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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The Biden administration’s Build Back Better bill could soon be passed, albeit with several cuts and other changes that affect Social Security disability advocates.

On November 19th, the House passed the bill and sent it to the Senate for passage.  A bill hopefully will be passed before Christmas.  The massive plan, which will invest heavily in social spending for Americans,  means that a lot of investment on social spending, including disability benefits. The bad news is that the amount of funds that are allocated towards these programs has been reduced significantly. The original bill had allocated for more than $3 trillion to be spent on programs that benefit financially weaker Americans, people with disabilities, older citizens and more The new bill, however,  allocates only about $1.8 trillion for these programs.

However, disability advocates are hailing the allocation of a proposed $400 billion that will be spent on expanding the Home and Community Based Services program that delivers personal care to a disabled person’s home and community as well as other services that directly impact disabled Americans. Home-based services reduce the need for congregant care. Persons who have major physical and mental disabilities that make it challenging for them to receive congregant care can avail of support services that are delivered to them in their own homes. People with physical and mental disabilities, developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities who are also Medicaid beneficiaries who avail of these services would benefit from an expansion of the program.

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One of the country’s leading hospitals is currently working on an Alzheimer’s vaccine that may be deliverable in the form of a spray.

A team of researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has been working on a nasal spray vaccine that promises to not just slow the progression of symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in patients who have been diagnosed with the condition, but also possibly even prevent the disease. The team is soon set to start clinical trials of this vaccine. According to a statement by the Ann Romney Centre for Numerological Disease, the clinical trials will focus on whether the vaccine is effective in helping slow down the progression of symptoms in people who have been diagnosed with the condition. The trials will also help confirm if the vaccine can help prevent symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease developing in persons who are at risk of the condition.

The vaccine is based on an ingredient called Protollin, a substance that is currently used in vaccines. The substance serves to stimulate the brain and clear the beta amyloidal plaques that are linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The vaccine will be tested on persons between the ages of 60 and 85 who are currently experiencing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Diabetes is a disease that has several long – term health complications. A new study that focused on conversion of human stem cells into pancreatic cells promises path- breaking new approaches to diabetes treatment and care.

The study focused on the conversion of “human pluripotent stem cells” into pancreatic cells. The researchers found that when these converted cells were transplanted in mice, there was tremendous progress in the reduction of blood sugar and other symptoms of diabetes.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 34 million people live with diabetes in the United States. Only about 26 million are diagnosed with diabetes, and are being treated, while the remaining are undiagnosed cases of diabetes. Anyone can be at risk of diabetes, but certain risk factors may make you especially predisposed to this disease. Obesity is a major indicator for diabetes with more than 80 percent of diabetes sufferers also suffering from obesity. Other risk factors include a history of physical inactivity or excessive sedentary activity and a family history of diabetes. Persons with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol are also at a higher risk of suffering from diabetes.

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Middle- aged women who suffer from vision problems could end up experiencing symptoms of depression as a result of these problems.

According to a new study by the North American Menopause Society, when middle-aged women suffer from aging -related vision loss, their risks of suffering from depression significantly increases. The results of the study were published recently in Menopause, the Journal of the North American Menopause Society, and are significant because women already have a much higher risk of depression compared to men. In fact, middle- aged women have a prevalence of depression that is higher than the rate for all other age groups. The results of the study are significant because they indicate that vision problems, if left untreated in women of this age, can increase the risk of depressive symptoms.

Middle -aged women may suffer from a number of conditions that increase their risk of poor vision. These conditions may include common conditions like cataracts which can be treated, and also other more chronic, hard- to- treat conditions like glaucoma. Middle- aged women are also more likely to suffer from hypertension and diabetes, conditions which are associated with eye disorders like diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy. Women of this age are also at a risk of macular degeneration.

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For decades, same sex couples have found it challenging to apply for Social Security survivors’ benefits and many, in fact, simply chose not to apply because the system was stacked against them. Now, however, that changes after the Biden administration dismissed appeals of trial court decisions ruling in favour of same- sex plaintiffs.

The first case was filed by Helen Thornton who filed for survivor benefits based on her 27 -year relationship with her partner.  Her partner died in 2006 before Washington state moved to legalize same sex marriage. The second lawsuit was filed by Arizona -based Michael Ely whose partner of 43 years died barely 6 months into their marriage in 2014. In his case, the marriage was considered to have not lasted long enough for survivor benefits to kick in, even though they married in the year that the state’s ban on marriage was struck down.

In both lawsuits, federal district courts ruled that the federal government was wrong in its decision to deny survivor’s benefits to the surviving partners. The Biden administration has now dismissed any appeals against those decisions, thereby clearing the path for survivor benefits for partners in same sex marriages in Georgia and across the country.

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A new wristwatch could help reduce the risk of an epileptic attack, helping patients to take steps to avert the possibility of a seizure.

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have been working on a high- tech wristwatch that monitors the patient’s vitals and other markers to correctly predict the risk of a seizure. The patients who wore the wristwatch wore these for between six and 12 months, and the researchers found that these devices actually helped alert wearers to the risk of a seizure.  The warning provided approximately 30 minutes before the seizure occurred.

Six patients were studied, and the researchers found that the risk was correctly predicted consistently in five of these patients. The researchers say that the device provides a comfortable and wearable way for patients to correctly predict and forecast their risks of a seizure. In the study, patients who wore the wristwatch also suffered from epilepsy and had an implanted neurostimulation device for measuring brain activity.  The device measures characteristics like body temperature changes, electrical characteristics of the skin, cardiac rate, blood flow rate and other data  paving the way for a forecast of the seizure.

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Your retirement benefits are dependant on your income history, and the taxes that you pay into the Social Security system. When a person is disabled, it can mean months and even years of no income or reduced income. This is likely to have an impact on the retirement benefits for which a person is eligible.

The Social Security system does have a mechanism in place to prevent your retirement benefits from being reduced as a result of lowered earnings during the disability period. This mechanism is called a “disability freeze,” and it applies to your income during the years of being on disability. This mechanism simply freezes your income during the disability period, and ensures that the reduction in income as a result of your disability does not affect your ability to work and earn a full income.

Typically, the Social Security system will take your earnings into account while calculating your retirement benefits. The more you earn, the higher your benefits are likely to be. However, if your earnings take a hit – which happens in the case of a disability – it can impact your retirement benefits. The “freeze” prevents this from happening. The freeze will start from the date of the onset of disability.  The freeze on your income being counted towards retirement benefits continues till your disability ends, or till you begin receiving your retirement benefits.

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The Supplemental Security Income program is a lifesaver for many older and disabled Americans, but the program has undergone no modifications in recent years even as the number of beneficiaries receiving these payments has ballooned. Now lawmakers are proposing changes to the program that would benefit recipients.

Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio called for reforms to the Supplemental Security Income program to make it more accessible as well as more beneficial to the millions who rely on these payments every month. Currently 8 million Americans receive Supplemental Security Income benefits every month. Most of these are older Americans are those who suffer from disabilities. The average Supplemental Security Income beneficiary belongs to a lower economic class, or has other disadvantages in terms of access to resources which make it difficult for him or her to meet daily needs.  These payments are provided for people to meet basic needs like food, shelter and clothing. Disabled children may also be eligible for SSI.

In recent weeks, a Senate subcommittee has been holidng hearings on the proposed reforms to the program.  Lawmakers have introduced the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act which aims to increase the benefits that are paid out to Americans. It is hoped that the reforms will be included on the Build Back Better package, but this may not happen due to cost concerns.

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Asthma is a condition that is typically characterized by respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. However, when symptoms are chronic or persistent, the person may also suffer from secondary symptoms such as fatigue and daytime sleepiness.  When a person experiences asthma attacks that occur during the night or has difficulty sleeping due to chronic asthma – related cough, he/she may feel tired, sleepy and listless in the day time.

Lack of sleep related to asthma can be a vicious cycle.  Studies have found that when a person suffering from asthma sleeps for five hours or less a night, his/her symptoms actually are exacerbated. Sleeplessness further aggravates symptoms of the condition, making it very difficult for the person to work full time. Persons who sleep for less than 5 hours day are also at an increased risk of asthma-related hospitalizations.

Poorly -managed asthma makes it more likely that you will suffer fatigue. If your symptoms have made it impossible for you to sleep well, consult your doctor about changes to your asthma management program. Your doctor might be able to switch medications that can help ease your symptoms, encouraging better sleep.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is a term given to a category of lung diseases characterized by difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, chronic cough and wheezing. Conditions like emphysema and bronchitis may fall in this category of lung diseases. Symptoms in these cases are often sufficiently serious to disrupt the person’s normal functioning and routine activities, and prevent full-time work.

Chronic smoking is one of the primary risk factors for COPD. However, a new study suggests that workplace hazards are also strongly linked to the development of COPD.  Studies found that workers in certain sectors, such as mining and construction, are more likely to be exposed to environmental pollutants that can trigger COPD. One recent study found that even surgeons and nurses may not be exempt from the risks of COPD. Regular exposure to the kind of pollutants that can be generated through the use of heat-using surgical tools as well as the heavy disinfectants in a surgical operating room can be sufficient to increase a person’s risk of suffering COPD.

COPD causes not only breathing difficulties, but also related symptoms such as loss of weight, chronic fatigue and weakness. These symptoms may prevent a person from performing manual labour or even sedentary work.  In order to be eligible for benefits, it is important to provide evidence that your symptoms make it hard for you to perform jobs that can earn a living.

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