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Screening Guidelines for Diabetes

Diabetes can be a disabling condition that prevents an individual from working for a long period of time. During this period of illness, treatment and recovery, long term disability benefits maybe available to offset your lost wages. The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, a diverse coalition of 18 have come to together to change how America approached health burdens imposed by diabetes. According to Martha Ringer, Chief Advocacy Officer, for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Diabetes “Is a public health crisis that threatens to overwhelm our health system…some 79 million Americans are on the verge of diabetes and another 7 million have undiagnosed...

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Diabetic Neuropathy and Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits

While many people think of diabetes as a painless condition, millions of diabetics suffer from tingling toes or painful feet. High blood sugar can cause injury to the nerves and blood vessels throughout the body. The first nerves that are affected are the smallest ones furthest away from your spinal cord. Those nerves will stretch to the toes and your feet where it can cause a constant burning feeling in the feet. This problem, called diabetic neuropathy, can completely rob your feet of the ability to sense pain. If your doctor has told you that you have diabetic neuropathy, you may...

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Changing the Date You Are Claiming Entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits

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Unfortunately, many unrepresented Social Security Disability claimants’ often pick a “date of onset” for their Social Security Disability claim that leads to denial after denial by the Social Security Administration. Unfortunately, many disabled workers may have stopped working on a certain day because of an on the job injury or an occupational disease and, that does not mean that the Social Security Administration will find that you that you will receive disability benefits from that date. Sometimes, there are medical conditions that disable you from working that will become totally disabling months or even years after you stop working. As a...

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Where Should You Have Your Angioplasty?

The American Heart Association has conducted a study and has determined that smaller hospitals are just as safe as large ones for elective Angioplasty. An Angioplasty will open up clogged arteries with a balloon or prop them open with mesh like stents. In the past, many patients have had to travel long distances for Angioplasty or stents. Dr. Thomas Aversano, Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute in Baltimore conducted this study that “may bolster programs that offer Angioplasty at community hospitals, some of which only offer the procedure only during emergencies such as heart attacks” (http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/medical/story/2011-11-14/angioplasty). If you have purchased an...

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Tampa Bay Social Security Disability Attorney Urges Congress to Repair the Social Security Disability Trust Fund

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A Social Security Trustee’s Report recently revealed that the Social Security Disability program is projected to exhausted its Trust Fund in 2016, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. The Social Security program is funded through worker and employer contributions through payroll tax and, legally, the plan is prohibited from running a deficit. In 2010 some 8.2 million workers or 5% of the working population were receiving Social Security Disability payments. The Social Security Administration doesn’t make it easy for those who are disabled to get their Social Security Disability benefits. If your Social Security Disability claim in the Tampa Bay...

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How Do I Calculate my Past Due Social Security Disability Benefits?

Once you are awarded Social Security Disability benefits, you will entitled to a monthly check from the United States Treasury. Additionally, most people also get a bigger first check which represents their “past due benefits”. After you have been found to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, there is a five month waiting period before you become entitled to those benefits. The Social Security Administration will calculate the amount of past due benefits from the five month waiting period through the date of the award and will issue a check in a lump sum. For more information on your past...

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What Are Exertional Limitations in a Social Security Case?

Exertional limitations are limitations on the ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, push and pull. Any other limitations are called non-exertional impairments. The amount of exertion or effort is key to determining whether you are entitled to disability benefits. Why? The Social Security Administration uses a Five Step Sequential Evaluation. At Steps Four and Five of the Five Step Sequential Evaluation, the Social Security Administration must determine the physical exertion level of the lightest job that you have ever had and determine what your current level of physical functioning is. Any work that requires very little effort or exertion is considered...

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Neurological Disorders and Your Rights to Long Term Disability Benefits

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If you have purchased an individual disability policy or purchased a group policy through your employer, you may be eligible for long term disability benefits. The major types of neurological disorders that may result in a claim for long term disability benefits include: 1. Huntington’s Disease;2. Muscular Dystrophy; 3. Parkinson’s; 4. Alzheimer’s; 5. Cerebral Vascular Accidents (Strokes); 6. Injuries to the Spinal Cord and Brain; 7. Seizure Disorders; 8. Meningitis; 9. Brain Tumors. Unfortunately, many long term disability carriers don’t make it easy for those with neurological disorders to receive the long term disability benefits that they deserve. Long term disability applicants...

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I applied for Social Security Disability Benefits while working and my claim has been denied, why?

The most basic eligibility requirement to receive Social Security Disability benefits is the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity that has lasted or is expected to last for twelve months. In other words, you can’t be working. How will the Social Security Administration know? They will look at your earning records. Every employer takes out Social Security tax from your paychecks and therefore, Social Security is going to know how much you have earned. If an Examiner finds that you have been working, it is very easy for them to deny your Social Security Disability claim. Have you applied for...

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Multiple Social Security Disability Applications- No More

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The Social Security Administration used to allow multiple filings for benefits. That was important because if the Social Security Administration denied your application, you could file a new claim for benefits while waiting for your appeal to be heard. This made it possible that you could win your new claim before the time your appeal ran. That was important because it could take years for appeals to work their way through the Appellate process. Unfortunately, the new rules do not allow a person claiming disability to have two claims for the same type of benefits pending at the same time. As...

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