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SSDI questions where can I get the best answers?

Recently on our legal forum a user asked, “I have cancer, and I can no longer work. I have worked thirty years as a lab technician. I am so confused about what I need to do to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and where I need to go to get my SSDI questions answered. I have called the Social Security Administration (SSA), but it doesn’t seem like they really have time to help me. Should I just contact a lawyer and have them do all the work?”

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High Blood Pressure and Receiving Social Security Disability

How big and widespread a problem is high blood pressure? It is now estimated that almost one in every three adult Americans has high blood pressure. Because high blood pressure has no signs or symptoms, it is also estimated that about one-third of the people with high blood pressure do not know that they have it.

What is high blood pressure? Blood is carried from your heart to all parts of your body through your arteries. Blood pressure is the force of the blood as it pushes against the walls of your arteries. Each time your heart beats (about 60-70 times a minute at rest), it pumps out blood into your arteries.

Your blood pressure is at its highest when your heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. When your heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury.

Your blood pressure is considered to be normal if it is below 120/80. Usually, the lower it is, the better it is. However, extremely low blood pressure can also cause problems that need to be checked out by your doctor.

High blood pressure is when your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. If only one of these numbers is at this level, you are still considered to have high blood pressure. If your blood pressure is between 120 and 139 for the systolic, or between 80 and 89 for the diastolic, you are considered to be prehypertension.

As mentioned earlier, high blood pressure usually does not have any signs or symptoms.  A few people in the early stages of high blood pressure may have dizzy spells, nosebleeds or dull headaches. Most of the time, however, these signs and symptoms do not show up until high blood pressure has reached an advanced, possibly life-threatening stage.

You or a loved one may have high blood pressure. Complications arising from or in conjunction with your high blood pressure may be the cause of you or your loved one’s disability.

As a result, you or your loved one may need help. You may need financial assistance.

Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by high blood pressure and complications arising from or in conjunction with it. Were you or your love one denied?

If you or your loved one is thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, you will need a smart disability lawyer like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com to assist and aid you in what can be a long and trying process. This is true because people who are represented by a skilled disability attorney are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer.

Do not delay. Do not put this off. Contact the wise disability attorney at disabilitycasereview.com, today.

Receiving Social Security Disability For Your Chronic Liver Disease

Chronic liver disease is an umbrella term that can refer to any one of a number of liver diseases. These liver diseases are slow progressing. They usually continue for a long period of time.

The result of chronic liver disease is a progressive destruction of your liver. There is also a regeneration of your liver parenchyma that leads to fibrosis and cirrhosis. This destruction of your liver will probably take place over a period of several years.

The effects of chronic liver disease can reach a stage where they are debilitating. In fact, you or a loved one may be at a point, right now, where you cannot work. Chronic liver disease and/or complications caused by or associated with it may be the reason for you or your loved one’s disability.

There is an extensive list of liver diseases that fall under the heading of chronic liver disease. Some of these include:

  • Cirrhosis
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Liver cancer
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Wilson’s disease

The signs and symptoms of chronic liver disease do not usually appear until the disease has progressed for a while. Then you may begin to be affected by several signs and symptoms. Some of these are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Jaundice
  • Mental confusion
  • Excessive thirst
  • Abdominal pain and tenderness.

Have you or your loved one thought about applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by chronic liver disease and/or complications caused by or associated with this condition? Have you or your loved one already done this and been denied by the Social Security Administration?

You or your loved one may be wondering what to do next? Do you have any recourse? What options are open to you?

One option that you or your loved one have open to you is to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you decide to do this, here is something important for you to think about.

You or your loved one is going to need a qualified disability lawyer like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com to represent and advise you in what can prove to be a long and exasperating process. The reason for this being true is because people who have a proven disability attorney on their side are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer.

Suffering From Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome (ARDS)? You May Qualify For Social Security Disabiltiy Benefits and

If you or a loved one is suffering from acute respiratory disease syndrom, it might be possible to receive Social Security disability benefits. If you have already filed a claim and it has been denied, contact a Social Security disability attorney for help appealing the denial of benefits.

Acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS) is breathing failure that occurs in critically ill people with underlying illnesses. Acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS) is not a specific disease, but a life-threatening condition that happens when there is severe fluid buildup in both of your lungs. This fluid buildup prevents your lungs from working properly. Your lungs do not transfer oxygen from the air into your body and carbon dioxide out of your body into the air the way they should.

About 190,000 people are affected by acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS) every year in the United States. In the past, only about 4 out of 10 people survived ARDS. Today, with proper care in a hospital intensive or critical care unit, around 7 out of 10 people survive acute respiratory disease syndrome.

Some people recover completely from ARDS. Others who survive have lasting damage to their lungs and other health problems. You or a loved one may be one of those who have survived acute respiratory disease syndrome, but have ongoing damage to your lungs or other health problems.

In fact, the problems resulting from ARDS may be to the point that you or your loved one is not able to work. ARDS and conditions resulting from or along with it may be the reason for your disability.

Some of the affects that ARDS has on you are organ failure and low blood pressure. Shortness of breath, a bluish skin color due to a low level of oxygen in your blood and labored, rapid breathing are also affects of acute respiratory disease syndrome.

ARDS usually develops when you already have an underlying, serious illness. Most of the time it occurs when you are in the hospital. However, it can develop at home with a serious accident or illness to your lungs.

It is hard to do any kind of work if you are having breathing problems or other lung problems resulting from ARDS. Other health problems may have developed as a result of acute respiratory disease syndrome that are causing you or your loved one’s disability.

If you or your loved one is disabled and unable to work, you probably need assistance. You probably need financial help.

Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of ARDS and conditions resulting from it. Were you or your loved one denied?

If you or your loved one is thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, here is something that you need to know. People who are represented by a knowledgeable disability attorney are approved more often than those people who are without a lawyer.

Can A Social Security Disability Attorney help speed up my Social Security Disability Hearing or Social Security Disability Decision?

There are only a few scenarios in which a Social Security Disability Attorney can help speed up a Social Security Disability Hearing. It is important to understand that the main goal of hiring a Social Security Disability Attorney is to increase your chances or winning your Social Security Disability claim, not expediting the Social Security Disability process. That said, listed below are several ways a Social Security Disability Attorney may be able to help expedite your Social Security Disability Claim: 

  • Ensure all updated medical information is gathered in a timely fashion and sent to the Social Security Administration prior to all appeals.
  • In certain limited cases a Social Security Disability hearings may be scheduled more quickly if the claimant can prove they are in dire need. The Social Security Disability Attorney can work with the claimant to submit the necessary paperwork: dire need letter, past due notices for rent, utility bills, eviction notices and medical prescriptions. There must be serious financial need to warrant an expedited Social Security Disability hearing.
  • If you have had a Social Security Disability Hearing scheduled you may be able to expedite the decision by requesting an on-the-record-review (OTR). This OTR request will ask that the Social Security Disability claim be reviewed before the Administrative hearing is held. The main benefit of the on-the-record-review is that you may get approved more quickly with out waiting for the decision of the Administrative Law Judge at the Social Security Disability hearing. OTR Reviews are only approved if your physical or mental health condition has gotten substantially worse and your medical information is up to date and can substantiate your worsening health claim.
  • The last way to speed up the Social Security Disability hearing is to have a United States Congressman or United States Senator launch a congressional inquiry. A Social Security Disability hearing may be expedited for a claimant if a staff member requests it either by calling or writing. This is difficult to do, but has had limited success.

In most instances a Social Security Disability Attorney will not be able to move your Social Security Disability claim through the Social Security Administrative process faster than you can with out Social Security Disability legal representation. What the Social Security Disability Attorney can do is increase your chances of winning Social Security Disability benefits at all levels of the Social Security Disability process.

Most Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claims are denied at the initial application level and the reconsideration level. If your Social Security Disability claim is appealed to the Administrative Law Judge level and you are scheduled for a Social Security Disability hearing, representation by a Social Security Disability lawyer can greatly increase your chances of success.

A Social Security Disability Attorney has the experience to gather, read and evaluate your medical documentation and prepare the information for the Administrative Law Judge in the format he requires.  The Social Security Disability Attorney can evaluate your mental and physical health impairments and help the Administrative Law Judge evaluate how it compares to the Social Security Impairment Listing and determine the amount of your residual work capacity.

The most important thing a Social Security Disability Attorney offers is the expertise to navigate the Social Security Disability hearings, decipher and answer all the Administrative Law Judge questions and answer questions regarding your work capacity. If there are vocational or medical experts who are providing expert testimony for the Administrative Law Judge, your Social Security Disability Attorney can respond to the experts and provide additional information which the Administrative Law Judge can use to make his decision.

Asthma And Disability

Are you one of the millions and millions of people in the United States who suffers with asthma?  Does your spouse or your child with disability have asthma?  

Is asthma so severe that it is causing a disability for you, your spouse, or your child with disability?  Is asthma the reason you or your spouse is unable to work? 

If this describes your situation, you may need help.  You may need financial help. 

If you are a single parent and your child with disability has asthma, your need for financial help is probably even greater. 

You may be in the process of looking for help.  You may be looking into the various options that you have open to you.  

One option you may or may not have thought about is applying for a Social Security disability benefit or disability benefit from the Social Security Administration for you, your spouse, or your child with disability because of the disability caused by asthma

You may have already filed for a Social Security disability benefit or disability benefit for you, your spouse, or your child with disability because of the disability caused by asthma and been turned down.  

What do you do now?  What can you do now? 

You may or may not have thought about reapplying or appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration.  If you decide to appeal or reapply with the social security administration for a Social Security disability benefit or disability benefit for you, your spouse, or your child with disability because of the disability caused by asthma, there is something crucial you should know.  You will need the help and direction of an experienced disability lawyer to guide and assist you through this process. 

You are where you need to be.  This is the Website where you need to be.  The expert disability lawyer who will work with you through SocialSecurityHome.com can guide and aid you in appealing or reapplying for a Social Security disability benefit or disability benefit because of asthma for you, your spouse, or your child with disability

It may be helpful to you to know some basic things about asthma.  It will help you to be better equipped and prepared. 

Asthma is a chronic condition, which means it is recurrent or long lasting.  Asthma involves the respiratory system in a way in which the airway occasionally constricts, becomes inflamed, and is lined with excessive amounts of mucus.  This often happens as the result of one or more triggers.  These attacks may be triggered by such things as exposure to an environmental stimulant (or allergen) such as moist air, cold air, warm air, exertion or exercise, or emotional stress.  In children, the most common triggers are viral illnesses like those that cause the common cold. 

Asthma is increasing rapidly in developed countries like the United States.  It is now estimated that asthma affects up to one in four children in urban areas.  It is estimated that 17,000,000 people are affected by asthma in the United States, alone. 

There are several different types of asthma.  These include allergic asthma, cough-variant asthma, exercise-induced asthma, nocturnal asthma, occupational asthma, and adult-onset asthma. 

The signs and symptoms of asthma can be anywhere from mild to severe.  Before an asthma attack there are usually some warning signs.  Here are some symptoms to watch out for: 

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Increased wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Inability to sleep because of wheezing, shortness of breath, or coughing. 

Asthma may be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.  If asthma runs in your family you are more likely to get this condition.  If you are sensitive to environmental irritants or allergens you are more likely to develop asthma.  Some of the environmental allergens and irritants that can trigger asthma are: 

  • Smoke
  • Cockroaches and dust mites
  • Pollen, animal dander, or mold]
  • Air pollutants and irritants
  • Strong odors, scented products, or chemicals
  • Respiratory infections like the common cold
  • Cold air
  • Stress and strong emotions
  • Exercise or physical exertion. 

Diagnosing asthma can be hard because the signs and symptoms are similar to other conditions like emphysema, vocal cord problems, or congestive heart failure in its early stages.  In order to rule out these other conditions there are several tests the doctor may perform.  In addition the doctor will probably ask for your complete medical history, and want you to have a physical exam. 

In addition to their being different types of asthma, there are also different ways that asthma is classified: 

Ø  Mild intermittent.  This is the mildest form of asthma.  Usually, the symptoms are mild for up to two days a week and up to two nights a month.

Ø  Mild persistent.  This is asthma where the symptoms are mild more than two times a week, but no more than once a day.

Ø  Moderate persistent.  This involves symptoms once a day and more than one night a week.

Ø  Severe persistent.  This is the most severe class of asthma.  This involves symptoms that go on thru the day on most days and often at night. 

One of the most effective ways of treating your asthma is to identify what triggers an attack, and avoid or eliminate your exposure to them.  Several types of medications are used in treating asthma.  Most of the time it involves a combination of quick relief and long-term control medications.  There are also some alternative treatments people have tried, but the results are inconclusive as to how beneficial they really are.

Details About The Social Security Disability Benefits Application

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a long and difficult process. It takes patience and perserverance to complete the application and receive the benefits you deserve, and sometimes, even that is not enough. If you are having trouble getting the disability benefits you need from the Social Security Administration, you need a tenacious disability attorney on your side.

As a continuation of our previous post, here is a list of the information that you will need to have in order to fill out the application and some details about what the application will look like. You will need:

  • Your social security number
  • Your  birth or baptismal certificate
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of the doctors, caseworkers, hospitals and clinics that took care of you and dates of your visits
  • Names and dosage of all the medication that you take
  • Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers that you already have in your possession
  • Laboratory and test results
  • A summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did
  • A copy of your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) or, if you are self-employed, your federal tax return for the past year.

If you have the above mentioned information ready, it may only take you 15-30 minutes to fill it out. The Social Security Administration estimates that it will take you 10-30 minutes to fill out the application with the average time being about 15 minutes.

The first section is personal information including your name, social security number, gender and date of birth. It also will ask you if your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 months.

The second page of the Social Security disability application asks for your address, phone number, the best time to call and your email address. Your language preferences are also asked for on the second page.

The third page of the application is about citizenship. It asks if you were born in the United States or a U.S. Territory or Commonwealth, and if you are a United States citizen.

Once you finish the three page application for Social Security disability benefits, you will be given an application number. In order for the date that you fill out the application to be the official application date, you have six months from that date to complete the application process.

There is then an additional information section that you have to fill out of two pages. The first wants to know if you have ever used any other social security number or name. The second page asks if you want to receive reduced Retirement benefits while waiting for the disability decision.

The next section is a three page section that asks about your family. It asks about your spouse and children.

The next section is about military service. If you were in the military, you will need to provide information about the branch you served in and dates of service.

The next section is about your work history. You will need names, dates of employment and what you did.

Next, is a section about direct deposit. Here, you will need to supply information about your bank or credit union.

You are then asked to list your disability or disabilities. At the end of the application you will need to authorize the Social Security Administration to get a copy of your medical records to confirm your disability and eligibility for Social Security disability benefits.

If you are denied by the Social Security Administration in your application for Social Security disability benefits, you may need the help of an experienced disability attorney to help you in appealing the denial. SocialSecurityHome.com is the website where you can contact a skilled disability lawyer who can help you in what can be a long and complicated process.

If you have been denied, do not wait or delay. Contact the reliable disability attorney at SocialSecurityHome.com, today.

How To Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits

If you have become disabled and are not able to work for at least twelve months due to a physical or mental health limitation you may be eligible for Social Security Disability payments. The Social Security Administration administers two different disability programs. They are Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.

Social Security Disability Insurance requires that you are disabled and you have worked a certain number of pay periods and paid employment taxes. When you work and pay taxes you are accumulating work credits. If you become disabled and have enough work credits accumulated you may be able to draw Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Benefits may also be available to widows, dependents and widowers.

Supplemental Security Income is the second program administered by the Social Security Administration. This program is for individuals who are aged (65 years or older), blind or individuals who have limited income and resources and are disabled and unable to work. The disability requirements that must be met for each program are the same. Limited income and resources are determined by the Social Security Administration and the amount can vary by year.

To apply for Social Security Disability benefits, both SSI and SSDI, you can contact the Social Security Administration in the following ways:

  1. Call the Social Security Administration’s Office at 1-800-772-1213
  2. Visit the Social Security Administration online at www.socialsecurity.gov and complete the Social Security Disability application.
  3. Make an appointment to meet with a Social Security Disability representative at a local Social Security Administration Office. To locate the nearest Social Security Administration office in your area go to the www.socialsecurity.gov website and find the Social Security Administration office locator page. Enter your zip code and the nearest Social Security Administration Regional Office in your area will be listed for you.
  4. After you have met with a SSA representative or filled out the Social Security Disability Application on line your completed Social Security Disability application will be sent to the appropriate Social Security Administration Office. It may take 30-90 days for your Social Security Disability application to be processed. If you are denied Social Security Disability benefits, they will send you a denial letter in the mail. You have 60 days from the date of the denial letter to file your Social Security Disability benefits. If you are approved for Social Security Disability benefits they will send you a letter outlining the Social Security Disability benefits you can expect to receive and the date you will receive them.

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Benefits or if you have questions regarding Social Security Disability benefits, you can contact a Social Security Disability lawyer who can answer all of your Social Security Disability questions. If you have been denied benefits a Social Security Disability Attorney can also help with each phase of the Social Security Disability appeals process and increase your chances for getting benefits.