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SSA Compassionate Allowances Program

April 28, 2015

One of the biggest drawbacks of the Social Security benefits system is the amount of time that it takes for the typical claim to be processed. It could take months for your claim to be processed, which is one of the reasons why taking action sooner than later is so important. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it possible for some persons who suffer from very serious conditions and illnesses to qualify for expedited claims approvals.

The Compassionate Allowances Program allows disabled Americans who apply for disability benefits to get their claims approved much quicker. The Compassionate Allowances Program is specifically designed for persons who suffer from illnesses that are so severe that it is very obvious that they would qualify for benefits under the Social Security disability program. Therefore, the agency simply approves these processes, and grants applicants benefits without the long delay that often accompanies the normal process.

How long does it take to get claims approved under the Compassionate Allowances Program?

If you have applied under the Compassionate Allowances Program, and if your condition is on the listing for this program, then you will probably get your disability benefits approved within 10 days from the date of filing the application. The SSA has an exhaustive list of diseases and conditions that qualify for fast-track approval under the Compassionate Allowances Program.

Even if you believe that your condition meets a listing provided by the Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowances Program, it is still helpful to work with an experienced disability attorney. This can ensure that your paperwork and application is submitted correctly and that you have the best chance to receive your benefits.

How to Qualify for Disability Benefits for Kidney Problems

April 9, 2015

If you have kidney problems, you may qualify for disability benefits depending on the severity of your condition. For instance, if you suffer from kidney failure that has left you physically incapable of performing many activities, then you may qualify for benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists End-Stage Renal Disease as a condition that is eligible for benefits in its listing of impairments.

End-stage renal disease is a condition in which the kidneys are no longer able to perform even normal, basic day-to-day functioning. Overall, persons who suffer from this condition feel very fatigued and ill, and may suffer from severe weight loss. There may be numbness in the extremities, pain in the bones, drowsiness, disorientation and confusion, and the person may bruise easily.

Generally, a person who has reached this stage is not able to work, and there is a higher likelihood of a successful claim for Social Security disability benefits. It is still very important to keep all documentation including all of test results, lab work, etc. Dialysis can also be a factor with heavy influence on the benefits claim.
If you have undergone a kidney transplant, the SSA will consider a number of factors, including how your body reacts to the organ, and other aspects before deciding your claim.

Additionally, if you suffer from kidney failure, you may be eligible for the SSA's Compassionate Allowances Program, which provides a process for claims to be processed much quicker, and often times within a few weeks.
Speak to a Social Security disability benefits lawyer in Atlanta about how to file a claim when you suffer from End-Stage Renal Disease or kidney failure.

Filing a Disability Benefits Claim for Multiple Sclerosis

April 2, 2015

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune inflammatory condition, which can affect the brain, spine, and nervous system. There are a wide range of symptoms that are associated with MS, and the condition itself has several degrees of severity. Therefore, qualifying for social security disability benefits for MS can be challenging.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) typically requires that a claimant must have suffered from the condition for a period of 12 months, or the condition is expected to last for at least 12 months before approving benefit payments. That, however, can be challenging in the case of Multiple Sclerosis because the symptoms tend to recur at inconsistent intervals.

For example, in the early stages of the condition, a person may suffer from a variety of symptoms, including numbness or changes in sensation in the hands and legs, swallowing problems, tremors, muscle fatigue, weakness, bowel and bladder management problems, difficulties in concentration, memory loss, blurred vision, sudden reflexes and muscular spasms. A person is said to be in "remission" during times when they are not experiencing symptoms.

All of these factors contribute to the difficulty with obtaining social security disability benefits for Multiple Sclerosis. Our disability law firm always encourages clients to start the benefits application process as soon as possible once the symptoms appear or a diagnosis of MS has been made. That way, you can properly document your condition and medical treatment, which are two factors that play a significant role in the disability benefits determination.

Increased Yogurt Consumption Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk

March 26, 2015

Dairy products get a lot of bad press, but yogurt could actually have more than a few health benefits. According to new research, increasing your intake of yogurt could actually lower your risk of developing Type II Diabetes.

Researchers recently called for more clinical trials on the effect of increased intake of yogurt on diabetes prevention. Those calls were linked to findings that seem to suggest a lower risk of Type II Diabetes after increasing consumption of yogurt. The study was published in the journal BMC Medicine and was based on an analysis of data from three different studies.

About 95% of diabetes cases in the United States involve Type II Diabetes. Diabetes is one of the conditions that could qualify you for Social Security disability benefits. However, a diagnosis by itself does not make you eligible to receive disability payments from the government. You must prove that your condition has resulted in symptoms that make it difficult for you to work. For instance, complications from diabetes can include renal failure, kidney damage, kidney function eye problems, and blindness. Additionally, these conditions must have lasted for 12 months, or must be expected to last for at least 12 months for you to be eligible for benefits.

Researchers Look at Stem Cell Transplants for Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

March 22, 2015
Patients who suffer from the debilitating condition multiple sclerosis (MS) may have new hope for treatment. Researchers have announced findings from a small clinical trial, which indicated significant benefits from the use of a patient's own stem cells. As part of the trial, patients were given a transplant of hematopoietic stem cells from their own bodies. According to researchers, patients experienced disease remission after the transplant. These particular types of stem cells are involved in the formation of blood, and are sourced from bone marrow. As part of the trial, patients were also given high-dose immunosuppressive medications. The study's findings were published recently in JAMA Neurology, and focused on an evaluation of 24 patients who suffered from MS. They suffered from a type of multiple sclerosis called active relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, in which the patients have certain phases in which the condition is very active, followed by certain phases in which they do not experience any symptoms at all. Researchers found that an overwhelming majority of patients, close to 80%, who underwent stem cell transplants regained complete neurologic function, and continued to retain it for three years after treatment. They also found that patients did not see any aggravation of their symptoms after the stem cell transplant. They also did not see the development of any new lesions after the procedure. In more than 90% of the cases, there was no progression of the disease, and in 86% of the cases, there were no more periods of relapse. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does consider MS to be a disability that qualifies for benefits, but that doesn't automatically qualify you for an approved claim. Speak to an Atlanta Social Security disability attorney about the criteria that your condition must meet for you to be eligible for benefits.

Diabetes Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline: Will I Qualify for Disability Benefits?

February 28, 2015

According to new research in the Annals of Internal Medicine Journal, people who are unable to control their diabetes are much more likely to experience a faster rate of cognitive decline. This would include the onset of symptoms such as poor memory, poor word recall, and impaired functioning. According to the recent study, approximately 19% of the participants who were analyzed were found to experience such symptoms. In fact, researchers found that these participants experienced cognitive decline five years earlier than people who did not suffer from diabetes.

Cognitive decline can be extremely difficult for an individual, and it is often associated with dementia. A large number of studies now link diabetes to dementia. For example, one study found that people who suffer from Type II diabetes have a higher risk of suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Controlling diabetes is critical, and studies continue to point to the serious long-term health consequences of failure to control blood sugar levels.

Persons with diabetes who want to apply for Social Security disability benefits must prove that their condition prevents them from performing activities in the work environment. If follows that not everybody who suffers from diabetes automatically qualifies for benefits. If your diabetes is under control and does not impair your ability to live a normal life, it is highly unlikely that you will receive benefits. However, if you have limitations with bending, standing, sitting for long periods of time, you may be entitled to disability payments. In addition, the existence of complications such as renal failure and impaired vision may also help an applicant quality for social security disability benefits.

Drug Studies Show Hope for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

February 11, 2015

Researchers working on a treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have reported progress. According to the teams from New York's Rockefeller University and the University of California-Riverside, they have both used Indazole Chloride to successfully reverse the symptoms of MS. The studies were conducted in mice, and they found that the drug triggered regeneration of the protective coating of the nerve, or myelin sheath, that is typically destroyed when MS sets in.

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition in which a person may suffer from a steady and progressive breakdown of the nervous system, including the senses of hearing and vision, and motor control. As the disease progresses, the person may suffer from problems walking, difficulty with coordination, numb sensations in the arms or legs, muscular weakness, vision problems, hearing loss, loss of balance, and speech problems. Often times, a person with MS may suffer from complete and permanent paralysis.

MS is a disease that affects the body's immune system and it's estimated that, in the United States alone. more than 40,000 people suffer this debilitating disease.

Multiple Sclerosis and Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) specifically lists Multiple Sclerosis in its listing of impairments that qualify for disability benefits. However, not all patients who suffer from this condition are eligible for benefits. Your multiple sclerosis symptoms must meet certain criteria for you to qualify for Social Security payments. You must suffer from a severe deterioration in your vision, have difficulty walking or using your hands, suffer partial paralysis of your limbs, have severe muscle fatigue or weakness, suffer from memory loss, or battle nerve disturbances that affect your ability to work.

New Approaches to the Treatment of Schizophrenia Focus on Eliminating Distractions

November 19, 2014

Schizophrenia is a severe and disabling medical disorder that can cause delusions and hallucinations. Persons who suffer from this condition often find it very difficult to have a coherent conversation because of mental distractions. New medical approaches to the treatment of this serious condition are focusing on eliminating distractions in a person's mind that prevent him or her from thinking clearly.

Many persons with schizophrenia find it difficult to stay on topic, because their minds frequently jump from issue to issue. Researchers currently working on treatments for schizophrenia have focused less on eliminating delusions, and more on helping patients think clearly. One of the techniques being implemented is the use of pharmaceutical drugs that improve memory and enhance brain performance. A number of pharmaceutical companies are currently dedicating resources to developing these medications, but success has been slow. Therefore, some clinicians have begun using exercise and fish oil pills that are believed to be good for the brain.

In other clinics, doctors are recommending special computer games that are designed to train schizophrenics to simply tune out distractions in their mind, and focus on performing simple instructions. These doctors believe that antipsychotic drugs can only do so much to help deal with the distractions in the person's mind. They do not believe that video games will completely replace antipsychotic drugs, but they do believe that helping these patients tune out such distractions can help provide them a better quality of life.

If you suffer from schizophrenia, you may be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security program, but it's important to have a dedicated lawyer working on your behalf.

Regular Exercise Helps Relieve ADHD Symptoms

November 14, 2014

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who participate in regular exercise may see enhanced memory, cognitive skills and mental preparedness as a result.

According to research recently published in The Journal of Pediatrics children who took part in regular physical activity or exercise showed much greater improvements in cognitive performance than children who did not. According to researchers, the findings support a growing movement to increase physical activity among children who suffer from ADHD.

Physical exercise and activities are good for all children and adults, but are often highly recommended for children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In fact, researchers found that certain activities may help ADHD sufferers resist distraction, and increase memory and cognitive proficiency. In the study, children were able to switch from task to task much more easily after they had engaged in physical exercise.

In fact, physical activity seems to benefit children with ADHD more than children who don't suffer from the condition. Another study found that exercise and physical activity programs helped children improve their math and reading test scores, especially children who suffered from ADHD.

Children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may be eligible for benefits under the Social Security disability program, but there are complex issues involved in the filing and determination processes. Contact an experienced disability attorney for help with your benefits request.

Brain Injuries May Affect Girls Differently Than Boys

October 27, 2014

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the impairments that is listed in the Social Security Administration (SSA) impairments listing, which categorizes illnesses that are eligible for disability benefits.

A new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that girls may have different responses to traumatic brain injuries, compared to males. According to the study, teenage girls who suffered a concussion, or a mild traumatic brain injury, are much more likely to suffer difficulties such as psychological issues, suicidal thoughts, smoking, and being the victims of bullying.

Those are interesting study results, because traumatic brain injuries typically affect more numbers of boys than girls. Approximately 2.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury that is serious enough to require a visit to an emergency room, and those injuries are much more common among males. However, girls are likely to suffer injuries in bicycle accidents, while playing sports, and during cheerleading.

Any type of head injury is very serious, and symptoms and complications can linger or appear long after the initial event which caused the injury. Please seek medical help as soon after an injury to the skull as possible.

Colostomy and Social Security Disability Benefits

October 24, 2014

Colostomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to treat numerous gastrointestinal conditions and injuries, as well as certain types of cancer. During this procedure, one end of the large intestine is brought out through the abdominal wall. Stools are emptied into a bag that is attached to the abdomen.

Sometimes referred to as bowel diversion therapy, colostomies are typically performed when the person is suffering from problems with the lower bowel. Permanent colostomies are very often performed in the case of colon cancer. Colostomy may also be performed when a person suffers from ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, colonic polyps, irritable bowel syndrome, and colorectal cancer.

If you have suffered from any of these conditions, and have undergone a colostomy, it's recommended that you discuss a potential claim for disability benefits with a Social Security lawyer in Atlanta. The Social Security Administration will consider whether you are unable to work and earn a living as a result of your condition. For instance, if you are unable to lift heavy objects as a result of the surgery, and this condition is likely to be permanent, the SSA may rule that you are unable to go back to a job which did involve lifting heavy objects.

Generally, disability benefits will depend on how the colostomy and wearing a colostomy bag affects your quality of life and ability to work. Medical records and nature of a person's job will be key factors in any determination of payments.

Higher Hospitalization Rates for Lupus Interfere with Ability to Work

September 15, 2014

When patients with lupus are admitted into a hospital for treatment of their symptoms, they may have a much higher risk of being readmitted back into the hospital within 30 days after discharge. According to a new study, as many as one in six hospitalized patients with lupus require a readmission.

One factor that contributes to the high readmission rates is the severity of the symptoms. However, there may be other factors involved. According to researchers, it is possible to reduce the risk of a readmission after hospitalization by planning the patient's discharge better, and by addressing differences in post-discharge treatment.

Patients who suffer from lupus very often find themselves needing hospitalization. This is a condition in which the human body faces an attack by the immune system. Lupus is one of those medical conditions about which much remains unknown, which in turn makes treatment options challenging. This much is known about Lupus, however; there are genetic factors that can increase the likelihood of developing the condition.

Most treatments for Lupus involve drugs that help suppress the immune system. However, as can be expected when you try to suppress the immune system, there are a number of side effects involved, and many of them can have devastating consequences. People from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely to suffer from the condition, which indicates that environmental and psychosocial factors are also at work here.

Persons who suffer from lupus may be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits. This is one of the conditions that are included in the Social Security Administration's listing of impairments that are eligible for disability benefits. However, your lupus must be sufficiently severe for you to qualify for benefits.

Seniors Facing Inconvenience with Increased Social Security Office Closures

August 21, 2014

Baby boomers may be most in need of Social Security payments. However, seniors are likely to find it more and more difficult to apply for disability benefits, or appeal rejected disability claims, because many Social Security offices around the country are facing closure.

The Social Security Administration blames budget crunches and shortage of resources for this increased number of closures. The agency has been closing down a record number of offices. As a result, more and more seniors are being forced to go online to get help for their Social Security benefits claims, instead of walking into an office.

Since 2010, the Social Security Administration has closed down 64 field offices across the country. That is the largest number of such office closures over a five-year period in the agency's history. The agency has also decided to close down 533 temporary mobile offices that were specifically situated to serve claimants in remote areas.

There are only approximately 1,235 field offices that are still open, but in many of them, hours have been reduced, so that the agency can continue to maintain these offices while maintaining control over its finances.

A congressional report criticizes the agency's position, and specifically calls into question the criteria for making the decision to close down field offices. It recognizes that these closures have the hardest impact on seniors because less are likely to use online services.

Stroke Risks Among Younger Persons Increasing

December 9, 2013

According to a new study, younger persons are at an increasingly higher risk of suffering a stroke.

The research was recently conducted by researchers at the Loyola University Medical Center, and the findings have been reported in the American Academy of Neurology. According to the study, approximately 15% of the most common types of strokes in the United States now occur in young adults. Even more worrying is the fact that many young people who were not considered a high-risk category for strokes earlier are now showing risk factors for such strokes.

Approximately 85% of all strokes reported in the United States every year are ischemic strokes, caused by a block of blood flow to the brain. The number of young people who now show risk factors for ischemic strokes has increased, including diabetes, obesity, hypertension or high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. In addition, younger persons often times engage in unhealthy activities such as smoking, which can also increase the risk.

The physical impact of stroke can be devastating. But the financial costs are frequently just as challenging, especially when they affect a younger person. This is partly the result of young workers being in their prime earning years, and also because they are more likely to have dependents who rely on them for necessary living expenses.

Regardless of their age, if you have a loved one that is unable to work due to a medical condition, contact our office today at (404) 255-9838. We can help them take the next best step to receiving social security disability benefits.

Patients Push for Recognition of Trigeminal Neuralgia

November 25, 2013

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 12 out of every 100,000 people suffer from a debilitating pain condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). These victims' frustration is compounded by two additional problems. First, many doctors have a difficult time understanding and diagnosing the condition because of its rarity. Second, TN is not recognized as a condition for which social security disability benefits are available.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition in which a person suffers from a type of shooting or stabbing pain sensation in the face. It's believed that the pain is caused by the Trigeminal Nerve, a nerve responsible for carrying sensation from the brain to the face. Little is known about what causes of the disorder, but it can lead to severely debilitating pain. Even small stimuli, such as a slight breeze, can trigger a flash of pain. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the condition.

Currently, Trigeminal Neuralgia is not mentioned as a condition eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, but this could change as awareness grows among the medical profession and government agencies that make disability laws. The most important thing to do when facing a disability that prevents you from working is make certain you receive the best available medical care. Next, talk with an attorney familiar with disability benefits law. This is a field that changes constantly. Just because benefits may not have been available previously doesn't mean they won't be in the future.