Learning Center: Social Security Disability

What if my Social Security Disability application is denied?

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What can I do if my Social Security Disability application is denied? Well, the first thing I would advise is to try not to take it personally and try not to panic. I know it can be alarming and disheartening when medical conditions have prevented you from working and the Social Security disability benefits you […]

Can I get Social Security Disability for Fibromyalgia?

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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 […]

What happens at a Social Security Disability pre-hearing conference

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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 […]

Social Security Disability – Spotlight on Migraine Headaches

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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 […]

Social Security Disability – Spotlight on Osteoarthritis

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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, […]

North Carolina disability denial rates

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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 […]

Social Security Disability – Spotlight on Diabetes

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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 […]

Expedited Social Security Benefits for Veterans

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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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