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social security disability Archives

Part 1: Fibromyalgia and recent medical advances

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.

What are my options after my disability claim is denied?

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.

What is the Compassionate Allowances list?

The Social Security Administration created the Compassionate Allowances program to help expedite the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for those with specific conditions so serious that they have been determined to meet the SSA's requirements.

SSA asking for comments on its treatment of pain conditions

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is asking the public for feedback on how it considers pain and the documentation of pain in disability claims. The solicitation of input is an effort to make sure that the application process is fair for applicants with more subjective pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Members of the public have until Feb. 15 to provide comments.

Understanding postpartum depression

Many women experience intense emotions after giving birth, including sadness that is often referred to as the "baby blues." The baby blues can include bouts of crying, trouble sleeping, anxiety and mood swings and usually lasts up to two weeks after the birth. But for some women, the symptoms evolve into something much more: postpartum depression.