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Category Archive: Social Security Disability

Can I get Social Security Disability for Fibromyalgia?

Does Social Security Disability Recognize Fibromyalgia as a Real Condition? Fibromyalgia is a frequently misunderstood and very real medical condition that affects a person with widespread pain throughout their body. It took the Social Security Administration a very long time to believe that statement. Only in 2012 did Social Security issue guidelines for how they…

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What happens at a Social Security Disability pre-hearing conference

As we’ve explained here before, most people who apply for Social Security Disability are initially denied benefits. Many applicants must submit go through several appeals, waiting years and dealing with miles of red tape, before they get to the point where they can argue their case before a judge. If you are denied initially, your best…

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Social Security Disability – Spotlight on Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are a very common problem affecting many people. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine headaches affect 38 million men, women and children in the United States. Most of those afflicted with migraine headaches experience them infrequently, perhaps once a month. But for some they can be frequent and debilitating to the point…

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Social Security Disability – Spotlight on Osteoarthritis

I have been asked several times recently, “Can I be approved for Social Security Disability based on osteoarthritis?” The answer is that many people are approved for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security income based solely on osteoarthritis. However, like almost all medical conditions that can form a basis for a Social Security Disability claim,…

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Getting approved for Social Security Disability when you have COPD

In my last post I talked about how COPD is evaluated in people seeking Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits.  I also talked about how you can meet a “listing” for COPD, but noted that often times people cannot show that they meet the listings. Today, I’d like to talk a little…

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Social Security Disability: Spotlight on COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is one of the most common lung diseases, and it can make it very hard for you to breathe. Sometimes the symptoms of COPD are severe enough to prevent you from working any full time job, causing you to have to file for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, also known as SSDI….

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North Carolina disability denial rates

When it comes to your chances of getting approved for Social Security Disability Benefits initially, or upon the first appeal (called “reconsideration”), the state you live in makes a difference.   Charles Hall’s excellent Social Security blog posted some interesting statistics about initial and reconsideration denial rates last August, which he got from NOSSCR, the…

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Social Security Disability – Spotlight on Diabetes

As a Social Security Disability attorney in North Carolina, I represent a lot of people who have diabetes. Often, my clients will have other health problems that also affect them, but sometimes I represent people whose diabetes, and complications from their diabetes, is the main thing preventing them from being able to work.  It is not…

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Expedited Social Security Benefits for Veterans

Starting in mid March, the Social Security Administration will give priority to Social Security Disability claims filed by some veterans. SSD applications from veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent and Total will be processed faster than other claims, the Social Security Administration announced last week. These application…

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Social Security Disability Fraud Report

There’s been a lot of publicity lately about a new Government Accountability Office report about Social Security Disability overpayments. According to the GAO report, released Friday, the Social Security Administration paid out $1.3 billion in disability payments to people who had jobs, even though they were classified as disabled and unable to work. An estimated…

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