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February 2017 Archives

Government workers more likely to be injured on the job

Working can be a dangerous activity. Construction workers may operate near heavy machinery and fast-moving traffic, firefighters can run into burning buildings, and even office workers can be subjected to repetitive motions that can leave them injured. Although the workers' compensation system may prove beneficial for those who are unable to work for a certain period of time, for many Floridians, their injuries are too severe to resume normal life. For these individuals, it may be wise to seek out Social Security disability benefits.

Breast cancer may qualify for compassionate allowance

Social Security Disability benefits are available to those who can prove that they have an injury or medical condition that renders them unable to work. The process of recovering these benefits can be lengthy, as claims adjudicators are backed up and gathering and presenting evidence can take some time. But some disabled individuals can't wait the many months it takes to receive an adjudication. For these individuals, their condition may be so severe that they may not expect to live long enough to go through the process as normal. Yet, bills stop for no one, and even these disabled individuals need to find a way to make ends meet.

SSD claims: we know how to best use evidence to support it

Last week on the blog we discussed the Social Security Administration's evidentiary standards. The SSA can be very strict when it comes to allowing evidence to be considered in support of a SSD benefits claim, which is why many initial claims are rejected. Disabled individuals need to be able to adhere to the SSA's standards, while using the evidence at their disposal to support their claim.

What does the SSA look for when assessing cancer?

Cancer is a horrible disease that affects many Florida families. Although medical advances allow many cancer sufferers to become cancer survivors, the fight can be challenging in more ways than one. These individuals may lose their ability to perform certain physical tasks, and their emotional well-being can take quite a toll. When the cancer impacts their day-to-day lives in such a way that these individuals are unable to work, when they may face uncertainty with regard to their ability to provide for themselves and their families.

The SSA's evidentiary standards for disability evidence

As readers of this blog know, proving that an individual suffers from a disability that meets the Social Security Administration's requirements for Social Security disability benefits isn't always simple. In fact, the matter can be quite complicated with claims adjudicators looking for any weaknesses in a claim that can justify a denial. With this in mind, those seeking to successfully claim SSD benefits need to know how to put forth the strongest, most compelling evidence they can muster.

Federal hiring freeze could slow SSD claim adjudications

There's a saying that the wheels of justice turn slowly. So, too, do the wheels on the Social Security disability system. As we have discussed previously, those seeking SSD benefits often face extensive waits before obtaining an adjudication of their claim. This wait time can leave disabled individuals struggling to get by, especially when their medical condition has left them unable to work to earn the wage they so desperately need.

The SSA's recent and duration of work tests

As readers of this blog know, there are a number of federal requirements that must be met before Social Security disability benefits will be awarded. Perhaps one of the most challenged requirement is that a disabling condition exists at all. Claimants may face pushback about the severity of their medical condition, as well as its affect on their ability to work. However, other requirements, like those related to work history, are just important when trying to obtain SSD benefits.

Facing the SSA? Our team fights to protect SSD benefits

A couple of weeks ago on the blog we discussed a case where disabled individuals were having their Social Security disability benefits yanked away based on allegations of fraud. Tragically, many individuals have their SSD benefits suddenly reduced or stopped for a variety of reasons, whether for allegations of wrongdoing or a reassessment of an individual's medical condition. The best way to prevent this from taking you by surprise is to protect your claim as fully as possible given your particular set of circumstances.