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April 2020 Archives

Respiratory issues may plague veterans

In the heat of their military service, soldiers may not spend all that much time thinking about the purity of the air that they're breathing. When they finish serving and move on with their lives, though, that air could become quite important. If it was contaminated in some way, they could experience long-term respiratory issues.

What could result in your losing your disability benefits?

There are currently more than 8 million Americans that receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Many of those recipients suffer from such serious health issues that they have little to no chance of ever seeing their benefits come to an end. Others will eventually get better and have their benefits taken away. Many of the individuals who receive SSD rely on their monthly benefits payments as the only source of income. This is why all recipients need to know what it is that could result in them losing their benefits.

Do people with cognitive impairments qualify for Social Security?

Memory and cognitive impairments can affect a person's mental health including their behaviors such as how they feel, think or act. A person suffering from a condition such as this may experience shifts in their ability to remember things from one moment to the next. The combination of all of these symptoms may make it difficult for someone to hold down a job. If you're struggling with one of these conditions, then you may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) to help you support yourself.

The Second Step in a Social Security Disability Case

The definition of disability is the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medical determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months (The Social Security Act). Judges deciding disability cases must follow a strict 5 step sequential evaluation to determine whether an individual is disabled or not. In this blog post we will be focusing on the second step of the evaluation. The second step of the five-step evaluation process requires an individual to have a severe impairment or combination of impairments that have or are expected to last at least 12 continuous months or be expected to cause death. It is important to emphasize the word "severe" in this step. Moreover, an individual can be denied at step 2 if their impairment or impairments are considered not severe. SSA's Program Operations Manual System (POMS) provides some guidance on what is considered severe. According to POMS, under step 2: "it must be determined whether medical evidence establishes a physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments of sufficient severity as to be the basis of finding of inability to engage in substantial gainful activity SGA. When medical evidence establishes only a slight abnormal or a combination of slight abnormalities which would have no more than a minimum effect on the individual's ability to work." Therefore, it is essential you cooperate to provide all relevant medical evidence and keep your attorney informed as to any ongoing treatment, doctor visits, or other future medical appointments.

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