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

Published on September 23rd, 2019 by Web Master

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 […]

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Study reveals syndrome combining Parkinson’s and fibromyalgia

Published on August 17th, 2019 by Web Master

An Israeli research study found that some people with Parkinson’s disease, also referred to as PD, also have fibromyalgia, or FM, creating a unique syndrome. Many of these patients are women who also have depression or anxiety. This group tends to use more pain medication and more antidepressants as well as smoke cigarettes at a […]

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SSA may change rule allowing consideration of English proficiency

Published on July 1st, 2019 by Web Master

Since 1978, Social Security Administration regulations have recognized that a Social Security Disability Insurance applicant’s inability to speak English impacts whether there are jobs the person can do. In the SSDI (and Supplemental Security Income, or SSI) application process, English proficiency as part of educational background is weighed along with physical and mental limitations caused by […]

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June is PTSD Awareness Month: Honoring our clients with PTSD

Published on June 4th, 2019 by Web Master

At our law firm, we work with clients who have post traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD, a serious disorder based on severe symptoms that manifest from previous trauma like that experienced in combat or disaster or from abuse or violence. We work hard to help PTSD claimants gather evidence the Social Security Administration requires […]

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