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If you’re contemplating either a SSI or SSDI claim, you simply must read this

03-31-2011

By Mike Hinshaw

A recent post at Digital Journal underscores the importance of retaining a trained, experienced attorney if you’re fighting for disability claims, regardless of whether it involves an SSI item or an SSDI claim:

At this moment, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is faced with the largest case backlog in history, due to the struggling economy and the corresponding rise in claims, which makes it more important than ever to handle your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim with careful attention to detail, according to Disability Group, Inc., a leading national firm of SSDI attorney representation.

Because there are so many Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases that need to be reviewed by the SSA, applicants now have the opportunity to influence how quickly claims are reviewed, and increase the likelihood of claims getting approved, in two critically important steps.

“So many people make the mistake of not doing two simple things,” says Patrick Ryan, Director of Operations for Disability Group, Inc. “There are two to-dos of applying for Social Security Disability Benefits, which any firm will tell any client.”

The Two To-Dos of Applying for Social Security Disability

    1. Securing Medical Records

When a disability claim is first handled, either at the initial level (when there has been no decision yet) or at the reconsideration level (after a social security disability denial), it is processed by a disability examiner at Disability Determination Services.

But the disability examiner at DDS is not always successful in obtaining all the necessary medical records. In fact, it is not unusual for disability examiners to make decisions on claims even if not all of the medical evidence is in the file. This will happen if a disability examiner simply has no success in getting the records from a particular doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital.

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    2. Respond to ALL Social Security Disability letters and notices promptly

A social security disability case can easily run into trouble if an official notice goes unanswered, especially if it requires some type of response with time constraints. In some cases, this means the difference between a denied claim and an awarded claim.

In all instances, a claimant for benefits based on disability should respond promptly to notices sent by either the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) (the office of hearings and appeals), DDS (disability determination services), or the Social Security Field Office or District Office, where the claimant originally applied for benefits).

Surprisingly, a very large percentage of disability claimants do not respond to notices from these offices. Failure to respond causes delays and puts your social security disability claim in jeopardy. Always respond promptly to letters and notices sent by any office connected to the Social Security Administration. “It is easy to respond quickly to notifications from the OHA and the DDS when you have representation helping you through each step of your claim,” says Patrick Ryan, Director of Operations at Disability Group, Inc.

Agreed–that sounds like very good advice.

It’s also good to read the whole article, if you’ve got time. We realize you may not have the inclination. But, if nothing else, it shows the importance of retaining a trained, experienced attorney. This stuff can be overwhelming.

For a return to basics, here’s a post from February:

What is the difference between Social Security disability and SSI disability?

Social Security is responsible for two major programs that provide benefits based on disability:  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is based on prior work under Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Under SSI, payments are made on the basis of financial need.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is financed with Social Security taxes paid by workers, employers, and self-employed persons.  To be eligible for a Social Security benefit, the worker must earn sufficient credits based on taxable work to be “insured” for Social Security purposes.  Disability benefits are payable to blind or disabled workers, widow(er)s, or adults disabled since childhood, who are otherwise eligible.  The amount of the monthly disability benefit is based on the Social Security earnings record of the insured worker.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program financed through general revenues.  SSI disability benefits are payable to adults or children who are disabled or blind, have limited income and resources, meet the living arrangement requirements, and are otherwise eligible.  The monthly payment varies up to the maximum federal benefit rate, which may be supplemented by the State or decreased by countable income and resources.  See Understanding Supplemental Security Income for an explanation of SSI benefit payment rates.

God bless–we understand that anybody reading this information may be in serious trouble. All we’re doing is trying to help.

Angelman Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability

Angelman Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes developmental delays, disabilities and neurological problems. Some of these neurological problems include difficulty walking and balancing, speaking and, in some cases, seizures.

Many people with Angelman Syndrome have excitable, happy personalities. Outbursts of laughter and frequent smiles are usual for those who have Angelman Syndrome.

Doctor Harry Angelman was the first to describe the syndrome in 1965. There were several children in his practice who had jerky movements, bouts of laughter, protruding tongues and flat heads.

Infants who are born with Angelman Syndrome appear normal at birth, but then they have feeding problems during their first months of life. There are also delays in development that are evidenced when the child is 6 to 12 months old. Seizures frequently happen when the child is between 2 and 3 years of age.

Angelman Syndrome is not an illness. It is a genetic condition. Angelman Syndrome is rare. It occurs in around 1 in 12,000 to 20,000 people.

There are several effects that Angelman Syndrome may have on your child with disability. Some of these are:

  • An inability to move, walk or have good balance (ataxia)
  • Smiling and laughter that takes place often
  • Lack of speech or little speech
  • Happy, excitable personality
  • Delays in development, like no crawling or babbling at 9 to 12 months of age
  • Mental retardation
  • Trembling movements of arms and legs.

There are other effects caused by Angelman Syndrome that are not as common. These include:

  • Small head size
  • Thrusting of the tongue
  • Seizures that usually start between 2 and 3 years old
  • Jutting out of the lower jaw
  • Walking with arms up in the air
  • Jerky or stiff movements
  • Flatness in the back of the head
  • Eyes that cross
  • Light pigmentation in the skin, eyes and hair
  • Abnormal EEG
  • Feeding problems during infancy
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Attraction to and/or fascination with water.

These effects caused by Angelman Syndrome and/or conditions resulting from or along with it may be the reason for the disability of your child with disability. You may not be able to work because of having to care for your child with disability.

If this is the case, do you need help? Do you need financial help?

Have you applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits on behalf of your child with disability from the Social Security Administration? Was your child with disability denied?

If you are thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, you will need a disability lawyer like the one at disabilitycasereview.com to help and assist your child with disability in this process. This is true because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer.