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Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is an inherited connective tissue disorder that interferes with the structure, production, or processing of collagen. The disorder typically affects the skin, joints, and blood vessels, with symptoms including easy bruising, ligamentous laxity, joint pain, and weak tissue. Many consider it to be an "invisible disability," as it is often misdiagnosed with hypochondriasis, depression, or chronic fatigue syndrome. While proving an "invisible disability" to Social Security Administration may be difficult, there are two main ways to establish disability from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome if your rheumatologist supports your claim.

Changes in Evidentiary Standards

The Social Security Administration has issued a final rule replacing the term "material" evidence with all evidence that "relates" to a claim in §404.1512(a) and §416.912(a), supported by reasoning that they are removing the need for claimants to make a legal judgment. This is clearly a broader standard, considering that "the meaning of 'relates' is broad and includes anything that has a logical or causal connection" to the claim. 79 FR at 9665.

How does the Social Security Administration help blind people?

Individuals who have very low vision, are legally blind or fully blind can receive special benefits if their disability prevents them from being able to work. The Social Security Administration offers benefits to blind or vision impaired via two different programs: the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and the Social Security Disability Insurance program.

Expedited applications for veterans

When seeking Social Security disability benefits in Minnesota, one of the most common complaints is that the process simply takes too long. This is often true for soldiers who have been disabled in combat and who hoped that the government would work more quickly to get them the assistance that they needed, considering all that they have given up for the country.

Good news and bad news in Minnesota childhood cancer treatment

There is good news and bad news in the field of childhood cancer treatment. The good news is that children with cancer have an 80 percent chance of survival. The bad news is that, a recent study conducted by the Huntsman Cancer Institute, those survivors are more likely to suffer health issues later in life and require Social Security disability assistance.

Appealing a decision on the Internet

So you've requested Social Security Disability payments and your application has been denied. This happens to people all across Minnesota every year, and it's important to note that this is not the end of the road. You can still appeal that decision. In fact, many applications are denied for simple reasons -- such as forgetting to fill out a certain box -- and this can be rectified quickly.


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