR HEARING LOSS

Disability benefits are available for those with severe hearing loss. For instance,  the SSA insurance program offers two types of benefits:  Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSDI benefits are awarded if a person is disabled and unable to work. One must work first a certain number of… Read More »

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ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR RETROACTIVE SSD BENEFITS?

THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF DISABILITY BENEFITS – SSD & SSI BENEFITS Retroactive SSD benefits may be available to you. However, it depends on what kind of benefits you are seeking. There are two kinds of Social Security benefits that one can apply for. The first benefit is Social Security Disability or Title II…. Read More »

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ALCOHOLISM, DRUGS, AND DISABILITY

CAN YOU RECEIVE SSD BENEFITS IF YOU ARE AN ALCOHOLIC OR DRUG ADDICT? Alcoholism and drug addiction are problems for many people. 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 Social Security benefits, go to… Read More »

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THREE REASONS TO HIRE A DISABILITY ATTORNEY TO WIN YOUR SSD CASE

There are more than three reasons to hire a disability attorney to represent you in your claim for SSD and SSI benefits. The reason most people don’t hire an attorney is they think it will cost too much money. What most people don’t know is that attorney fees in SSDI and SSI cases are… Read More »

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HOW TO APPLY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS

APPLY NOW FOR SSD BENEFITS If you are wondering how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, then you have come to the right place. Filing for Social Security Disability benefits has never been easier. The SSA has multiple ways for people who cannot work due to a severe medical condition to file an… Read More »

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HOW TO APPLY FOR SSD BENEFITS

HOW TO FILE FOR SSD BENEFITS ONLINE Do you know how to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits? Are you wondering what is the best way to apply? If so, we have some answers. If you have access to the internet, then you should apply online at Social Security’s website. Applying online is… Read More »

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SOMATIC DISORDER & DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT IS A SOMATIC DISORDER? A somatic disorder can prevent you from working a full time job. A somatic disorder requires you to have physical symptoms that are not explained by another medical condition. However, your doctor will not diagnose a somatic disorder only because a medical cause can’t be found for a physical… Read More »

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WHAT QUESTIONS WILL THE JUDGE ASK AT MY DISABILITY HEARING?

Are you wondering what questions the judge will ask at your SSA hearing? Don’t worry, an SSA hearing is nothing like a criminal hearing. You are the main witness. But, you will not be grilled with questions like they do to witnesses on television. SSA hearings are not formal. They are held in private…. Read More »

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BLACK LUNG DISABILITY BENEFITS

BLACK LUNG DISEASE If you have black lung disease or Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis, you may qualify for benefits under the federal Black Lung program. Black lung disease can be seen on chest X-ray and CT scans. If you have black lung disease, then your chest X-ray or CT scan will show pulmonary nodules in… Read More »

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FIVE MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN APPLYING FOR DISABILITY

Mistakes are made every day by thousands of people who file for Social Security benefits. Below you will find a discussion of five common mistakes that you should NOT make when filing for benefits. If you listen to this advice, it will help you win SSDI and SSI benefits. If you cannot work, then… Read More »

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HOW TO BUILD MEDICAL RECORD EVIDENCE FOR YOUR DISABILITY CASE

Medical records are the single most important thing in your SSD case. Building that medical evidence is the best thing you can do to help yourself win SSD and SSI benefits. At Cannon Disability Law, we can help you build your medical records and win your benefits. Unfortunately, many people who apply for SSDI… Read More »

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EPILEPSY AND SEIZURES

SSD benefits are available for Epilepsy and for seizures. If your seizure medications do not control your Epilepsy and you are unable to work, then the SSA may pay you SSD benefits. Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits are paid by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA offers monthly benefits to… Read More »

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STROKE DISABILITY BENEFITS

Stroke SSDI and SSI benefits are available, if you are suffering severe stroke symptoms and you cannot work. You must be unable to work for over 12 months in order to win Social Security benefits. You can apply for SSDI benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits. The two benefits are have different rules. For… Read More »

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VOCATIONAL EXPERT TESTIMONY MUST BE BASED ON EVIDENCE

VOCATIONAL EXPERT TESTIMONY Vocational expert (VE) testimony requires evidence at an ALJ hearing. If you have appeared at a hearing before an SSA judge, a VE probably gave testimony during your hearing. VEs are often called by the judge to testify about the number of jobs that are available to a person seeking benefits…. Read More »

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ARE YOU UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE SSA?

HOW DO SSA INVESTIGATIONS START? How do you know if the SSA is investigating you? Most people who need SSD and SSI benefits are not aware the Social Security Administration can investigate you. However, the SSA does investigate people who apply for benefits. Therefore, you need to know that if you file for SSDI… Read More »

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BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

WHAT IS BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER? Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a medical condition for which SSD benefits are available if you cannot work for more than 12 months due to your condition. To determine if the SSA can pay you benefits for BPD, the SSA will look at all of your symptoms and see… Read More »

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PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE & DISABILITY

WHAT IS PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE? Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also called peripheral arterial disease, is a common circulatory condition in which fatty deposits build up in the artery walls and block blood flow. Your arteries supply blood flow to your arms and legs. If the blood flow is blocked, then you have PAD. When your… Read More »

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SHORT BOWEL SYNDROME & SSD

WHAT IS SHORT BOWEL SYNDROME? Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is a medical condition that occurs when the small intestine is unable to absorb enough nutrients and fluids from the food you eat. It usually occurs because doctors have removed a large part of the small intestine. The small intestine is responsible for absorbing nutrients from… Read More »

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THE APPEALS COUNCIL DENIES MORE THAN 80% OF APPEALS

YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO APPEAL IF THE JUDGE DENIES YOUR CASE AT A HEARING If you lose your case at an ALJ hearing, then you have the right to appeal your case to the Appeals Council. An appeal must be written within 60 days of the date of the ALJ’s decision. The Appeals Council… Read More »

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DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER – LISTING 12.10

WHAT IS AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER? Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that there is range to the condition and some people have greater symptoms than others. For example, some people with this condition do not use spoken language. However, others have excellent spoken language skills, but may have trouble understanding what other people mean… 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 Social Security benefits case. The reason it is so important is your RFC can make the difference between winning or losing your SSD and SSI benefits. If you can prove that your RFC prevents you from… Read More »

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POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER WINS SSD BENEFITS

WHAT IS POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. PTSD can occur in response to a wide range of traumatic experiences. For example, it can occur due combat, sexual or physical assault, natural disasters, accidents,… Read More »

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POST-POLIO SYNDROME & SSDI BENEFITS

IS POST-POLIO SYNDROME A DISABILITY? Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) is a medical condition that affects people who had polio earlier in their lives. PPS can occur decades after the initial polio infection and it can cause disability. If you cannot work for one year or more due to your symptoms, then you can apply for… Read More »

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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 SSD benefits. Because the diseases on the list are so severe, the SSA wants to pay benefits as soon as possible. For example, fatal conditions like ALS… Read More »

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SSA CHANGES DISABILITY LISTINGS FOR BACK CONDITIONS

Back disability benefits are, once again, going through changes by the SSA. The SSA changed their listing of medical conditions for people with a back disability. This change should concern to all lawyers and people who are seeking SSD and SSI benefits. When the SSA changes the medical criteria for benefits, it effects million… Read More »

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HOW TO SPOT A SCAM – SIX THINGS THE SSA WILL NEVER DO

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO SPOT AN SSA SCAM? How can you spot a scam? How do you know if it is really the SSA on the phone calling you? You may have received a phone call from someone claiming they were from the Social Security Administration. There are phone scams, text scams, and… Read More »

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CARR V. SAUL – CAN YOU GET A NEW DISABILITY HEARING?

Can you get a new disability hearing? On April 22, 2021, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Carr, et.al, v.. Saul, 593 U.S. _,(2021). This is an important case because it holds that some claimants have a right to a new hearing. You can obtain a new hearing if you have an unfavorable… Read More »

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