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.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening disorder that causes normally thin and slippery fluids like sweat, mucus, and digestive juices to become thicker and stickier. The fluid then build up in important areas of your body such as your digestive tract and – quite commonly – the lungs. Too much buildup and you won’t be able to breathe.
CF is a disabling condition that necessitates daily care and makes it a lot harder to do things that most of us take for granted, such as going to school or work.
Do you work in conditions that require you to regularly inhale asbestos, coal, silicon, or beryllium? Is it often difficult for you to breathe? Sometimes, when you breathe in certain dust-like particles, they can stay in your lungs and lead to inflammation and more mucus that obstructs your airflow.
When you can’t breathe, it makes everything you do that much harder. Physical exertion can become next to impossible, and many people find that they’re just not able to work. Because of this, the Social Security Administration includes pneumoconiosis and other chronic respiratory disorders in their Listings of Impairments. In other words, if you have it, it is possible that you can qualify for social security disability benefits.
You’re constantly exhausted. You seem to bruise and bleed just by touching things. You have trouble breathing whenever you engage in physical activities. Even your very bones cause you pain.
These are just a few of the reasons the SSA includes myelofibrosis disability in their list of impairments that are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. After all, it’s not easy to work when you’re constantly tired, in pain, or worried about hurting yourself.