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Social Security Disability and Depression

Social Security is going to evaluate a claim for disability based on depression using the criteria that is applied for all claims involving mental disorders. The broad issues around which these criteria are based are those involving the individual’s “ability to understand, to carry out and remember instructions and to respond appropriately to supervision, coworkers, […]

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How a Return-to-Work Program Affects Social Security Benefits

If an individual is already receiving Social Security disability benefits, he/she may take a job to test their ability to perform full-time work. Social Security wants to encourage people to return to work if they think that they can, and so they have created special rules that allow people to test their ability to work […]

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Obesity and Evaluation of Disability in Social Security

In Social Security disability claims, obesity is an ailment that is often considered in conjunction with other medical impairments suffered by the claimant. For instance, Social Security has acknowledged that an individual who is both morbidly obese and suffering from back problems is likely to experience symptoms greater in severity to those which would be […]

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Social Security Disability and Lupus

Lupus, or “SLE” (Systemic lupus erythematosus), is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect any organ or system of the body. According to the American College of Rheumatology, Lupus is sometimes called “The Great Imitator” because its wide range of symptoms often causes it to be confused with other health problems. Lupus mainly affects the […]

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The Role of the Treating Physician in Disability Determinations

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) considers the claimant’s treating physician to be the medical provider most able to provide a detailed, historical analysis of the claimant’s medical issues. Because of this treating physician’s familiarity with the claimant’s conditions, his/her opinion of the claimant’s capacities can be far more illuminating than analysis of x-rays, lab studies, […]

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Back Pain, Disc Disease, and Disability Determinations

In any claim for disability benefits where the medical impairment alleged is back pain, disc disease, or other spinal conditions, objective medical evidence is extremely important. Objective medical evidence in back pain claims includes x-rays, CT scans, and especially MRIs. Social Security judges will often place inordinate importance on the results of these tests rather […]

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Will Going To School Affect My Disability Claim?

It depends.  Social Security may consider the fact that you are going to school inconsistent with the reason while you are applying for disability.  For instance, if you are alleging that you suffer from bi-polar disorder or paranoid schizophrenia or any other mental condition, Social Security may consider this as evidence that your impairments are […]

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Appealing vs. Re-Opening a Claim

Q:  I’ve been denied Social Security disability benefits twice, what should I do? A:  Don’t give up!  A very small number of applicants are awarded benefits at the initial levels of the Social Security disability benefits process.  This does not mean that you are not disabled.  If you have a medical condition that makes you […]

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Disability Benefits While Living Outside of the U.S.

I am a U.S. citizen living outside the United States.  Will I still receive my Social Security disability benefits? It depends. You are considered “outside of the United States” if you are not living: – In one of the 50 states; – The District of Columbia; – Puerto Rico; – The U.S. Virgin Islands; – […]

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The Truth About the Social Security

According to Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses’ Association and National Nurses United, the “real story” behind Social Security’s long-term solvency is that Wall Street bankers and their allies in Washington D.C. are painting a skewed picture of Social Security in an effort to privatize the program and seize millions of Americans’ […]

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