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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Between Black women and white women, there exists a strong racial disparity in the prognosis for breast cancer. Black women who suffer from breast cancer have worse outcomes compared to white women who suffer from the disease. Those disparities have been reduced over the past few years, thanks to greater awareness and other factors, but the gap continues.

A recent study tracked breast cancer survival rates among white, Black and Hispanic women. Overall, the study found that there was a drop in the number of deaths from the disease recorded across all groups. The improvement was the highest among Black and Hispanic women.

Over a period of time, there has been a narrowing of the gap in breast cancer survival outcomes. For instance, there is now almost no disparity in the breast cancer prognosis between white women and Hispanic women. However, Black women continue to suffer from higher death risks after their breast cancer diagnoses.  In that case, the death rate was approximately twice as high as that for white women.

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Increased drinking among Americans during the pandemic may be causing a rise in alcohol – related liver disease of succient severity to require hospitalizations.

General stress during the pandemic compounded by factors such as joblessness, depression, and uncertainty has left many Americans reaching for yet another glass of wine. For most people, alcoholism has crept in slowly and unchecked. Contrary to what most people believe, you do not need to drink heavy amounts of alcohol for long periods of time in order to suffer liver damage.  Even heavy drinking for just a few months can cause enough damage to the liver to result in serious symptoms that require hospitalization.

Hospitals across the country are reporting an increase in the number of alcohol – related liver disease cases. At Johns Hopkins, researchers found that 41 percent of the liver disease cases that were referred to the facility were related to alcohol use, compared to 30% the previous year. Similar statistics are being reported from facilities across the country.  At some hospitals, there has been a 30% increase in liver damage cases.

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Sarcomas are relatively rare types of cancers that occur in the connective tissue of the body. The condition may qualify a person for disability benefits.  Some types of sarcoma may qualify for faster approval of disability benefits.

These kinds of cancers are seen in the skeletal system, bones, muscles or blood vessels. Sarcomas are divided into two types- soft tissue sarcoma and bone or osteosarcoma.  Soft tissue sarcoma may manifest as swellings or lumps. There may be no pain initially. Bone sarcoma, on the other hand, may initially manifest in the form of pain in the limbs or the legs, or even swelling. The pain may be severe enough to cause a limp if the sarcoma is located in the leg bone.

A range of treatments may be used to treat sarcoma.  Typically, surgery is required, but there may be other types of therapies also used to treat the cancer.  In cases where surgery is not deemed necessary, or deemed impossible, radiation may be used to reduce the size of the tumor.

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The Biden administration is proposing a hefty 10% increase in funding to the Social Security Administration.  This is good news for disability beneficiaries and applicants.

The announcement is part of the White House budget proposal for 2022, and factors in a $1.3 billion increase in funding to the cash- strapped agency. Additional funding will help the agency to return to its pre-pandemic processing and approval timelines.

For disability beneficiaries, the months since the pandemic began have been challenging. The agency closed field offices across the country, and Georgia was no exception. Benefits claims processing has been delayed by weeks and months in many cases, and approvals have been slow in coming.

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Early screening can help diagnose cervical cancer.  With early intervention, cervical cancer can be prevented or treated in its earliest stages.  The Pap test and teh HPV tests are early indicators of  cervical cancer.  However, for many women, the costs of screening tests are too high.

In a recent study, as many as 71% of women reported that the high cost of screening was the biggest reason for their failure to get tested. Another common cause for failure to get screening was the high cost of follow- ups and treatments. As many as 44% cited high costs of treatment as the reason they did not get screening.

Women from lower socioeconomic groups were much less likely to have the kind of insurance that covered cervical cancer screening. Low- income women, according to the researchers, are specifically in need of more insurance options that allow them to get screening earlier. The researchers also recommend expanding free screening programs.  Sixty-four percent of women with no insurance received testing for cervical cancer.  Among women with government insurance, the rate was 78%.  Insurance status seems to play a huge role in whether a woman has access to cervical cancer screening. Actual, out -of -pocket costs may be too heavy for some women to bear, which encourages them to postpone or delay their screening.

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July is Disability Pride Month.  Disability has been called the silent “D” in diversity.  By promoting disability pride, this community seeks to highlight positive aspects and influence  mainstream perceptions of being disabled.  In this way, others may change the way they think about or define disability.  Also, the community seeks to end the stigma of disability.

The creation of Disability Pride Month coincided with the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1991. That law continues to protect Americans from discrimination based on their disability. Disability Pride Month honors persons who live with various disabilities, and to celebrate disability as part of human diversity.

Negative perceptions of disabled individuals arise due to misinformation or misunderstanding that people with disabilities are not equal or valued members of society.  Part of being an ally would include being yourself with a disabled person; avoiding awkward jokes and respecting their space and privacy in public (i.e., not staring).  Disability Pride Month celebrates those with disabilities and their unique gifts to all communities.  Disability Pride Month is an opportunity for disabled persons to declare their inherent self-worth.

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The week from June 27 to July 3, 2021, is being commemorated as Helen Keller Deafblind Awareness Week.

This year, the Week is celebrating the achievements of persons who suffer from deafblindness, and the way in which they are changing the perceptions of people with such disabilities in the workforce. The Helen Keller National Centre for Deafblind Youths and Adults is commemorating the week under the theme Deaf Blind Employees can Help Businesses Grow with Unique Insights and Perspectives.

To support persons who suffer from deafblindness – a condition that results in little to zero vision and hearing –   in your community, ask your local legislator to mark the days between June 27 and July 3 as Helen Keller Deafblind Awareness Week.  If there are people in your community who suffer from deafblindness and are employed in any capacity, you can ask your local newspaper to feature these persons. Employers of deafblind persons can also be featured in order to encourage more businesses to hire persons with deafblindness.

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Far too many cancer patients struggle with meeting the many medical expenses associated with their condition.  This struggle often leads to delaying their treatment. For many patients, Social Security disability benefits are a way to meet some of these financial challenges.

An analysis of more than 5,400 patients suffering from cancer found that 10% of them admitted to being unable to afford medical expenses and, therefore, put off getting medical treatments. In most cases, patients admitted to being unable to afford costs like deductibles and co-pays. Other patients admitted that they delayed treatment because they found it difficult to take time off work or because they were nervous about costs.  Delays in medical treatment can have devastating consequences for a person suffering from cancer.

The researchers say that such delays in treatment are even more common among certain sections of the population. For instance, women, African-Americans and people belonging to lower socioeconomic groups are much more likely to delay treatment for these reasons. Cancer patients who live in rural areas may also be more likely to delay treatment due to financial or accessibility reasons.

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Two new bills that have recently been introduced in Congress plan to expand accessibility to telehealth, making this a permanent feature. If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary, who also currently accesses Medicare, your accessibility to telehealth will likely continue, and possibly even become permanent.

The use of telehealth has boomed during the pandemic, and was a boon for so many disability beneficiaries last year.  For many, telehealth was the only way they could connect with their healthcare providers, and access the medical treatment they needed for their conditions.  Many beneficiaries have been concerned about their access to such convenient healthcare services as we emerge from the pandemic.

Two new bills have recently been introduced – one in the US Senate and the other in the House – and both of them are focused on making telehealth a permanent option for beneficiaries of both Medicare and Medicaid.

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June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, and the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America wants you to learn more about this neuromuscular condition that affects so many Americans.

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular condition that primarily affects the muscles, and is characterised by weakness or fatigue of the muscles. Symptoms of myasthenia gravis are most severe in adults, but symptoms can begin at any age. There are several types of myasthenia gravis, primarily depending on the area of the body that they affect.  For instance, ocular myasthenia gravis primarily affects the muscles that are responsible for controlling the movement of the eyes, the area around the eyes and eyelids.  When these muscles become weak as a result of the condition, the person may suffer from drooping eyelids, double vision or other problems. Ocular myasthenia gravis affects as many as 15% of persons diagnosed with this condition.

Another form of the condition is general myasthenia gravis, characterized by symptoms across the body. These may include not just double vision and drooping eyelids, but also breathing difficulties, severe muscular fatigue after performing an activity, muscular weakness, problems in swallowing, and other problems.

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