Brain Injuries Disability Claims Rise

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are becoming a more common diagnosis for claimants needing Social Security disability benefits, with advances in testing and imaging and more publicity from injured veterans and athletes. They are not always easy to prove. There is a new regulation that specifically evaluates these profound injuries. Earlier they were considered under neurological […]

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Even After Winning, There are Delays!

Even after WINNING a claim, there are unconscionable delays in the Social Security system. Laurie Mickelberg, 49, is dying of cancer and needs Social Security disability benefits – now. However, she and thousands of others just like her, face a long waiting period and may not survive to collect. Mickelberg is fighting stage 4 ovarian […]

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Disabled Woman Struggles with Delays on Case

The tumors and cysts blinded Barbara Sales in her left eye and, years ago, lodged in her brain, have robbed her of far more than her sight and memory. Three seizures forced Sales, 53, to lose a job she’d hoped to get full time. Her maladies and medications, treatments for a rare genetic disease, have […]

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Could You Be Eligible for VA and Social Security Disability?

If you are already receiving disability benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA) you may also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI is administered by the SSA to provide monthly benefits for disabled workers. To receive SSDI, you must have worked enough to earn sufficient credits […]

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Taxes and Your Disability Payment

Social Security is generally considered a tax-free benefit, but that is not always the case. Depending on the amount of alternate income that you have in retirement and your filing status, you could owe taxes on up to 85% of your Social Security benefits. If you receive Social Security or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) […]

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April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Disease awareness month. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people. Most people’s symptoms take years to develop, and they live for many years with the disease. It appears to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. In short, a person’s brain slowly […]

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Benefit Decisions Delays Can Mean Death Before Payment

CBS in Chicago weighs in on the practical results of all the delays in benefit decisions – even for the terminally ill, whose cases are supposed to be fast-tracked. Numbers re abstract, real people aren’t. Laurie Mickelberg is a 49-year-old who needs her Social Security disability benefits now. She qualifies for them because she is […]

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New Rules on Acceptable Medical Evidence

Here are a few Social Security disability rule changes set to go into effect in the next few weeks. • Acceptable medical sources. Under the new medical evidence rules, the list of acceptable medical sources has been expanded to include: advance practice registered nurses (APRNs), licensed audiologists, licensed optometrists and physician assistants (PAs). While this […]

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What’s Up With These Waiting Periods?

Often we hear from people who believe they need to wait a certain amount of time before applying for disability benefits. Nothing could be further from the truth. Time frames are both extremely important and very confusing in Social Security claims. Anyone with a disabling condition which is expected to last for at least a […]

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