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:

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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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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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Every 40 seconds, an American suffers a heart attack. February is American Heart Month, an appropriate time to learn about the warning signs of heart disease and heart attack and to discover your options for benefits if you suffer from these conditions.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death for Americans. Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease. More than 800,000 Americans suffer heart attacks every year, and more than 600,000 of these are first- time events.  About one in five heart attacks is a silent heart attack, a highly common condition in which the person experiences what seems like fatigue, breathlessness and indigestion, without realizing that a heart attack has occurred. The damage to the heart muscles even in a silent heart attack can be permanent.

If you have been diagnosed with cardiac disease, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. However, a diagnosis by itself will not qualify you for benefits. The Social Security Administration has a list of criteria that it will employ to determine whether your condition qualifies for benefits.

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The last week of February marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The commemoration is headed by the National Eating Disorders Association, which is the last largest non -profit group in the United States that specifically dedicates resources to raising awareness about eating disorders, and supporting the individuals and families that are severely impacted by these disorders.

Eating disorders are far more common than you think. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, across the United States, as many as 20 million women will fall victim to an eating disorder in their lifetimes. Men are not immune to the societal pressures and emotional disturbances that often trigger these disorders, and approximately 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder.Eating disorders can affect any one, regardless of age, race, class, religion, education levels, and body weight.

Eating disorders very often end in death or in permanent harm to the person’s health. They are also the second deadliest mental disorders, second only to addiction in the number of deaths they cause every year.

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February 13-18 is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week.  Muscular dystrophy is a term given to a number of disorders that primarily affect muscles and movement.  With Muscular Dystrophy, muscle proteins degenerate and wear down. This causes the muscles to weaken, leading to difficulties with mobility.  In some cases, paralysis can result. In other cases, there can be a serious reduction in the individual’s ability to move about independently and lead a productive life.

There are several types of muscular dystrophy. One of the most common forms in children is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a condition that mostly affects male children. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder.

The most common type of muscular dystrophy affecting adults is myotonic muscular dystrophy. This condition typically appears after the age of 40, but symptoms can appear at any age. Symptoms include a weakening of the muscles in the face, and neck. The condition can also cause cataracts.

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Social Security disability beneficiaries can look forward to receiving their second stimulus checks soon. On December 27th, the $600 billion relief bill was passed, and it provides for a number of relief measures for Americans suffering financially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. These measures include a $600 stimulus payment to all eligible Americans.

All eligible adults and children who qualify for the stimulus checks should begin receiving them soon. These include persons who are currently receiving disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program. If you are a disability beneficiary, you are likely to receive a stimulus check soon. If you have received the earlier stimulus check that was mailed out last year, you could continue to be eligible for the second stimulus check, as long as you continue to remain eligible for disability benefits.

The Internal Revenue Service has confirmed that it will be relying on data pertaining to the last checks that were sent out in 2020, while deciding on the new beneficiaries. If you received a check for $1200 in 2020, and continue to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you should be getting your check in the mail soon.

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Every winter, thousands of Atlanta residents typically head to the slopes to enjoy skiing, sledding, and other winter sports activities. Many of these activities, however, come with a high chance of being involved in an accident that ends with brain injuries.

January is marked every year as National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month. This commemoration underscores the high number of brain injuries that occur when Georgians are on the slopes every year. This year, before you strap on your skis or skates, take all necessary precautions.

Traumatic brain injuries that occur during winter sports typically take the form of sports- related concussions. These concussions are caused by a direct jolt to the head. However, you don’t necessarily need to be hit only on the head to suffer a concussion. Even blows to the face or neck, can cause a brain injury.

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In January, health organizations around the country work towards increasing awareness of cervical cancer, one of the most common cancers affecting women.

Cervical cancer symptoms mirror many other gynecological symptoms, making it very difficult to diagnose. However, if you are suffering from heavier -than-normal periods, bleeding after menopause, bleeding after intercourse, vaginal discharge, chronic pelvic or back pain, or bleeding between periods, make sure that you consult your doctor immediately.

The National Cancer Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, has especially good news for women. The National Cancer Institute announced successful results in a new study that uses artificial intelligence (as opposed to typical Pap tests) to improve the accuracy of screening for cervical cancer.

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month.  According to the results of a new study,  children who have suffered cataracts in infancy have a 22% higher risk of developing glaucoma 10 years later. The results, published in the JAMA Ophthalmology Journal, came from a study which was funded by the National Eye Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health.  Children who have suffered cataracts in their infancy have a much higher risk of developing glaucoma when they get older.

Typically one may think of cataracts as afflicting only older people, but children can also be affected by this condition. In many cases, the cataract is detected by an eye exam soon after birth. In other cases, parents will detect the cataract themselves as the child gets older. Cataracts are especially dangerous in young children because young children’s eyes continue to develop until they are about 10 years old.  Cataracts can affect the development of vision. While the condition may be congenital in some, it may be acquired in others.

According to the researchers, the results indicate that it is important to constantly monitor infants, who have undergone cataract surgery, for glaucoma. In many cases, children with glaucoma undergo an intraocular lens surgery to replace the afflicted lens with an intraocular lens.  However, the research  indicates that replacing the lens with an intraocular lens does not necessarily diminish the chances of developing glaucoma later.

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While Congress was certifying the election for Joe Biden, a collection of neo-Nazis, second Amendment proponents, Confederate Flag bearers, QAnon believers, a variety of other hate groups, and staunch Trump supporters overtook the Capitol police, and stormed the US Congress looking for either an opportunity to take selfies and post on their personal profile, or more sinister, find Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence and hang in them outside in the makeshift gallows.  The underpinning of last week’s attack on the United States government was a belief in wide-spread voter fraud.  Let’s acknowledge that a cornerstone of democracy is a free and fair election.  The American people deserve to trust that the election infrastructure is secure and also of a vital national interest.  Voting is a fundamental right secured by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.   Let’s take a look at what mechanisms protect against wide-spread voter fraud.

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                Laws and Protections in Place to Protect Against Voter Fraud

Federal laws establish national practice standards for voting.  In 1993 Congress passed the Voter Registration Act which codified many practices for voter roll maintenance in order to help the states have unified practices.  In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act to address problems that arose in the 2000 election of Bush/Gore.  This federal legislation required states to keep centralized voter registration databases, allowing states to easily cross-reference duplicative voters.  States utilize federal databases such as the US Postal Service National Change of Address database and the Social Security Death Index database in order to maintain accurate voter rolls.  When voters move the election office sends a cancellation notice to the prior jurisdiction.  When a vote by mail ballot is received, national standards exist for the election worker to verify the vote to see if the voter has already voted elsewhere.

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