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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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Heart Disease and Your Entitlement to Social Security Disability Benefits

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You may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits as a result of cardiac disease. The Social Security Administration will use a Five Step Sequential Evaluation to determine your entitlement to benefits. At Step Three the Social Security Administration will evaluation whether or not you meet a listing.To meet a listing, your medical records must document Angiographic evidence of one of the following:1. 50% or more narrowing of a non-bypassed left main coronary artery 2. 70% or more narrowing of another non-bypassed coronary artery 3. 50% or more involving a long segment of a non-bypassed coronary artery 4. 50% or more narrowing of...

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Oscar Pistorius Disability Can’t Hold Him Down

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By now you probably have heard or atleast seen the man named Oscar Pistorius in relation to the Olympics. According to MSNBC, "Oscar Pistorius of South Africa (or Blade Runner, as he is also called) ran in the men’s 400-meter race in London over the weekend, making history as the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic games.""So what was the best moment of his race? Pistorius said that it was coming down the home stretch and "hearing the roar of the crowd and knowing that there were so many people behind me just made it that much more enjoyable, and will definitely...

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Macular Degeneration and Your Rights to Long Term Disability Benefits

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Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD), can effect apart of your eye called the Macula. AMD can make things look blurry or wavy and can even lead to a blind spot in your central vision.If you have an individual disability policy or group disability policy, you may be entitled to long term disability benefits for the loss of central vision from AMD.Millions of people over age 50 have vision loss from AMD and as a result are unable to focus on anything right in front of them. Obviously, not being able to focus makes basic tasks difficult or impossible. The loss...

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