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Posts tagged "Social Security Disability"

SCOTUS scolds SSA for dismissing late applications

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.

Carpal tunnel syndrome and Social Security Disability benefits

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 may diagnose the person with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Studies look at link between depression and chronic health issues

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 14.9 percent).

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.