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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Persons who suffer from HIV/AIDS may qualify for Social Security disability benefits under certain circumstances.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that the HIV/AIDS condition has lasted for, and is expected to last for, at least 12 months, or is expected to result in the death of the person.

SSA requires evidence that the infection has resulted in a condition which prohibits the person from working.  An HIV diagnosis, although difficult emotionally, will not automatically qualify a person for Social Security disability benefits. It is important to provide evidence that your symptoms are so severe that they make it difficult for you to engage in what the SSA refers to as Substantial Gainful Activity.  Persons who are asymptomatic, or do not have severe symptoms of HIV/ AIDS symptoms, may therefore not qualify for benefits under these criteria.

You must provide strong medical evidence about your eligibility for benefits, such as a full medical history, complete clinical course of the illness, diagnostic lab results, and any other documents that detail your condition and symptoms.

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Different types of heart conditions may make a person eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program. However, merely being diagnosed with a heart condition does not necessarily qualify a person for benefits.

Take, for instance, the case of coronary artery disease. This is a condition in which there is a buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries. It can be very serious because the arteries are responsible for supplying blood to your heart muscles. Coronary artery disease can result in a heart attack when the arteries are severely blocked, cutting off the supply of oxygen to the heart muscles.

In order to qualify for benefits for coronary artery disease, you must prove that you suffer from the symptoms that are contained in the listing for myocardial ischemia. These include severe chest discomfort during exertion, or shortness of breath.

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it possible for persons with hearing loss to qualify for benefits. However, the level of hearing loss must be severe or profound. Mild or moderate hearing loss typically does not qualify for benefits.

If your hearing loss has not resulted in you getting a cochlear implant, you must undergo either an audiometry test or a word recognition test to determine if you qualify for benefits. The autometry test must prove that your hearing threshold is worse than or equal to 90 decibels (dB). In the word recognition test, your score must be a maximum of 40% in the better ear. These tests must be conducted without the use of hearing aids.

If, however, you have cochlear implants in either one or both ears, you will automatically qualify for disability benefits. These benefits will last for up to one year after the initial determination.  If your word recognition score continues to remain below or at 60%, your benefits will be extended beyond that period of time.

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A disability hearing is one of the most critical stages in your appeals process.  While it is not required that you attend in person, it could be critically important that you do so.  So yes, you have to attend your disability hearing.

Remember that the disability hearing gives you face to face interaction with key persons who will decide the fate of your case. The administrative law judge (ALJ) assigned to your case will be able to ask you questions and hear your side of the story.  You will be able to provide evidence about your eligibility for benefits, and will be able to tell the judge in your own words why you believe that you qualify for disability benefits. You can present your account of your condition to your judge, and persuade him or her about the severity of the symptoms which restrict your ability to work.

In some cases, the judge will be able to see firsthand that you indeed do suffer from the limitations that you have claimed in your appeal. For instance, if your claim is based on mobility problems, musculoskeletal problems, chronic fatigue, or other problems that are easily apparent, the hearing will give the judge a chance to see how your condition limits your ability to perform substantial gainful activity and earn a living. If you stay home and are absent from the hearing, you are depriving the ALJ of the opportunity to take notice of how the symptoms affect you. This could be crucial to the success of your claim.

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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.


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.