Social Security Disability Blog: Page 2

Seizures and Epilepsy  (June 14, 2013)

Seizures and Epilepsy are neurological disorders that affect a person’s ability to perform tasks, sometimes even simple tasks, and leave many individuals unable to work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies Epilepsy as a neurological disorder under Listing 11.02 and 11.03 of the Impairment Listing Manual. More...

Inflammatory arthritis is a disability often causing inflammation - and distinct pain, in joints.  (May 30, 2013)

Inflammatory arthritis is a disability often causing inflammation - and distinct pain, in joints. It frequently is associated with swelling and tenderness. It is associated with disorders such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Psoriatic arthritis, gout and psuedo-gout, lyme disease, and inflammatory bowel syndrome. The pain and other symptoms may result in difficulty with many forms of movement, and may effect one’s ability to work. More...

Degenerative Disk Disease  (May 22, 2013)

If you have Degenerative Disk Disease and are unable to work as a result of your diagnosis, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. More...

Certain cancers make an applicant immediately eligible to start receiving benefits.  (May 13, 2013)

No doubt that receiving a diagnosis of cancer is both traumatic and overwhelming. You may be unable to work and keep up with their normal everyday lifestyles as a result. Depending on the nature of the cancer, you may be eligible to qualify them to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI). More...

Children, Down's Syndrome and Disability  (April 26, 2013)

Down syndrome is caused by an individual having an extra chromosome. In the United States, 1 in every 691 babies are born with Down syndrome, making it the most common genetic condition. More...

Anxiety Disorders Listing 12.06  (April 19, 2013)

Many people suffer from anxiety, and some have anxiety levels that are disabling. The Social Security Administration evaluates mental disorders under a specific type of regulation called “12.06.” To qualify as an anxiety disorder under 12.06, anxiety must be either the predominant disturbance or experienced as a result of an individual’s attempts to master symptoms. In order for an anxiety disorder to be sufficiently severe for the SSA to render a finding of disabled, the requirements in section A and B or in A and C of 12.06 must be satisfied. More...

The final rule that makes changes to the listing for Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems (Listing 110.00) went into effect on April 5, 2013.  (April 12, 2013)

The final rule that makes changes to the listing for Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems (Listing 110.00) went into effect on April 5, 2013. The disorders evaluated under this listing and affected by the changes include non-mosaic Down syndrome and catastrophic congenital disorders such as anencephaly, cyclopia, Patau syndrome, and Edwards’ syndrome, among others. More...

An Open Letter from Former Commissioners of the Social Security Administration  (April 8, 2013)

As former Commissioners of the Social Security Administration (SSA), we write to express our significant concerns regarding a series recently aired on This American Life, All Things Considered, and National Public Radio stations across the U.S. ("Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America"). Our nation’s Social Security system serves as a vital lifeline for millions of individuals with severe disabilities. We feel compelled to share our unique insight into the Social Security system because we know firsthand the dangers of mischaracterizing the disability programs via sensational, anecdote-based media accounts, leaving vulnerable beneficiaries to pick up the pieces. More...

How your assets and income may affect your eligibility to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.  (April 5, 2013)

If you do not qualify for SSDI benefits but are suffering from a disabling condition, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is another federal program but works differently than SSDI. SSI is need-based program for those individuals with little to no income and low resources. More...

If you have had or are facing the possibility of having a liver transplant, it is a strong possibility that you will be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits as a result of this procedure.  (April 1, 2013)

A Liver Transplant is a condition that qualifies an individual to receive disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s listing manual. Put simply, a person who receives a liver transplant will automatically be presumed to be disabled for a period of 1 year following the operation, and will receive disability benefits. After the year is up, you still may be eligible to receive your benefits, but the Social Security Administration will need to reevaluate your disability claim. More...

Introducing the 2013 Red Book, and explanation of TWP  (March 28, 2013)

Each year the Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes an updated version of The Red Book, which serves as a source of information regarding employment related provisions of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. The most recent version of The Red Book was released in January 2013 and is available on SSA’s website at: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/redbook/. New to the 2013 Red Book are several Automatic Adjustments, including changes to the income threshold for Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) and the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR), among other important numbers that disability claimants and professionals who serve those with disabilities should be aware of. More...

On February 20, 2013, the Social Security Administration gave notice of a new rule on how a claimant’s use of drugs and alcohol affects their disability claim.  (March 14, 2013)

On February 20, 2013, the Social Security Administration gave notice of a new rule on how a claimant’s use of drugs and alcohol affects their disability claim. Generally, use of drugs and alcohol will strongly undermine a clam for disability. However, the issue gets complicated when people self medicate, and when people have conditions that would be disabling regardless of whether there was any drug or alcohol usage. More...

Your Social Security check will no longer come via snail mail starting March 1  (January 10, 2013)

The long awaited switch from paper Social Security checks to debit cards or direct deposits has finally arrived. The Various news outlets including Huffington and the NY Times are reporting that SSA has begun this process and will enact it over the next two months. This includes both disability and retirement checks. SSA apparently feels this will reduce administrative costs. More...

Quick Facts on Social Security’s 1.7% COLA for 2012  (October 18, 2012)

The Social Security Administration has just announced that retirement and disability beneficiaries will receive a 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) beginning in their January 2013 checks. Social Security benefits are automatically adjusted to keep up with the cost of living. More...

THE ADA, THE DISABLED, AND THE UNEMPLOYED  (July 27, 2012)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law 22 years ago. Great strides have been made - buses and buildings are now accessible, the disabled have employment protections- but more still needs to be done. More...

New SSA Policy regarding ALJ Assignments  (April 25, 2012)

On December 19, 2011, the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) instituted a new policy in which the identity of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) assigned to a claimant's case will not be revealed until the day of the claimant's actual hearing. It appears that the reason for this new policy is in response to representatives objecting to certain ALJ's, specifically some of the ALJs at the National Hearing Offices, and some abuse by a particular national (1-800) law firm. More...

Social Security Benefit Increases for 2012  (October 26, 2011)

The Social Security Administration has just announced cost-of-living increases for 2012. More...

Kiplinger's Retirement Report profiles current MM&A client  (September 23, 2011)

Client of Margolius, Margolius, & Associates interviewed by well-known magazine. More...

SS Offices Moving to Tower City  (June 1, 2011)

The Cleveland Office of Adjudication and Review is moving to a new location in Tower City. More...

New Long Term Disability Case  (May 17, 2011)

The Supreme Court issued an opinion On may 16th entitled Cigna Corp. v. Amara which lends itself to a series of differing interpretations. The Long Term Disability law More...