You might not know it, but March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of America, Brain Injury Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness about the causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), how to prevent them and the challenges facing those who live with a brain injury. TBIs are head injuries […]
When a claim for Social Security disability benefits is denied, the applicant has a right to appeal that decision. The final stage of the appeals process is an administrative hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The judge’s final decision will be based on the medical evidence the applicant has submitted. It’s important […]
The Social Security Administration has recently released its list of 2020 Social Security changes. We’d like to share some of the details with our readers who will be receiving or expect to receive retirement benefits, supplemental income benefits or disability benefits in 2020. Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) To keep up with inflation, there’s a […]
A technicality that surprises many Social Security Disability claimants is a rule called the “date last insured” (DLI). This date is the last date you are eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). While there are many factors involved, your DLI generally expires around five years after you stop working. Regardless of your disabling […]
Social Security Disability claimants, take note: the Trump administration is working on a proposal authorizing SSA to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, as an investigative tool to identify fraudulent claims for Social Security disability benefits. The New York Times reports this is part of the current administration’s efforts to “save Medicare, Medicaid […]
If you suffer from a spinal cord injury or disease, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). There are two ways to qualify for SSDI benefits for spinal cord disorders:
• meeting Listing 11.08 as defined by SSA, or
• if the impairment does not meet the criteria of a listing, it can medically equal the criteria of a listing.
In either case, your condition must limit your functioning so much that you cannot work and earn a living. The following presents the basics you need to know about filing for critical SSDI benefits you need and deserve, or appealing a claim denial for SSDI benefits for spinal cord disorders.
What does Social Security look at when deciding to award disability benefits for cerebral palsy (CP)? Even with the strongest claims, many CP disability cases are initially denied. Having good legal help after a claim denial can make the difference between winning and losing much needed compensation.
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella condition for several different movement disorders. In many cases, it has also been shown to negatively impact hearing, eyesight, speech, and reasoning, and it can also cause seizures. Those with severe cerebral palsy may be able to get disability benefits from Social Security – if they qualify.
How does Social Security evaluate and award weight loss disability benefits? While many people fight to drop a few pounds, those who have an ongoing weight loss problem know just how frustrating and scary it can be.
Most of the time, persistent trouble maintaining weight is a symptom of a serious medical disease. Depending on the nature of the related medical disorder, you may be experiencing a variety of serious associated symptoms that make it difficult to engage in regular activities of daily living or even concentrate for long periods of time.
Do you qualify for SSDI benefits for short bowel syndrome? How does Social Security evaluate this digestive system impairment for disability?
Anyone who has short bowel syndrome (SBS) knows how hard it is to live with. Not only are you often weak and tired, you have to deal with frequent heartburn, cramping, and bloating. And, of course, the diarrhea can be so severe it can lead to malnutrition and death if you aren’t properly treated.
People with bronchiectasis not only experience frequent trouble breathing, they tend to have repeated, serious bouts of issues like pneumonia, bronchitis, or even respiratory failure. If this sounds like you, there’s a good chance you’re having trouble handling the activities of daily living, much less successfully going to work and holding down a job.
The SSA understands how difficult living with this condition is, which is why they have included bronchiectasis in their Social Security Disability Listings of Impairments – a compendium of recognized debilitating medical issues with clear definitions and specific criteria you need to meet in order to get disability benefits.