February 2019 Archives

Questions your doctor may ask about memory loss

If you're struggling with memory loss, it could be from aging, a disease or an injury. There are many potential conditions that lead to both long-term and short-term memory loss, which could represent a disability. If you've become concerned about the issues you've noticed, or if a loved one does, you may need to go to the doctor to get a diagnosis.

Blue Water Navy vets can now claim disability for Agent Orange

A federal Court of Appeals panel voted in late January that "Blue Water Navy" Vietnam veterans qualify to receive disability benefits for any illnesses they've developed from their exposure to Agent Orange, a toxic chemical herbicide. One analyst notes that this ruling will ensure that thousands of veterans finally receive the disability benefits that those who are unable to work desperately need.

Reopening a Prior Claim

Many claims for Social Security Disability benefits are denied at the initial application. While some individuals simply reapply for benefits by filing a new claim, your chances of winning are statistically greater if you continue with your original claim and appeal before an administrative law judge (ALJ). For claimants who have filed prior applications which were not decided by an ALJ at a hearing, it may be possible to reopen the prior claim with the earlier filing date. Your filing date is important, as Social Security can grant retroactive benefits up to one year prior to your filing date, depending on the onset date of your disability.

Failure to Follow Prescribed Treatment

Even if Social Security Administration finds that you are disabled, they may deny a claim over evidence of failure to follow a medical provider's prescribed treatment under SSR 18-3p. Typically, this evidence consists of medical records where your providers note "noncompliance." However, this notation alone does not necessarily warrant a denial on your claim. 

Pain as a Consideration in Your Disability Case

With most physically disabling conditions, pain is an unfortunate side effect that adds greatly to the suffering and hardship of the affected individual. In your claim for disability benefits, there are regulations that govern how your pain symptoms are to be evaluated and considered in deciding your case.

Peripheral Neuropathy and Disability Benefits

According to the Mayo Clinic, peripheral neuropathy is the result of damage to the peripheral nerves. It can cause weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in the hands and feet, but can affect other areas of the body as well. People with peripheral neuropathy generally experience pain and tingling sensations. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes, and exposure to toxins. However, the most common cause is diabetes.

Appealing Supplemental Security Income benefits that were denied

Filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a challenging process for many, especially those who have never had to file in the past. It's important that you complete the application correctly the first time, with all of the required information, or you risk having it denied. If your application for benefits is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days of receiving the denial notice.

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