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SJOGREN’S SYNDROME BENEFITS

WHAT IS SJOGREN’S SYNDROME? Sjögren’s syndrome is an immune disorder of the exocrine glands. It is named after Swedish doctor Henrik Sjögren who first described it in 1933. The autoimmune disorder occurs when there is dysfunction of certain glands, mostly the salivary and lacrimal glands. This condition affects the body’s moisture producing glands. Therefore,… 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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WHAT IS AN UNSUCCESSFUL WORK ATTEMPT?

SSA’S 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.”… Read More »

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MENIERE’S DISEASE & DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT IS MENIERE’S DISEASE? Meniere’s disease is a rare disorder of the inner ear. The inner ear controls your balance and hearing. If you have a disorder of your inner ear, then it is likely you will suffer hearing loss. Along with hearing loss, Ménière’s disease also causes vertigo and loss of balance. If… 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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CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME & SSD BENEFITS

WHAT IS CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a systemic disorder whose main symptom is unexplained fatigue. The fatigue is not relieved by rest and can worsen with physical and mental activity.  CFS can occur in children, as well as in adults. The CDC defines the syndrome as one of ongoing fatigue… Read More »

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TRICK QUESTIONS THE SSA JUDGE MIGHT ASK

WILL THE JUDGE ASK TRICK QUESTIONS DURING THE SSA HEARING? Trick questions are not the norm in Social Security hearings. So, you don’t really need to worry about it. Most judges are not out to confuse, upset, or undermine you during your SSD hearing. However, there are some questions that can cause problems for… Read More »

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HOW TO FILL OUT SSA’S WORK HISTORY FORM

WHAT IS SSA’S WORK HISTORY REPORT FORM? Do you know how to fill out SSA’s Work History form? If you are asking yourself this question, then that is good! You should worry about what you write on the forms that you send to Social Security. Believe it or not, the work history form is… Read More »

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DEMENTIA & DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT IS DEMENTIA? Dementia is not a specific disease. Instead, dementia is a group of conditions that effect your brain’s neurological health. For example, you may have dementia if you have ongoing memory loss and poor judgment.  Additionally, dementia usually involves a progressive decline in your cognitive function, memory, and language skills. Dementia interferes… Read More »

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SSD BENEFITS FOR BRONCHIECTASIS

WHAT IS BRONCHIECTASIS? Bronchiectasis is a condition that occurs when the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs get damaged, causing them to widen and become loose and scarred. These tubes are called airways. Bronchiectasis usually results from an infection or other condition that injures the walls of your airways or… 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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SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS – WHEN TO FILE

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY AND SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME BENEFITS Many people contact our office asking whether they should file an application for Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income. Typically, they wonder if they will qualify for benefits. But they also wonder if they should wait to file for benefits.  After all, many people are… Read More »

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THE FIVE STEP PROCESS TO QUALIFY FOR SSD BENEFITS

WHAT IS THE FIVE STEP PROCESS TO WIN SSD BENEFITS? INTRODUCTION TO SSA’S SEQUENTIAL EVALUATION PROCESS The SSA has a five step review process that they use to see if you qualify for SSDI and SSI benefits. Each step is a question that helps the SSA know what to do with your claim. Depending… Read More »

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BIPOLAR DISORDER AND SSD BENEFITS

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR SSD BENEFITS IF YOU HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER? Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that can qualify for Social Security benefits. If your mental health symptoms are severe enough that they keep you from working, then you might be able to win SSDI and SSI benefits. In order to… 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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MALIGNANT MELANOMA & SSD

WHAT IS MALIGNANT MELANOMA? Malignant melanoma is a type of skin cancer that threatens your life if you leave it untreated. Skin cancer is usually found by your doctor through a physical exam. The doctor will then do a biopsy or imaging tests. This type of cancer can cause severe disability and even death… Read More »

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KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY AND SSD BENEFITS

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY? Knee replacement surgery can result in winning SSDI and SSI benefits if you can no longer work. Especially, if you have chronic pain and cannot work for longer than 12 months. Typically, over 600,000 knee replacement operations are done every year in the United States. Sometimes people undergo… Read More »

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TIPS ON WINNING YOUR NEVADA MENTAL HEALTH CASE

WIN SSD BENEFITS FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN NEVADA Nevada mental health SSD benefits are available for you. Cannon Disability Law can help you win SSDI and SSI benefits for your mental condition. In order to win benefits for mental health from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you need treatment. There are many low cost and sliding… Read More »

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PARKINSON’S DISEASE & SSD BENEFITS

PARKINSON’S DISEASE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Every year, around 60,000 Americans get Parkinson’s disease. Around the world, there are more than 10 million people living with the condition. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition that affects the nervous system. It also affects the parts of the body controlled by the nerves. Parkinson’s disease… Read More »

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VARICOSE VEINS & SSD BENEFITS

WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS? Varicose veins are veins that have become swollen and twisted. They are usually found in your legs. However, they can also occur in other parts of the body. They develop because of a blockage in the vein. As you can see from the illustration below, a normal vein has healthy… Read More »

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THE WAIS IV & INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

DOES THE SSA USE THE WAIS IV TO TEST FOR INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY? The WAIS-IV is a test that the SSA uses to measure your intelligence. Normally, the SSA will set up a Psychological Evaluation for you to attend. They call this going to an SSA doctor exam. Learn more about the how to prepare… Read More »

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE & SSD BENEFITS

Substance abuse could prevent you from winning SSDI and SSI benefits. This is because the SSA has rules that prevent you from winning SSD benefits if your disability is due to the abuse of alcohol or drugs. Abuse of alcohol is not having a drink at a party or having a drink with dinner…. Read More »

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MIGRAINES & DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT ARE MIGRAINE HEADACHES? Migraines are not just a headache. Migraines are a severe headache that often comes with nausea, vomiting and light sensitivity. However, migraine symptoms are different for everyone. But, they are known to be vascular headaches that create serious head pain. The head pain is caused by the activation of nerve… 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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WHAT IS THE FIVE MONTH WAITING PERIOD?

WHAT IS THE FIVE MONTH WAITING PERIOD FOR SSD BENEFITS? There is a five month waiting period in every Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) case. It applies to everyone with very few exceptions. Even if you file for SSDI benefits on the same day you became unable to work and the SSA granted your… Read More »

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CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE & SSD BENEFITS

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) can result in symptoms which prevent you from working. If you have CKD you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. In order to win SSD benefits, you must have a medical condition that keeps you from working for over 12 months. SSD… Read More »

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PANCREATIC CANCER & SSD BENEFITS

TYPES OF PANCREATIC CANCER Pancreatic cancer starts in the pancreas, which is an organ in your abdomen behind the stomach. There are two main types of pancreatic cancer: Exocrine Pancreatic Cancer and Endocrine Pancreatic Cancer. You can obtain SSDI and SSI benefits for both types of cancer. However, you can only be paid benefits… Read More »

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ACUTE LEUKEMIA & DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT IS LEUKEMIA? Acute Leukemia is a form of cancer that starts in the bone marrow, where your blood cells are produced. It  affects white blood cells, which are crucial for the body’s immune system. Acute leukemia starts when a cell changes and becomes a leukemia cell. Because it no longer matures the way it should,… Read More »

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THE MEDICAL OPINION OF YOUR DOCTOR

HOW DOES THE SSA WEIGH THE MEDICAL OPINION OF YOUR DOCTOR? The medical opinion of your doctor should matter more than the opinion of SSA’s doctors. Most people submit a letter or progress notes from their doctor that states they cannot work. Sometimes, they even file for SSD benefits on the advice of their… Read More »

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SUBSTANTIAL GAINFUL ACTIVITY

THE SSA AND SUBSTANTIAL GAINFUL ACTIVITY (SGA) Substantial gainful activity are the words the SSA uses for “work.” If you file a claim for SSD benefits and you are still working, then you are going to hear the term “substantial gainful activity.” But what is SGA? SGA means “work” over a certain amount of… 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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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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OSTEOPOROSIS & SSD BENEFITS

WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS? Osteoporosis is a medical condition that occurs because bone resorption exceeds the rate of bone formation. Bone is living tissue. In order for it to be healthy, it needs to undergo a renewal process. When a person has healthy bone tissue, there is a balance when old bone is broken down… Read More »

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DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR BACK PAIN

YOU CAN WIN SSDI & SSI BENEFITS FOR BACK PAIN  If you suffer from back pain and cannot work, then you may win Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers Social Security Disability Insurance or SSI benefits.  If you have worked and paid taxes, then the SSA can pay you monthly… Read More »

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MARFAN SYNDROME AND SSD BENEFITS

WHAT IS MARFAN SYNDROME? Marfan syndrome is a genetic connective tissue disorder that can cause severe physical issues. For example, the condition affects multiple body systems, including the skeleton, eyes, heart, blood vessels, nervous system, skin, and lungs. If your symptoms are severe and prevent you from working, then you can obtain SSDI and SSI… Read More »

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SCHIZOPHRENIA AND DISABILITY

WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA Schizophrenia is a mental condition that causes 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, then they… Read More »

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HIP REPLACEMENT & SSD BENEFITS

Hip replacement can result in winning SSD benefits if you are unable to work after surgery. However, you must be unable to work for at least 12 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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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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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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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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CONSULTATIVE EXAM TIPS – Medical Evidence Wins Your Benefits

WHAT IS A CONSULTATIVE EXAM? After you apply for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you may receive a notice in the mail. This notice schedules you for a Consultative Exam.  The SSA usually schedules an exam with one of their doctors during the first six months of the appeals process…. Read More »

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ESOPHAGEAL CANCER & SSD

WHAT IS ESOPHAGEAL CANCER? Esophageal cancer is a malignant cancer that affects the digestive system. The cancer occurs in the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach. This form of cancer is relatively uncommon compared to some other types of cancer. However, the chances of developing esophageal cancer depends… Read More »

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COPD DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT IS COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of progressive lung diseases. However, it is different than asthma. If you need to know more about asthma, then read here to learn about asthma benefits. The most common COPD diseases are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema destroys air sacs in your lungs and… Read More »

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APPEALS COUNCIL REVIEW

APPEALS COUNCIL REVIEW – SHOULD YOU APPEAL? Appeals Council review is the next step after an ALJ hearing. If the ALJ sent you an Unfavorable Decision after your hearing, you should be asking if it is time to seek the Appeals Council review. The Appeals Council is a group of individuals who review ALJ… Read More »

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CONVERSION DISORDER

WHAT IS CONVERSION DISORDER? Conversion disorder is a mental condition in which people experience neurological symptoms, but doctors cannot find the reason for the symptoms. The symptoms often present as physical problems. For example, you could have issues with motor function, sensory perception, or even seizures. The term “conversion” is used to describe the… Read More »

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SSA’S INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY LISTING

WHAT IS INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY? Intellectual disability (ID) is a term that is used to describe a person who has limits in their mental ability and in their communication skills, self care skills, and social skills. Children with ID take longer to learn to speak, walk, and take care of themselves. They have trouble learning in… Read More »

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SPINAL STENOSIS & DISABILITY

WHAT IS SPINAL STENOSIS? Spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the nerves that pass through it. Compression or the nerve can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the back, legs, and arms. There are two main types of spinal stenosis: lumbar and cervical spinal stenosis…. Read More »

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SCHEUERMANN’S DISEASE & SSD

WHAT IS SCHEUERMANN’S DISEASE? Scheuermann’s disease, also known as Scheuermann’s kyphosis, is a condition that affects the spine. In particular, it is found in the thoracic or upper spine. Scheuermann’s disease is a type of juvenile osteochondrosis, which is a disorder that affects the growth and development of bones. In Scheuermann’s disease, the vertebrae… Read More »

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CANCER OF THE FEMALE GENITAL TRACT & SSD BENEFITS

WHAT IS CANCER OF THE FEMALE GENITAL TRACT? Cancer of the female genital tract is a type of cancer that affects the reproductive organs in women. It includes carcinoma or sarcoma of the uterus, cervix, vulva and ovaries. This type of cancer can be caused by many factors. For example, genetics, lifestyle choices, and… Read More »

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