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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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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A person who has suffered a heart attack may experience residual effects much longer after the initial attack and even after rehabilitation.    According to a new study, working longer hours or under strenuous conditions could expose a heart attack patient to the risk of another attack.

The researchers found that the risk of a heart attack increased significantly when a person who had suffered a heart attack worked more than 55 hours a week after recovering from his cardiac arrest, compared to persons who worked between 35 and 40 hours a week.  In fact, according to the researchers, the increased risk of the second heart attack is equal to the risk of smoking.

The researchers suggest that workers who have suffered a heart attack work together with the employer to come up with interventions that accommodate the need for less strenuous work as well as changes to the work environment to accommodate these needs.

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Persons who suffer from diabetes could also be at a higher risk of suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.  Diabetes affects many organs and nerves across the body. One of the consequences of diabetes could be damage to the nerves lining the gastrointestinal system, leading to symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Diarrhea and constipation are common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. However, there are other symptoms that may cause serious discomfort and make it difficult for a person to work for long periods of time. For instance, irritable bowel syndrome often leads to nausea and fatigue.  The person may suffer from bloating, and experience the urgent need to visit the toilet several times in an hour. This, by itself, can make it difficult for a person to work in certain types of occupations. For instance, a person who works in an occupation that requires him/her to travel frequently, or meet with clients every day may find managing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome extremely difficult, if not impossible.

Irritable bowel syndrome can also result in malnutrition, which, in turn, can cause weight loss, anemia and chronic fatigue. A person who suffers from severe fatigue, for instance, will not be able to perform many types of jobs.  If your diabetes results in irritable bowel syndrome symptoms that are so serious that they make it difficult for you to work at your regular job, then you could be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

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One of the many consequences of a Covid-19 infection, as more data indicates, includes suffering a stroke. A stroke is an emergency medical condition in which there is an interruption in the supply of blood to the brain. This results in damage to the brain cells.  This  damage can be either short-term, or have permanent and life- altering consequences. Some of those consequences can make it impossible for the patient to return to his or her normal life or job.

According to a new study, Covid patients who have suffered a stroke are more likely to die as a result of their stroke, compared to those who did not suffer a stroke. The fatality rate of those who suffered a stroke was 37 percent, compared to 16 percent for non-stroke patients. Covid patients who suffered a stroke also spent 12 days more in the hospital on an average, compared to those who did not suffer a stroke. According to the researchers, as the pandemic progresses, it is becoming apparent that Covid is not a respiratory ailment as much as it is a vascular one that affects many organs of the body, and with several long-term consequences attached.

One of the biggest factors in a complete recovery after a stroke is the efficiency of the care after the stroke.  A stroke patient must have access to emergency medical care within an hour after the beginning of the stroke. The quicker the access to appropriate care, the higher will be the chances of a complete recovery after the event.

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In a healthy person, blood flows normally and unimpeded throughout the body.  However, when certain disorders result in excessive or unstoppable bleeding, or the formation of blood clots as the blood flows through the body, there may be serious consequences for the patient.

Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder that can have serious consequences such as excessive, unstoppable bleeding. Hemophilia is a genetic condition that affects males more than females.

If your condition results in consequences that are the result of such bleeding, like pain in the joints, extreme and chronic fatigue, or organ failures, this may help you qualify for a disability claim. There are other bleeding disorders, including thrombocytopenia and Von Willebrand disease that may also qualify you for Social Security disability benefits.

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A large number of Social Security disability claims are denied at the application stage. A new investigation finds the wait times for disability appeals in Georgia are extremely lengthy and can sometimes stretch into years.

More than 330,000 Georgians received Social Security disability payments at the beginning of the fiscal year 2020.  On an average, each beneficiary received a payment of $1,258. Those statistics conceal a disturbing fact – most  persons whose claims for disability benefits are denied are forced to wait for months, and sometimes even years, to have their appeals heard. The investigation found that in the Savannah area alone, the average wait time for an appeal hearing is almost one entire year. The situation is not much different in the rest of Georgia either.

A majority of Social Security disability claims are rejected or denied. The Social Security Administration does allow persons whose claims have been denied to appeal these denials. It is not necessary that you hire a lawyer to file your appeal, but it is highly recommended that you do so. A lawyer can help you present a strong case before the judge in charge of your case.

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Intensive medical research efforts that have gone into developing vaccines for Covid-19 could possibly have paved the way for a vaccine for an unrelated condition — multiple sclerosis.

The flurry of medical science research that has occurred on a vast and unprecedented scale during the Covid-19 pandemic has opened up avenues for the development of medications and vaccines for other diseases too. According to the result of one study that was published recently in the journal Science, one of those conditions could possibly be a vaccine for multiple sclerosis.

The research for this new vaccine has so far only been confined to mice, but the researchers believe that the results are promising enough for human trials soon.

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Researchers in the United Kingdom have now developed a new algorithm that they believe will help in the early detection of serious liver disease.

The new algorithm is called CIRRUS (CIRRhosis using Standard tests) and uses primary care data to predict a person’s risk of advanced liver disease. According to the researchers, the use of this tool can help predict these risks in advance and could possibly mitigate the exacerbation of the symptoms.

There are several types of liver disease that could possibly qualify for Social Security disability benefits. A person suffering from liver cirrhosis, a serious condition in which there is permanent scarring of the liver as a result of chronic alcoholism or hepatitis, could possibly qualify for benefits.  Other conditions include autoimmune hepatitis, a condition in which the body’s immune system tries to attack the liver cells, resulting in the development of conditions like hepatitis.

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Currently the efforts to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine in Georgia are being hampered by adverse weather conditions.

First doses have been administered across the state. However, persons who are waiting for their second dose could face a longer wait time than expected as the weather hampers the transportation of vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna.  Even without the disruption brought on by the weather, the vaccine roll out in Georgia has been slow. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most states are doing a better job of distributing the vaccines compared to Georgia. In fact, Georgia ranks an abysmal 46th in the list of states based on the speed of getting the vaccine out to residents quickly. Improvements are being made by the administration, so that more people, especially critical groups like health care workers, persons over 65, nursing home residents and their caregivers receive their doses quickly.

The Fulton County region has received the highest number of vaccines to date with more than 252,000 vaccines delivered to date.  Fulton is followed by Cobb County with more than 114,000 vaccines and DeKalb County with more than 104,000 doses distributed to date. The Gwinnett County area has had a little over 72,000 doses distributed. There also seem to be demographic differences in the distribution of the vaccines.  Blacks, who represent a third of the population, make up only 11 percent of the recipients of the vaccine to-date.

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Living without vision can be challenging.  This February, safety groups are drawing attention to low vision and conditions like glaucoma that can cause near-blindness.

Many people who suffer from vision problems find that eyeglasses and corrective surgeries can help improve vision and make it easier for them to go about their daily tasks and perform routine activities. These people may also be able to enjoy full employment. However, in some cases, vision is so poor that eyeglasses, medicines and surgeries may not suffice as solutions.   For people who suffer from this degree of low vision being independent and productive can seem impossible.

Low vision for the purpose of Social Security disability benefits approvals means that the person is unable to increase vision through the use of contact lenses, eyeglasses, medicines or surgeries.  It means that vision is so poor that it makes it difficult for the person to perform routine, everyday tasks. These persons may not be able to drive independently or read.  They may not be able to go to work and earn a living. Low vision may not mean that the person is living in complete blindness, but rather that the vision is poor enough to impede the ability to live a normal life. Some conditions that can cause low vision include glaucoma, diabetes and age- related macular degeneration. Eye injuries can also be a cause of low vision.

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