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Social Security Disability Insurance in Arizona

The Social Security Administration, or SSA, administers the Social Security Disability Insurance benefit program. Known as SSDI, this program provides monthly cash payments to eligible disabled recipients who cannot work.

Everyone gets anxious, but clinical anxiety is a medical impairment

Being nervous or stressed about a variety of things in life is normal for everyone, but when these feelings become so persistent or extreme that they interfere with normal activities of daily life, the person should consult a doctor about a potential anxiety disorder. A serious anxiety disorder can interfere with self-care, work or school, and relationships, resulting in isolation and decreased quality of life.

It is not uncommon to develop other mental health problems like depression or substance abuse.

Three kinds of doctors and their roles in SSDI and SSI claims

In claims for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, called SSDI and SSI, benefit eligibility requires that applicants have severe physical or mental medical impairments that prevent them from meaningful work. It is crucially important to have the professional opinions of physicians as evidence of disability.

In SSDI and SSI cases, this kind of evidence is called “medical source opinion evidence.” Whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluated medical source opinion evidence from doctors under the correct legal standards can become an issue of contention in a disability claim that may determine the outcome.

Disabling effects of stroke can qualify the victim for SSDI

During a stroke, the symptoms can be confusing and severe, followed by grave concern for the long-term effects and how they will impact the person’s ability to live – and work. When aftereffects prevent work, the person should look seriously at whether they qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.

These are federal government programs to help people who are unable to work because of disability. SSDI is a public disability insurance program that people pay into through their Social Security payroll deductions, while SSI is an anti-poverty program for which disability is one way to qualify for people with low income and few assets.

Can an ALJ disbelieve your testimony about your symptoms?

The answer is yes, but only if the administrative law judge applies the right legal standards, which are stringent. It is not uncommon for an ALJ to miss the mark and wrongly discredit a claimant’s report of their symptoms.

Many applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, commonly referred to as SSDI or SSI, have their claims denied initially and on their requests for reconsideration. At the next level of appeal within the Social Security Administration, or SSA, the agency holds a hearing before an ALJ.

Federal court review of denied SSDI and SSI claims

At Slepian Smith, PLLC, our lawyers represent people across Arizona applying for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, known as SSDI and SSI respectively, at all levels of application and appeal. A claimant has four levels of consideration of their application for benefits before the Social Security Administration, or SSA. After a final decision by the SSA denying the claim, the applicant has the right to request that the U.S. District Court review the agency’s denial of benefits.

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.