VA to Revisit ALl 2007-2015 Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation claims processed between 2007 and 2015. This action by the Secretary allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer new TBI examinations […]

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What are SSI and Social Security Disablity (SSDI?)

The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. While both of these programs offer cash benefits for people with disabilities, the eligibility requirements for each are different, although the medical disability standards are the same. What Is SSDI? SSDI is funded through payroll taxes. To […]

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Side Effects of Meds are a Symptom

People with disabilities are necessarily on medications to manage their symptoms. Often these medications have side-effects that are nearly as troublesome as the original disease, but are necessary for lessening or containing the illness – think of chemotherapy. Many have side effects such as fatigue and confusion. Side-effects of prescribed medications are actual “symptoms” that […]

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How Much are Disability Benefits?

Since SSDI benefits are based on your work record, they are generally comparable to your Social Security retirement benefit, had you been able to work until retirement. If you know your entire earnings history, you can input it into this calculator in order to get an estimate of what your disability benefit would be. Better […]

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What is Acceptable Medical Evidence?

Social Security issued a ruling about ten years ago about “acceptable medical evidence,” considerably broadening the scope of proof allowed in a disability case claim. This has always been a problematic area in Social Security law – particularly for the many patients who receive much of their care from nurse practitioners or physicians’ assistants or […]

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Backlogs in Wait for Hearings Continue to Rise

The Social Security Administration recently released statistics about the backlog work of work of Adminstrative Judges and hearing offices. The news was not great for claimants. The backlog grew significantly last year. Total applications filed in Fiscal year 2015 exceeded 2,750,000. Of these 33% were paid at the initial level. Of those who appealed to […]

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Disability Application Sites Could be Scams

Scammers are trying to get personal information from people, by pretending to help with applications for disability benefits and claims. A recent alert from the Social Security Inspector General warns of this “phishing” scam, and — whether or not you’ve started an application for benefits — these scammers could contact you. They’re taking a shot […]

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May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The National Stroke Association offers lots of information on recognizing, treating and preventing strokes: • Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die. • 87% of strokes are classified as ischemic. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot or a mass blocks […]

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