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Phoenix Arizona Disability Law Blog

Are learning disabilities eligible for disability benefits?

Millions of adults and children across the country have been diagnosed with a learning disability, from dyslexia to language processing disorders.

While it might seem as though a learning disability would be a disabling condition for the purposes of government benefits, the fact is that this is not always the case.

How blood disorders can affect a person’s life

Hematological disorders, or disorders that affect a person’s blood, are among the many disorders that can drastically alter a person’s life. After a diagnosis of anemia, hemophilia or another disorder, a person typically needs to make important adjustments to his or her life to stay safe.

Below, we examine some of these changes and discuss resources that may be available to help people with these serious conditions.

What to know about memory loss and disability benefits

Memory loss is an incredibly troubling condition, not just for the people who suffer from it, but also for their loved ones. Whether it is the result of an isolated accident or a degenerative disease, memory loss can make it increasingly difficult for people to perform their usual functions and care for themselves.

Below, we will discuss the types of conditions that can lead to serious memory loss and what sufferers and their families can do to make the road ahead a little easier to navigate.

Complications of eye surgery can be disabling

People who rely on contacts or glasses to see know that such measures can be expensive and inconvenient at times. Not surprisingly, millions of people have decided to do away with contacts and glasses altogether by undergoing elective Lasik eye surgery.

This particular procedure is increasingly common and allows patients to see clearly without the help of glasses or contacts. However, some people who undergo Lasik wind up with serious eye issues and complications that affect everything from their vision to their mental health.

Chronic pain: difficult to measure, frustrating to treat

"On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your pain level?"

This question is one of the most subjective questions patients answer when they visit the doctor. It can also be one of the most important for people suffering from chronic pain, as the answer gives medical professionals a way to score that pain. It is far from an exact science, however, and doctors and researchers continue to search for reliable means of measuring and locating pain.

Childhood illnesses that could be disabling

Every parent hopes a child will be born and stay healthy. Tragically, this doesn’t always happen and a baby or child suffers a serious illness or injury. This often means that a family will devote money, time and effort to a child’s care. Not only can there be regular visits to the hospital and demanding treatment regimens, but families may also need to make daily lifestyle accommodations and changes.

As difficult as all this is for any family, it can be especially difficult for families with limited resources.

Understanding different types of burn injuries

Many of us have gotten burned at some point in our lives, whether it was by touching a hot pan or spending too much time in the sun without proper protection. These burns are often painful – but temporary.

Then there are far more severe types of burns that cause catastrophic and permanent injuries. While these burns may be less common, they still affect thousands of people every year. Below, we explain in more detail the various types of burns and the impact they can have on victims’ lives.

3 ways medical care can help sufferers of depression

In recent weeks, the topics of depression and mental illness have been at the forefront of our national discussions. Unfortunately, serious illnesses like depression affect millions of people in the U.S., and sufferers don't always seek the medical care they need.

While there are myriad reasons why a person may not seek medical attention for mental illnesses like depression, it is perhaps the most critical step in treating these troubling conditions. If you or a loved one suffers from depression or has suicidal thoughts, we urge you to seek immediate medical help. Doing so can help in many ways.

How arthritis can affect the lives of sufferers

Did you know that there are more than 60 types of arthritis and diseases related to arthritis? This is according to the Arthritis Foundation. The various types of arthritis range from common and mild to rare and severe.

No matter what type of arthritis a person may have, it can affect his or her life in various ways.

Traumatic brain injuries can have a traumatic impact on victims

Accidents that cause brain injuries can happen in the blink of an eye, but the impact they have on victims can last a lifetime.

Traumatic brain injuries disrupt the normal functions of the brain, which could lead to severe, permanent conditions. With this in mind, we urge readers to take seriously any accident or event that could cause a traumatic brain injury and get the help you need to recover and cope with the effects of the injury.