Social Security Disability Blog

Claims Designated as “Critical” at the Hearing Level (Dire Need)  (January 14, 2016)

The wait for a hearing with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) can be a long one. We hope for quick hearing dates but often must wait until the judge sets it up on his or her calendar and that can take months. Presently, in the Cleveland ODAR office, claimants can expect a hearing approximately sixteen months after a hearing is requested. More...

Procedure and What Happens at a Social Security Disability Hearing?  (January 7, 2016)

If your initial application for Social Security disability benefits is denied, you will typically file an appeal (called a Request for Reconsideration). If that appeal is denied, you must then attend a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, who will then decide if you are disabled. More...

New Federal Court Decision  (June 18, 2015)

In May of 2015 a national publication of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) published the MM&A case involving a District Court’s reversal for violating the “Treating Physician Rule”. More...

Blood Disorders Can Form Disabling Basis For Receipt of Disability Benefits  (May 7, 2015)

Blood disorders frequently require blood transfusions and or hospitalization and often cause crippling fatigue. More...

The Importance of Your Doctor's Opinion in the Social Security Disability System  (April 27, 2015)

One of our best weapons for obtaining social security benefits is the opinion of your doctor. More...

Can I work while my application for disability is pending with the Social Security Administration?  (April 13, 2015)

A common dilemma for people applying for disability is financial. How are they supposed to meet their family’s basic survival needs if their condition prevents them from working? More...

Asthma and Disability  (April 8, 2014)

The Social Security Administration provides for disability benefits in some circumstances involving respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, etc., may be disabling. More...

Disability and the Failure to Follow Prescribed Medical Treatment, or Inability to Access Medical Treatment.  (April 1, 2014)

How does the Social Security Administration address situations where an individual has a disability, but does not follow prescribed medical treatment, or who does not obtain treatment due to inability to afford care and due to a lack of health insurance? Social Security Regulation (“SSR”) 82-59 addresses these situations. More...

2014 Proposed Changes Affecting Claimants Pursuing Social Security Disability  (March 25, 2014)

The Social Security Administration has recently proposed changes to the Listings of Impairments. One way for claimants to prove disability is to meet or equal the specific criteria identified in the Listing for their medical condition. More...

The Social Security Administration issued a press release on Wednesday February 19th announcing a new expedited disability process for Veterans filing for Social Security Disability.  (March 18, 2014)

The Social Security Administration issued a press release on Wednesday February 19th announcing a new expedited disability process for Veterans filing for Social Security Disability. The plan is for the expedited process is scheduled to commence mid-March 2014. More...

Individuals who suffer from lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) may be entitled to disability benefits under Social Security Listing 14.02.  (March 11, 2014)

Individuals who suffer from lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) may be entitled to disability benefits under Social Security Listing 14.02. More...

If you are 55 years old or older and can no longer perform your past job, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  (March 5, 2014)

Social Security’s regulations contain medical-vocational guidelines(also know as “the Grids”) that consider a person’s age, education and work experience along with his or her medical conditions when determining disability. More...

Can I work while my application for disability is pending with the Social Security Administration?  (February 25, 2014)

A common dilemma for people applying for disability is financial. How are they supposed to meet their family’s basic survival needs if their condition prevents them from working? The problem is compounded by what can be a lengthy administrative process, i.e., a long delay, before an application is approved. More...

According to the American Diabetes Association, about 25.8 million American children and adults suffer from some form of Diabetes.  (October 29, 2013)

According to the American Diabetes Association, about 25.8 million American children and adults suffer from some form of Diabetes. The full name of this condition is diabetes mellitus, and there are two major types: type 1 and type 2. Both are chronic disorders that can result in serious complications. One may be entitled to social security disability benefits if complications from a diabetes mellitus diagnosis prevent that person from working. More...

Government Shutdown and the effect on Disability  (October 3, 2013)

You may be concerned about the ways in which the current government shutdown will affect your disability benefits, or how your application for disability benefits will be effected. More...

Listing 3.03 Asthma  (October 1, 2013)

Any health condition that impairs a person’s ability to breathe can be extremely traumatic and debilitating. One such condition is Asthma, which is a relatively well-known impairment characterized by constriction and inflammation of the airways that makes it difficult for the afflicted individual to breathe. A diagnosis of Asthma can have a substantial effect on a person’s ability to work, and may lead to entitlement for disability benefits. More...

Information obtained from internet when adjudicating cases  (September 16, 2013)

With the increased popularity of the internet and various social media websites, many people may be wondering how the information they post on the internet may effect their claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). More...

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a neurological disorder that frequently effects an individual’s ability to engage in gainful activity.  (July 22, 2013)

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a neurological disorder that frequently effects an individual’s ability to engage in gainful activity. It can be disabling while at other times, an employee with MS may seek an accommodation under the ADA. More...

Heart failure (CHF) is a condition that effects the heart’s ability to pump enough blood to body tissues, and may effect a person’s ability to work and entitle that person to receive disability benefits.  (July 15, 2013)

Heart failure (CHF) is a condition that effects the heart’s ability to pump enough blood to body tissues, and may effect a person’s ability to work and entitle that person to receive disability benefits. There can be multiple causes of CHF, including hypertension, cardiomyopathy rheumatic, congenital, or other heart disease. To qualify as disabled for chronic heart failure, the Social Security Administration analyzes it under Listing 4.02. In order to meet the severity level under listing 4.02, an individual must meet the criteria of both parts A and B of that listing. Both of the two main types of heart failure (predominant systolic dysfunction and predominant diastolic dysfunction) are reviewed under this regulation. More...

Knee, elbow and pain in any major joint, no matter the cause, can severely limit your daily activities but also your ability to work.  (July 8, 2013)

Knee, elbow and pain in any major joint, no matter the cause, can severely limit your daily activities but also your ability to work. Disability issues for joint pain and dysfunction are categorized under Listing 1.02. In order to qualify, you must show an anatomical deformity in the effected joint, along with chronic pain or stiffness that limits the range of motion and functioning of the joint. You must also be able to show signs of joint space narrowing, bony destruction, or ankylosis of the affected joint through medically acceptable imaging, such as an x-ray. More...

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