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Applying for Disability Benefits

When applying for disability, the disability application forms ask you to describe your impairments, whether physical or mental, what treatments you have received, medications you are taking, and how your impairment(s) affect your ability to work. It is important to be specific and thorough when filling out this application. When you first submit an application for Read More…

Initial Application Denied… Now What?

After your initial disability application is reviewed by a DDS examiner, you’ll receive notice in the mail stating whether you were approved or denied for benefits. If you were denied, you have the right to request – asking the DDS to look at your claim again. You have 60 days to file this appeal. Just because your claim Read More…

Heart Disease and Disability

Whether you have had a heart attack, coronary artery disease, arteriosclerosis, or congestive heart failure, or any other form of heart disease, you can apply for disability benefits. Whether you will win your claim depends on several factors. The first is whether or not your condition is included in the list of impairments. If it is, then Read More…

Cancer and Disability Benefits

Claiming a diagnosis of cancer does not necessarily qualify you for disability benefits. No matter what type of cancer you have, you need to provide medical evidence. The DDS examiner assigned to your case will want to see medical records that confirm diagnosis and symptoms, lab results, biopsy reports, and documentation that states where the Read More…

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) claimants can be awarded disability benefits, but it can be tricky because MS symptoms can vary in severity and frequency. Typically, the Social Security Administration (SSA) states that the disability must be expected to last a minimum of 12 months for a claimant to be awarded benefits. However, the SSA recognizes that MS Read More…

Alzheimer’s and Disability

Alzheimer’s disease is not one of the most commonly claimed disabilities that the Social Security Administration (SSA) sees because most claimants apply for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security retirement benefits rather than disability. However, disability benefits for Alzheimer’s disease can be a possibility. Alzheimer’s is considered a mental disorder for which the SSA will award disability Read More…

Vision loss disability

Vision loss does not have to be complete blindness to qualify for disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, visual disorders are “abnormalities of the eye, the optic nerve, the optic tracts, or the brain that may cause a loss of visual acuity or visual fields.” Some of the vision conditions that may qualify Read More…

Back injuries and disability

Back injury claims are the most common physical ailment that the SSA addresses because most people experience back pain at some point in their lives. In order to receive disability benefits for a back injury, you must meet the list of impairments definition for disorders of the spine; such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spinal Read More…

Neurologic Disorders

Neurologic Disorders can include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, brain tumors or brain injuries among others. The Social Security Administration’s list of impairments includes guidelines for which neurological disabilities are acceptable, and what constitutes a disability to be severe enough for a person to be considered disabled. Generally, you must meet these guidelines: Your disability will be long Read More…

Medical-Vocational Allowance

Frequently a claimant has a disabling condition that does not meet a listing in the Social Security List of Impairments. That does not mean you aren’t eligible for disability benefits. You may still be approved for benefits because of a medical-vocational allowance. A medical-vocational allowance takes into consideration your condition and how it affects factors related to your Read More…