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If You Don’t File A Social Security Disability Claim Because Of A Back Fusion, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

Back Fusion Social Security Disability Claims Lawyer

Back pain as a result of a herniated disc can be disabling. While some will recover without surgical intervention, it’s not uncommon for those who have significant back problems to undergo back surgery for a herniated disc or even for a fusion. The herniated disc can cause nerve root compression or there might be instability of the spine as a result of degenerative disc disease a fusion can fix these problems. What Will The Social Security Administration Want To See In My Back Fusion Claim? The Social Security Administration is going to want to see diagnostic studies that confirm an arthritic condition, spinal stenosis,...

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What Is The Social Security “Blue Book of Impairments”?

Social Security Blue Book of Impairments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) takes a system based approach in determining an applicant's entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits at Step 3 of the 5 Step Sequential Evaluation. You remember the body systems? When you studied biology you learned about the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the orthopedic system and other body systems. The SSA created the Blue Book of Listings based on this body system approach. As a result, there is a whole Listing for cardiological impairments, digestive impairments, reproductive impairments, psychiatric impairments, neurological impairments, endocrinological impairments, and rheumatological impairments. If you name it, there's probably a listing for it,...

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How the Social Security Administration Cheats Disabled Americans

Social Security Administration Cheats Disabled Americans

Unfortunately, the waiting time to get a hearing for Social Security Disability benefits is over two years and that delay might be deliberated! Since 2010 the United States Congress has squeezed the Social Security Administration's operating budget. There's been an 11% cut. That doesn't sound like much but the reality is: - the agency has closed 65 of its field offices, - there have been staff reductions, - there has been a quin-tripling for the hold times for telephone assistant and - a significant increase in backlog in claims processing. How The Republicans Have Made Social Security A Political Issue Republican legislators aligned with conservative think tanks...

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What Every Social Security Disability Applicant Needs To Know About The Transferability of Skills

Transferability of Skills Social Security Disability

The Social Security disability claims process is confusing and discouraging. Many people think they're entitled to Social Security disability benefits simply because their doctors told them they can't work anymore. Not true! The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a 5 Step Sequential Evaluation to determine whether you are entitled to benefits. You have to meet every one of these steps. One of the most confusing steps is Step 5, the SSA must determine whether or not you have any transferable skills from any work that you have previously done that would allow you to perform a new job or learn a...

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The Six Type Of Forms That Every Social Security Disability Applicant Must Complete When They Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits

Forms Documentation Required For Social Security Disability Benefits

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a lot of work. There isn't any way around it. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires 6 different types of documentation during the application process. Before you apply for benefits you should gather this information. Better yet, consult with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney like Nancy Cavey who can help you gather the information and complete the forms correctly. What Is The Documentation Required For Social Security Disability? 1. The Disability Report SSA asks that you complete a disability report that will provide the SSA with information about your medical condition, the treatment you have...

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Three Myths That Every Social Security Disability Applicant Shouldn’t Ignore

Three Myths Social Security Disability Applicants

There are many myths that I hear from Social Security Disability Applicants. I am a myth-buster! Some of these myths include: Myth #1: My Social Security Disability Benefits will equal what I'm currently making. Fact: No! The amount of your Social Security Disability benefits is based on your earnings record but there is a maximum payment of $2,687.00 which changes every year. According to statistics the average currently monthly payout is $1,171.00. Even if you made a million dollars a year, your maximum Social Security Disability benefit would be $2,687.00. Myth #2: My Social Security benefits will start as soon as I apply. Fact: If...

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The 3 Myths and 3 Facts About Social Security Disability Insurance That You Need To Know

Social Security Disability Insurance Myths Facts

As a Social Security Disability attorney, I hear many myths about the Social Security Disability claims process. Unfortunately, many people believe these myths and do nothing. Here are some myths that need to be blown out of the water: Myth #1: Everyone's Social Security Disability application is denied. Fact: About 2/3 of the initial and request for reconsideration are denied, but at the end of the day, over 50% of those who apply for Social Security Disability benefits and keep at it get their disability benefits. Myth #2: You don't need a lawyer to get your Social Security Disability benefits. Fact: Well, it's a...

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The Three Ways Your Social Security Disability Benefits Can Be Garnished Depending on Who You Owe

Social Security Disability Benefits Garnished Florida

Many Americans rely on their Social Security Disability benefits and believe that it's untouchable! That's not true. It is possible that a portion of your Social Security Disability benefits can be garnished or seized by the Federal government. What Are The Three Ways My Social Security Disability Benefits Can Be Garnished? Only the United States government can garnish a part of your Social Security Disability benefits. Private creditors like banks or credit card companies, can't touch your Social Security benefits. However, if you have following types of debt, you could be eligible for garnishment: 1. Federal Income Tax The IRS, according to the Federal...

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The Social Security Administration Partners With Medical Facilities To Speed The Receipt Of Social Security Disability Applicant Medical Records

Social Security Administration Partners Medical Records

The key to winning your Social Security Disability claim is your medical records. The Social Security Administration application requests that you list all of your medical providers. The SSA will write to each of the providers asking for a copy of your medical records. It can take a long time to gather all of your medical information. At Cavey Law, we make sure that all of your medical records have been gathered and are submitted with your application. New Medical Partners and the SSA However, the Social Security Administration is now partnering with large medical centers, like Johns Hopkins, to allow direct electronic...

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Can I Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits Because of My Skin Disorder?

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has created a listing of Impairments to evaluate skin disorders and other conditions that can result from hereditary, congenital or pathological processes. These include: ichthyosis, bullous disease, dermatitis, chronic infection of the skin or mucous membrane, hidradenitis, suppurativa, and genetic photosensitivity. If you have a disability that meets the Listing criteria, the Social Security Administration will consider your skin condition as sufficiently severe to prevent you from performing substantial gainful work. As a result, benefits can be awarded at Step 3! But What About Durational Requirements for Social Security Disability? The SSA does require that these dermatological conditions...

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