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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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. More than 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis.  Did you know that there are several dozen different types of arthritis?

Here are some more common, but surprising, facts about arthritis:

  1. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, which are the most common arthritic conditions.
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Most people who think of asthma think of this as a childhood condition that results in occasional wheezing.  However, for many patients, asthma continues well into adulthood, and can severely impact their ability to lead normal lives.

As many as one in 13 people in the country suffer from asthma. This is one of the more common respiratory conditions in the United States.  Males, for instance, are much more likely to suffer from asthma compared to females.  Minorities, especially African Americans, are more likely to be asthma patients than white Americans.

Common symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, chronic cough and wheezing.  These symptoms can make it impossible for persons to participate in exerting activities. Playing sports, for instance, may be on the “to-avoid” list. This condition may also affect your ability to work. You may require frequent hospitalization, which makes it difficult to have continuous employment.

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Long Covid, the baffling condition in which Covid survivors continue to suffer the effects of the virus in their immune system for months after the initial viral infection, is still not well understood.

More than a year after the start of the pandemic, we are still trying to understand the long – term repercussions of the disease on patients.  Some things are becoming clearer, however. You need not have been hospitalized with Covid for you to suffer from the long – term effects of the disease. Even people who recovered from Covid in their own homes report these effects.

Symptoms of long Covid can range from crushing fatigue, shortness of breath at rest and on exertion, heart failure and even organ damage. Many Covid long-haulers have been unable to go back to their normal lives and jobs after their recovery.

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Persons who suffer from cystic fibrosis often suffer from depleted vitamin D levels.  To correct this, they take supplements.  However, common prescription errors can lead to vitamin D toxicity in these patients.

Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary condition that primarily results in the accumulation of mucus in the lungs, leading to obstructed functioning of the lungs. The condition can also affect the digestive system and interfere with the functioning of the pancreas. Disrupted pancreatic functioning can lead to a disruption in the release of appropriate amounts of digestive enzymes. This can cause a number of problems that are peculiar to indigestion, including malnutrition and loss of weight.

In order to ensure good digestion, cystic fibrosis patients are often prescribed supplements of vitamin D to assist digestive functions. However, a recent study found that pharmacy errors can cause vitamin D intoxication in patients with cystic fibrosis.  While these patients require vitamin D supplements, there are definite problems that arise when supplements are ingested in excess.

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Huntington’s disease is an incurable genetic condition that can lead to serious mental disability. Finding a cure for this condition has been a focus for researchers, but recently those efforts met with devastating failure.

Pharmaceutical companies Roche and Wave Life Sciences in Massachusetts have announced a halt to the clinical trials that they were undertaking for new treatments for Huntington’s disease.  The treatments focused on the effect of antisense oligonucleotides, and promised game-changing therapies for Huntington’s disease. These were supposed to be gene – targeting treatments for the disease, and much expectation built up around the research by Roche and Wave Life Sciences.

Huntington’s disease is a degenerative brain disease that is genetic in nature and causes significant damage to the brain cells. The condition results in a marked decline in the patient’s physical and mental abilities.  Smptoms typically show up during the individual’s peak productive age, between the ages of 30 and 50.  This means that the condition results in severe financial stress for the patient and the family. Even younger adults and young children have been known to suffer from Huntington’s disease.

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Persons who suffer from personality traits that are specifically linked to neuroticism, may be at a higher risk of suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

According to the results of a recent study, individuals who exhibit characteristics closer to neuroticism on the personality scale, show higher levels of negative emotional states, and this could be place them at a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease. Neuroticism is one of the big 5 personality traits. Individuals, who score highly on this personality trait, are typically more susceptible to irritability, and mood swings.  They may be much more likely to worry or stress over problems and are much more likely, therefore, to feel the negative impact of stress.

Neuroticism has already been linked to a number of other conditions,  including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  It also places an individual at a higher risk of depression.  A new study finds that people who display characteristics of neuroticism, are as much as 80% more likely to suffer from Parkinson’s disease, compared to those who rank lower on the neuroticism scale. The risk continued to remain higher even after the researchers accounted for a number of other factors that could possibly affect the results, including the person’s medical history, age and smoking habits.

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New federal legislation from December 2020 provides great relief for patients who suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The law waives off the 5 -month mandatory waiting period for persons to begin receiving Social Security disability benefits.

Strongly supported by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a number of other groups, the bill eliminates the mandatory waiting period for recipients to begin receiving Social Security disability benefits. According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the group is hopeful that this law will pave the way for similar such waivers and concessions granted to persons who suffer from other types of neuromuscular conditions.

In most cases, a person who suffers from ALS dies between 2 to 5 years after being diagnosed with the disease. However, in some cases, patients may live for as long as 10 years after the onset of symptoms. Supporters of the bill argued that it was too much to expect a person suffering from ALS to wait a further 5 months to begin receiving benefits. In many cases, persons who suffer from ALS are already experiencing a worsening of their symptoms by the time their claim for disability benefits is approved.  By the time, a complete diagnosis of ALS is made, the person’s symptoms may have worsened, causing serious disability and inability to work.

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A new study finds that Gen-Xers and millennials are much more likely to suffer from physical and mental conditions that result in disability compared to previous generations at the same age.

According to the study, Gen-Xers and millennials fare poorly on a number of physical and mental health markers. Young people now seem to be in much worse shape, both physically and mentally than their parents and grandparents at the exact same age.  Researchers note that there has been a downhill slide in the health of young people over the past several years. This slide seems to have been especially higher among people born between 1965 and 1980, typically referred to as Gen-X, and millennials which refers to people born between 1980 and the mid -1990s.

In both of these generations of people, there have been marked declines in physical health, with higher levels of cholesterol and hypertension, and a much higher incidence of inflammatory conditions. People of these age groups are now much more likely to suffer from excess abdominal fat, a prominent marker for cardiovascular disease. One factor in the poorer health of younger generations in 2021, could be the higher levels of obesity among both Gen-Xers and millennials.

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Black Americans have a risk of suffering a stroke that is as much as four times higher than white Americans.

The new study finds that the risk of stroke increases significantly for Black Americans once they reach the age of 40. The primary cause of this is an increase in blood pressure or hypertension levels, which spike once black Americans cross the age of 40.  This increase in blood pressure puts them at a much higher risk of suffering a stroke.

According to the study, high blood pressure in Black Americans begins at a much earlier age, and lasts for a much longer duration.  These hypertension levels also tend to be much more severe in Black Americans compared to white Americans.

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Even during the best of times, the Social Security Administration faced challenges in its processing timelines.  SSA has always had a backlog causing delays in the approval of claims and delivering of payments to beneficiaries. However, that situation has become markedly worse since the pandemic.

According to an investigation, backlogs have increased since the pandemic struck the United States. Agency offices had to be shut down as shelter -in -place restrictions were implemented, and work was curtailed. That meant that thousands of cases went into freeze mode as workers at the Social Security Administration tried to figure out how work could be done with restrictions in place.

In addition to this, applicants faced delays in obtaining the medical and other documentation required to support their claim. The success of any Social Security disability benefits claim depends heavily on the strength of the documentation that is submitted to support the claim. A typical claim will require vast amounts of medical documentation to support the disability and the person’s inability to work at a full – time job. Doctor summaries of the condition, results of X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and other diagnostic tests, lab results, and analyses of the impairments that make it difficult for the person to work – all of these are critically important pieces of evidence in a Social Security disability claim. During the pandemic, it became that much harder for applicants to obtain this evidence with medical offices shut down across Georgia.

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