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October 2019 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SCOTUS scolds SSA for dismissing late applications

In May of 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), the highest court in the country, questioned the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) right to deny disability benefits for an applicant when the timeliness of the claim was the only reason for dismissal. The merits of the case were not in question.

Carpal tunnel syndrome and Social Security Disability benefits

Within the wrist there is a complex network of nerves and tendons. These nerves and tendons pass through a small space, referred to as the carpal tunnel. In some cases, overuse or other factors can result in pressure within this small space, potentially compressing the nerves that control the hand. When this happens, medical professionals may diagnose the person with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Bill introduced that would raise asset limits for SSI recipients

Supplemental Security Income, known as SSI, is a federal Social Security program that provides monthly payments to eligible American citizens, legal permanent residents and certain other qualified aliens who are disabled, blind or elderly and who meet eligibility requirements of low income and limited assets. In other words, eligible SSI claimants are people who cannot work because of disabling impairments or old age who have limited financial resources, but do not have the kind of robust work history that would have made them eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI instead.