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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Researchers claim to have developed a tool that could, in the future, help create specific cells to reverse deafness or hearing loss.  The dramatic breakthrough could in the future mean the elimination of a major problem in the fight to discover a tool to reverse deafness.

Hearing loss is a problem for many Americans, and a major factor in disability claims.  It is estimated that as many as 9% of Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 suffer from some degree of hearing loss. The percentage increases to 25% among persons between the age of 65 and 74.

The most common cause of hearing loss is the death of hair cells.  These cells do not reproduce, and they are generated at the embryo stage. As a result, scientists have struggled with replicating these cells in order to circumvent or reverse hearing loss.  However, researchers recently discovered a master gene that could help them create these specific cells. According to the scientists, this is a major breakthrough because the master gene will help them create the specific inner or outer cells needed to reverse deafness.

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For years, we have been warned about Social Security Disability Insurance claim numbers ballooning out of proportion.  However, as recent data, shows disability insurance claim filings are actually on the decline, and have been so for several years.

The number of Social Security disability insurance claims filed in recent years reached their peak in 2014. This peak occurred because of two causes.  The federal government expanded the definition of “disability” which resulted in more individuals being covered under the program and becoming eligible for benefits under the program.  Second, as the baby boomer population aged, a natural and much anticipated number filed for disability.

However, since 2014, those numbers have started dropping significantly. Workplaces, for instance, are much safer than they used to be which has meant fewer accidents and occupational hazards that cause workers to become ill, injured and unable to work.  Access to healthcare has improved with the Affordable Care Act which has allowed many to obtain preventative care and rehabilitative care therebu reducing the incidents of disabilty.  Finally, our economy has moved away from physically demanding jobs as may manufacturing jobs have moved overseas.

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Arthritis is one of the most commonly-cited causes of Social Security disability claims in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 58 million Americans suffer from arthritis.

More than 23 million American arthritis sufferers above the age of 18 suffer from some physical limitations as a result of their condition. In Georgia, between 32% and 39% of adults with arthritis also report physical limitations that make it difficult for them to go to work.

Joint pain remains one of the most common symptoms of arthritis.  This makes it difficult for a person to perform physical work. In some cases, the pain can be severe enough to prevent the person from performing even routine physical tasks.  In the state of Georgia between 30% and 34% of adults with arthritis also report joint pain.

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This May, the American Heart Association and several other organisations are drawing attention to the disabling impacts of a stroke during National Stroke Awareness Month.

Strokes generally tend to affect older people, but persons of any age can suffer a stroke.  The impact of the stroke may be much higher when the patient is an elderly person. A stroke can result in severe consequences that make it difficult for a person to lead a normal life.  For instance, when the stroke has affected the right side, the impact also includes loss of speech and communication impediments.  There may be weakness in the hands and upper extremities. This makes it difficult for the affected person to lift his arm or to grasp objects.  Needless to say, the inability to perform these actions can mean an inability to perform many manual tasks.

Weakness in the legs or paralysis in the lower extremities could also mean that the person is unable to walk or ambulate without an assistive device.  Swallowing is another function that can be affected by a stroke.  This can directly affect a person’s health because it makes it difficult to swallow his food.  Swallowing impairments cause malnutrition, severe weight loss and extreme fatigue.  Failure to maintain bladder control is another distressing side effect of a stroke that can impair the person’s ability to lead a normal life, including his ability to work and earn a living.

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Social Security Administration offices in Georgia and around the country are opening after being closed for more than two years, and the challenges involved are already becoming clear.   Lawmakers are now calling for hearings that will discuss the way forward as offices open and strategies to resolve the many struggles and challenges that lie ahead.

Republican leaders including Ways and Means Committee leader Kevin Brady, (R -Texas), and Tom Reed (R-New York) who heads the Subcommittee on Social Security recently wrote to Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts) asking him to hold a hearing on ways to meet these challenges.

In March 2020, Social Security offices around the country closed down in response to the pandemic and remained closed until last month. Most activities of the Social Security Administration moved online or were conducted via phone. That has meant interminable wait times as many Social Security activities including the processing of disability applications were delayed.  These delays have meant financial struggles for many disability applicants who have been waiting for more than a year now to get their applications processed and approved.  The Social Security Administration phone lines have also been clogged, and applicants have reported wait times of several minutes before they can speak to an officer.  In many cases, callers have been unable to reach an office representative at all.

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The Social Security Administration announced a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of 5.9 % for disability beneficiaries in 2022.  It was the highest COLA increase in years, taking into consideration inflation and the increase in the cost of basic goods and services. However, all signs are that the increase hasn’t helped disability beneficiaries keep up with the soaring costs of living.

For many Social Security disability beneficiaries, especially those in poor socioeconomic conditions, these monthly disability benefits checks are their only source of income.  Disability beneficiaries are not able to work and earn any other income.  This group of people relies solely on benefits to manage their living expenses and they stand to be hurt the most by the rising cost of living.

The average 2022 benefits increase is about $76. According to many disability advocates, once expenses like Medicare are removed, the final amount left is meager.

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Millions of Americans who are dependent on insulin treatment for their diabetes will benefit if a new bill capping the cost of insulin, which recently passed the House, also succeeds in the Senate.

The United States House of Representatives passed the Affordable Insulin Now Act this month. Twelve Republicans broke party lines to vote for the bill.  The bill caps the cost of insulin at $35 for people taking this life- saving medication. According to estimates, one in five Americans who have employer- provided health insurance and are on insulin treatment will benefit from this measure. The Kaiser Family Foundation says that the average American who suffers from diabetes and is dependent on insulin spends approximately 300 to 1,000 dollars every month on purchasing insulin.  Those costs will be significantly reduced.

Diabetics who suffer from Type 1 Diabetes are typically more likely to require insulin because the body, in this condition, produces little to none of this hormone. It is estimated that approximately 5 to 10 out of every 100 diabetic patients are insulin-dependent.

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Social Security Administration field offices across Georgia opened in April after a gap of more than 2 years.  If you are planning a visit to your nearest Social Security office, here is what you need to keep in mind.

Most Social Security offices are likely to be swamped in the first few weeks and months after the opening. The crush is likely to be even more severe in states like Georgia that have massive backlogs of Social Security claims. While most Social Security Administration activities were delayed as a result of the transition to online and phone services during the pandemic, the impact on claims filed under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs has been especially severe.  The pipeline has been clogged and thousands of claims remain yet to be processed. That translates into large wait times at these offices.

Know that you will probably also have long wait times as you wait for appointments via phone.  Social Security Administration phone lines also have been clogged during the pandemic, and now that offices have opened, that problem is likely to become even worse, as thousands of potential beneficiaries call the agency’s hotline numbers. Applicants have been complaining about being placed on hold for several minutes with no contact with any officer.

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Oral cancer is an umbrella term that covers cancers that affect the lips, mouth, salivary glands or throat. As many as half a million people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Symptoms may be sores in the mouth that do not heal, difficulty or pain while swallowing, bleeding in the mouth, unexplained white patches on the lips, and an unexplained growth on the gums or lips. Any of these symptoms must be referred to a doctor immediately.

Oral cancer does not receive as much attention as many other types of cancers, but it can be fatal.  It can also, depending on the severity of your symptoms, make it very difficult for you to work at your current job or work at any kind of job at all.

The Social Security Administration includes head and neck cancers and salivary cancers in a list of conditions that are eligible for expedited processing of claims. The Compassionate Allowances program allows for faster processing of claims for certain conditions that are likely to worsen quickly or which are chronic. Several types of oral cancers fall under this category.

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness month.  Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder with a variety of motor function impairment symptoms such as tremors, rigidity and mobility problems.  Other symptoms may be apathy, depression, sleep problems, loss of smell and cognitive impairment.  There is no known cure and treatment options vary.

Advancements in medical technologies have improved in medications to delay the worsening of symptoms. Doctors have also experimented with surgeries that can control erratic brain impulses. Surgeries, like deep brain stimulation, for instance, involve the placing of electrodes to block the abnormal brain activity that is responsible for generating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Most Parkinson’s disease sufferers will be above the age of 60, but in recent years, medical scientists have confirmed that Parkinson’s disease can strike at any age.  Young persons are not immune to the disease.

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