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SCOTUS scolds SSA for dismissing late applications

Published on October 8th, 2019 by Web Master

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. What happened? […]

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Carpal tunnel syndrome and Social Security Disability benefits

Published on October 4th, 2019 by Web Master

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 […]

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Studies look at link between depression and chronic health issues

Published on September 17th, 2019 by Web Master

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 […]

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Part 1: Fibromyalgia and recent medical advances

Published on May 20th, 2019 by Web Master

Fibromyalgia is a serious disease that can prevent people from working. At our law firm, we regularly represent Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Insurance claimants with fibromyalgia in their struggle to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that their symptoms and limitations are disabling. We have written about fibromyalgia in this space before, but recent medical […]

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The devastating effects of Huntington’s Disease

Published on May 2nd, 2019 by Web Master

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month, which is a time when advocacy and support groups throughout the world raise awareness about the condition. Huntington’s Disease (HD) is often compared to having the symptoms of ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s all at once, which makes it a devastating disease. It impairs a person’s ability to think, talk […]

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When is the best time to apply for disability benefits?

Published on April 11th, 2019 by Web Master

Many people hold misconceptions about when to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, and you may have heard some of them and be holding the misconceptions yourself. For instance, there is a rumor that applicants should wait a certain length of time before applying, such as five months or one year after becoming disabled. But […]

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Actress Selma Blair shines spotlight on MS

Published on March 23rd, 2019 by Web Master

March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month, and a well-known actress has been bringing a lot of attention to the condition. Selma Blair, known for starring in movies such as “Cruel Intentions,” “Hellboy” and “The Sweetest Thing,” recently revealed that she was diagnosed with MS in August 2018 after visiting a doctor for what she […]

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SSA to look at social media when making disability decisions

Published on March 22nd, 2019 by Web Master

If you are like many Americans and use social media to connect with friends and loved ones, you should be aware that the Social Security Administration may soon be looking to social media for help in deciding disability claims. Recently, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is planning to use social media sites such […]

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What are my options after my disability claim is denied?

Published on March 13th, 2019 by Web Master

If your initial disability claim with the Social Security Administration was denied, you are probably wondering if you have any options left or if you just have to take the denial and live with it. The good news is that you still have several chances to have the application approved. Asking for reconsideration After you […]

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Raising awareness on traumatic and acquired brain injuries

Published on March 8th, 2019 by Web Master

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, so it is a great time to discuss how brain injuries occur, how they affect people’s lives and how people with brain injuries can get the support they need. There are two types of brain injuries: traumatic brain injury (TBI) and acquired brain injury (ABI). As you may have […]

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