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Sorting Out the Intricacies of Fibromyalgia to Prove Disability, Part 1

Published on May 5th, 2020 by Web Master

At Slepian Smith, PLLC, our SSI lawyers in Glendale, AZ help Arizonans with fibromyalgia prove their eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on the disabling impact of this impairment. Fibromyalgia (FM) has many symptoms that are subjective, so careful preparation of the application or appeal includes extensive medical […]

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Wait Times for Social Security Disability Hearings Can Be Significant

Published on April 6th, 2020 by Web Master

Most people who cannot work because of illness or injury struggle financially to pay their bills – including medical bills – and to keep their heads above water for themselves and for many, for their families. The disabling medical conditions, the stress and the emotional fallout are significantly challenging and rarely sustainable for the long […]

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SSDI and SSI benefits: What Is a Representative Payee?

Published on March 10th, 2020 by Web Master

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cash benefit programs based on recipients’ disabling medical conditions that prevent them from working. The money benefits from these programs are often crucially important to meeting the eligible recipients’ needs. When an SSDI or SSI recipient would be […]

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Veterans Can Become Eligible for Multiple Support Programs

Published on February 14th, 2020 by Web Master

Men and women who risked their lives to protect our country demonstrate a high level of bravery and courage. Sadly, many who come back have severe disabling conditions and have a hard time keeping employment due to their physical and psychological impairments. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 11% to 20% of soldiers who fought […]

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Advocates for Disabled Critical of Proposed SSDI and SSI Rule Change

Published on February 12th, 2020 by Web Master

The Social Security Administration (SSA) follows its own regulations that require periodic review of approved SSDI and SSI claims to determine whether benefit recipients are no longer disabled because of medical improvement (MI) – and therefore no longer eligible to receive benefits. The SSA published a notice in November 2019 proposing a regulatory change that […]

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Social Security Disability Insurance in Arizona

Published on February 12th, 2020 by Web Master

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. Federal disability definition SSDI uses a definition of “disability” as set out in federal law. To meet this definition, an eligible claimant must have a […]

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

Published on February 12th, 2020 by Web Master

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 […]

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Can an ALJ disbelieve your testimony about your symptoms?

Published on February 12th, 2020 by Web Master

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 […]

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Disabling effects of stroke can qualify the victim for SSDI

Published on February 7th, 2020 by Web Master

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 […]

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

Published on October 23rd, 2019 by Web Master

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. […]

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