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September 2019 Archives

What is obsessive compulsive disorder and how can it be disabling?

At our law firm, we advocate for clients with a wide range of physical or mental impairments that alone or in combination result in disabling conditions that prevent them from working. When the disability is expected to last at least one year or result in death, the person is like eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, SSDI or SSI respectively, depending upon the claimant’s work history and other eligibility factors.

Careful preparation of SSDI application boosts approval chances

It is well-known that many applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (or for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI) are denied, often because the Social Security Administration decides that a claimant’s medical condition does not meet the federal definition of disability.

Crohn’s disease: What is it and how can it be disabling?

If you have ever known anyone with Crohn’s disease, you may have seen them withdraw from social activities and deal with severe pain. Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that manifests in various areas of the digestive tract, often causing severe diarrhea, malnutrition, abdominal pain, fever, mouth sores, fatigue and weight loss, according to the Mayo Clinic. Inflammation may spread to the liver, bile ducts, joints, eyes or skin.

Studies look at link between depression and chronic health issues

According to the federal government’s Census Bureau, the percentage of Arizona’s population with Asian heritage is on the rise, accounting for nearly four percent of our state’s residents. We also have a higher than average percentage of older folks in the Grand Canyon State, accounting for 17.5 percent of our population (the national average is 14.9 percent).

Alzheimer’s disease can be disabling and a basis for SSDI eligibility

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, meant to lessen stigma and increase public education about the challenging diagnosis. Alzheimer’s Disease International, referred to as ADI, created the month dedicated to this noble cause in 2012.

Four disorders added to the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances list

It is no secret that it can take months and even years for approval of Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income claims. Both of these government benefit programs require that the applicant meet the federal definition of disability and it is this question that often takes so long to answer.