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Brain injuries are complex and varied, but can be disabling

At Slepian Smith, PLLC, our lawyers represent Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claimants in their applications for benefits based on a variety of disabling conditions. Brain injuries vary in severity and type, causing a range of symptoms and limitations, but can certainly become the legitimate basis of a disability claim for SSDI or SSI.

Study shows migraines worse when patients also have fibromyalgia

We often talk in this space about diseases or injuries that may in and of themselves prevent people from working. We recently discussed disability based on migraines for purposes of eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSDI and SSI. We also advocate for many clients suffering from fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by chronic pain throughout the body, overwhelming fatigue, problems with cognition and unclear thinking.

A recent Turkish study published in the journal Neurological Research looked at patients suffering from both migraines and fibromyalgia. This could be significant for disabled SSDI and SSI claimants because the law requires that the Social Security Administration consider all impairments in combination when assessing for eligibility. A claim based on both migraines and fibromyalgia suggests that the combined impact of severe pain and debilitation from both conditions could be devastating to the ability to perform a job.

Senator keeps trying to get SSI asset cap raised in Congress

At our law firm, we help disabled Arizonans obtain all benefits for which they may be eligible through the Social Security Administration. Many people are familiar with Social Security Disability Insurance, known as SSDI, a public disability insurance program that people pay into through their Social Security payroll deductions. Eligibility is based on work history.

Disability based on the devastating impact of epilepsy

At our law firm, we represent Arizonans whose epilepsy prevents them from working with their claims for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, known as SSDI and SSI respectively. According to the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona, 77,000 people in our state live with epilepsy, which can manifest in a wide variety of symptoms.

Tucson event highlights the severity of Huntington’s disease

From our Phoenix law office, we represent disabled people across Arizona in their efforts to get Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, known as SSDI and SSI respectively. We regularly handle claims based on a variety of devastating medical conditions. Huntington’s disease, sometimes called HD, is one such impairment that will likely qualify most claimants.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America describes HD as an incurable and “fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain [and] deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities usually during their prime working years …”

SSDI based on disabling diabetes

At our law firm, we help people with a variety of disabling conditions in their claims for Social Security Disability Insurance, known as SSDI. In honor of our clients with diabetes and in recognition of November as National Diabetes Month, today we talk about SSDI claims based on disability stemming from diabetes.

Diabetes mellitus, referred to as DM, is a disease resulting from problems of the pancreatic gland in producing insulin, a hormone that regulates absorption of glucose into body systems. Type 1 is generally lifelong insulin deficiency, while type 2 involves cellular resistance to insulin. In many cases, DM can be medically controlled, but not always. When the symptoms of DM become disabling and prevent work, the patient may become eligible for SSDI.

Fibromyalgia: How does fibro fog impact the ability to work?

An important legal principle in a Social Security Disability claim is the requirement that in assessing disability, the Social Security Administration carefully consider the whole person, meaning all physical and mental impairments and their symptoms in combination. For a Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income claimant who has fibromyalgia, this comprehensive evaluation is crucial.

We have written in this space before about our legal work on behalf of SSDI claimants who suffer from this devastating and complex disease. One aspect that must be carefully documented in a claimant’s file is the impact of “fibro fog.” Not only does fibromyalgia cause severe tissue pain throughout the body, but also an array of cognitive, emotional and mental symptoms sometimes called fibro fog or brain fog.

Proposed bill would eliminate waiting periods for SSDI, Medicare

Currently, when the Social Security Administration approves a claimant’s application for Social Security Disability Insurance, called SSDI, the monthly benefit payments begin in the sixth month after disability started. In addition, an approved claimant becomes eligible for Medicare coverage after getting SSDI for 24 months.

Claimants with Lou Gehrig’s disease, kidney failure or a kidney transplant may be eligible for Medicare much sooner.

Can you work while receiving SSDI benefits?

Let’s assume for a moment that you have with the help of a qualified Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) attorney successfully navigated the system and had your claim approved. Some people who are receiving the benefits find that they want to work on a limited basis, but wonder if they can do that without losing their SSDI.

The short answer from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is “yes.” Yes, with the SSA’s Ticket to Work program, you take advantage of special rules that enable folks receiving SSDI or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to continue receiving their monthly benefits while working.

Compassionate Allowances accelerate the SSDI approval process

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the average wait time for a hearing after filing a Social Security Disability Insurance claim is more than 20 months. For some people with the most serious medical conditions and disabilities, the nearly two years of waiting is simply not possible. They need immediate SSDI help.

The Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program enables the typically slow-moving bureaucracy to dramatically accelerate the approval process and get help to qualifying SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants within days or weeks rather than months or even years.