The Social Security Disability system in the United States is very complicated. Whether you are a recently disabled father trying to provide for your family, a single mother who can no longer work because of an illness, or the parent of a child who needs extra help because of a challenging condition, obtaining benefits is not easy. The “system” involves a complex set of rules and requirements that make it very hard for the average person to successfully receive payments.

There is hope, however, and we appreciate you looking for help here. Our law firm provides unique benefits to clients just like you, which include:

  • A singular focus on representing the injured and disabled.
  • Having all important work performed by an experienced disability attorney.
  • A guarantee that you pay no fees unless you obtain social security disability benefits.
  • A proven track record of success in both routine and difficult cases.

Regardless of whether you are considering filing for benefits for the first time, or have been denied numerous times in the past, please call our office at (404) 255-9838. We will discuss your options free of charge, and help you make an informed decision about what to do next. We look forward to talking with you.

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If you are living in a low-income household, with a child suffering from disability, you can potentially receive social security income benefits for your child.

Generally, the following requirements must be met to receive government assistance:

  • Your child can’t be working and earning more than $1,130 per month in 2016
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAPS) is a federally-funded program that assists low-income households with their meals. Anyone is eligible to apply for food stamps. Once you submit your application, in person or through the mail, you will be interviewed by someone from the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)to properly assess your need for food stamps.

Your request for food stamps will most likely be met in the state of Georgia if you:

  • Have a bank balance (savings and checking combined) of $2,001 or less
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Medicare is a federally funded program that provides medical care to senior citizens 65+ years old. Medicare is also available to disability beneficiaries who receive Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) through Social Security.  Senior citizens are always guaranteed to be covered, but Medicare isn’t entirely free–patients are often required to pay part of their medical costs. Since Medicare is run by the federal government, coverage is basically the same universally throughout the United States.

Medicaid provides financial assistance to low income individuals of any age, as demonstrated need presents itself. Your income must be below a certain amount in order to receive Medicaid. Patients are sometimes required to pay nothing, but there is sometimes a co-pay. Medicaid is run jointly by both the states and the federal government so rules and regulations vary depending on your state of residence.

It is possible to be on both Medicare and Medicaid, depending on eligibility for both programs.

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Persons with psoriasis are often inadequately prepared for the kind of impact that the skin condition can have on their health. According to a new study conducted by Psoriasis in America 2016, patients often feel helpless because there is no complete cure for psoriasis, and patients do not believe that the existing treatments are beneficial.

In the study, more than 500 respondents who suffered from psoriasis admitted that although they had access to a wide variety of treatment options to treat their condition, they were unable to find treatments that worked specifically for their condition. Symptoms of psoriasis are inconsistent. The condition can change over time, and symptoms can flare or become less severe. Treatments, as a result, simply become less effective over a period of time.

Most of the respondents in the study were using treatments that included corticosteroids, topical treatments, and phototherapy or light therapy. Only about a quarter of the participants were using newer medicines for the treatment of psoriasis. An overwhelming majority of the patients admitted that they often felt embarrassed or humiliated by the condition, and admitted that they wished others would understand how difficult it is to live with this condition.

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You might believe that your disability is severe, and meets the Social Security Administration’s criteria for claims approval. However, many Social Security disability claims are denied every year because of one of the following factors.

Earnings

In 2016, the Substantial Gainful Activity limit is $1,130 per month. That means that if you earn an income that is above this limit, you may not qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Several income sources may be included in this calculation. To understand whether your earnings are within this limit, speak to a Social Security disability benefits lawyer.

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Social Security disability benefits payments are not permanent. Your payments will be reviewed periodically by the Social Security Administration (SSA), which could decide to stop benefits.

Disability benefits typically cease when one of the following two criteria are met.

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A person may be eligible for more than one federal benefit program.  Under the Social Security disability program however, your benefits may be impacted if you receive other types of government payments.

For instance, if you are currently eligible for and receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you may find a reduction in Social Security disability benefits that are provided to you. A person may be eligible for workers’ comp benefits if he or she has suffered an on-the-job injury.  Workers’ compensation is paid out by federal or state agencies, insurance companies and employers. If you receive these types of benefits, there may be a reduction in the Social Security disability benefits that you receive.

In addition, if you are also eligible for and receiving other types of benefit payments, like civil service disability benefits, state government retirement benefits, local retirement benefits, or temporary state disability benefits, you may find that these sources of income also impact your Social Security disability benefits. Private disability payment payouts, such as those from a private pension, may not have any impact on your disability benefits.

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Several studies have earlier pointed to a possible association between high frequency cell phone use and an enhanced risk of developing cancer. A new study has taken a look at the issue and indicates that there is a connection.

The study was conducted over a two and half year period by the National Toxicology Program, and seems to strongly link frequent cell phone use with certain types of cancer. According the study, male rats that were exposed to radiation were more likely to develop brain cancer as compared to rats that were not exposed to the radiation. They also had a much higher risk of developing a rare tumor of the heart.

The concerning part is that the level of radiation exposure that the rats were given as part of the study is very similar to the level of exposure associated with cell phone use.  While other studies have also pointed to an association between cell phone use and cancer in the past, this study has been taken particularly seriously because the National Toxicology Program has a stellar reputation for accuracy, especially with respect to animal bioassays.  It should be noted that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration says there is “no evidence linking cell phone use with the risk of brain tumors” on its website.

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At a typical disability hearing, you can expect plenty of questions about your medical condition, the treatment you are undergoing and other medical and health-related aspects of your case. It’s very important to be absolutely certain about the kind of limitations your condition places on you. Being vague, or sounding uncertain at a disability hearing, could prove disastrous for your case.

For instance, if you are seeking disability benefits for a condition that involves a lot of pain, you will be expected to describe the intensity of your pain. Being vague, hesitating, or exaggerating your symptoms will not help. The judge may also ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, and you should be able to do so without any hesitation.

You must also be prepared to provide very detailed and specific answers to questions about the nature of your symptoms, and the physical and mental limitations that they impose on you. If your job requires you to carry heavy loads, and you’re unable to do that because of your condition, be prepared to explain this to the judge at the disability hearing.

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Simply stated, you should file a claim for disability benefits as quickly as possible.

It is important to keep in mind that the actual process of approving your claim may take many months because of either backlog at the Social Security Administration or other factors beyond your control.    Also remember that if your claim is denied – and many claims are denied every year- you may have to go through an equally lengthy appeals process before you get your claim approved.  If your initial appeal is denied, you may want to file another appeal.  Overall, this process may take up to two years.  During this time, your medical condition could worsen, causing you additional financial distress.  For that reason and for many others, it is important to get started on filing a claim as quickly as possible.

Sometimes, Social Security disability attorneys work with clients who have waited a very long before filing a claim for benefits.  In many cases, people do so because they believe that their condition will get better and that they will eventually be able to return to work and earn the same income as before.  It’s natural to feel that way, and optimism is good.  However, if things don’t work out as planned it is better to have the financial resources necessary for your living expenses.