Combined Impairments Must be Considered

The law requires the Social Security Administration to consider the ccombined effects of impairments— physical and mental or emotional —when making a decision about disability. The combined effects of such impairments may be disabling, even though each illness or condition individually may not be. That is why it is important for medical care providers to […]

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Respond Fast to Any Notice of Continuing Disability Review

Social Security periodically reviews cases of people receiving disability benefits to be sure they are still eligible to receive them. Social Security says it conducts a continuing disability review (CDR) approximately every three years on each person receiving disability benefits whose disability we expect to improve but in practice it is less often. Social Security […]

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Hiring Freeze May Worsen 526-Day Disability Case Backlog

The new federal hiring freeze may exacerbate a backlog of appeals for Social Security Disability Insurance that has grown so big that an average case takes more than a year to be heard. “These are people who are desperate,” Judge Marilyn Zahm, president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges union, said. “There may be […]

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Wear Red for Heart Disease Friday February 3!

National Wear Red Day For Women is a massive national public awareness day the first Friday each February, urging women, people from all walks of life, businesses, towns, schools, the media, buildings and landmarks to “go red” and “glow red” to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke. On […]

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Many Ways to Prove a Case

A disability case may still be won even if it does not technically meet the regulations for a particular disease or condition. This is done by proving that symptoms and side effects of the disability significantly reduce productivity. The impairment must be at such a level that no employer would keep them on, or offer […]

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How to Prove Arthritis is Disabling?

The CDC reports that 52.5 million (22.7%) of adults have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis. 22.7 million (9.8% of all adults) have arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation. But when does it become a disability? Complicated regulations apply, but always, proving functional limitation is an integral part of proving a case. Along with detailed medical records, it is […]

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Claimants Die Awaiting Hearings

As Social Security’s waits for hearing reach all time highs each month, The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives requested information about these statistics from Social security. Between September 15,2015 and September 1, 2016, 7987 such claimants died. The average person who died was 50 years old, and had waited 403 days for a […]

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Why Social Security is Important for the Young

Social Security provides more than just retirement benefits. Retired workers and their dependents make up just 71% of total benefits paid. Disabled workers and their dependents account for 16% of total benefits paid.  About 90 percent of workers age 21-64 in covered employment in 2016 and their families have this protection in the event […]

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Disabled With Student Loan Debt?

From the Washington Post: People who have been found disabled by Social Security were still obligated to repay student loans, but still face a financial quagmire. They are saddled with thousands of dollars in loans they struggle to repay. The Obama administration negotiated debt relief with the Department of Education, but the Treasury Department refuses […]

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Can You Really Work FULL time?

The standard for qualifying for Social Security disability is the inability to do full-time work. This means being able to show up for work on a predicatable, sustained baisis, 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day. If a claimant can’t technically qualify under the Medical Guidelines, he or she may be still able to […]

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