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

Published on September 27th, 2019 by Web Master

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 […]

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Careful preparation of SSDI application boosts approval chances

Published on September 25th, 2019 by Web Master

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. While it is true that applications are often denied initially and several levels of further review may […]

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

Published on September 12th, 2019 by Web Master

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. Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia can become disabling and prevent sufferers from working. Those patients may qualify for Social Security Disability […]

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Four disorders added to the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances list

Published on September 9th, 2019 by Web Master

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. It tends to be more […]

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SSDI and SSI: What to expect at your ALJ hearing

Published on August 30th, 2019 by Web Master

If the Social Security Administration, or SSA, denies your initial application for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, there are several levels of review and appeal you can request. The third level is an administrative hearing before an administrative law judge, often called an ALJ. While the thought of a legal proceeding may make you […]

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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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Bill would end SSDI waiting period for terminally ill

Published on August 5th, 2019 by Web Master

Normally, when the Social Security Administration approves a disabled claimant’s application for Social Security Disability Insurance, called SSDI, the claimant must wait five months for monthly benefits to begin. This can be a hardship for a person without income because of disabling impairment as the bills have likely already started to pile up. The waiting period seems […]

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SSDI and SSI: What are the listings?

Published on August 2nd, 2019 by Web Master

Federal law specifically defines “disability” for purposes of eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, referred to as SSDI and SSI, respectively. As we have blogged about before, the Social Security Administration (SSA), uses a five-step process to determine whether a claimant meets the definition. Listing of impairments At the third step, SSA […]

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