CDL Social Security Disability Law Blog

SSDI for Herniated Discs or Degenerative Disc Diseases

Posted by Derek Cervoni on Oct 15, 2020 2:29:34 PM

If you have a physically-demanding job, then getting a cervical or lumbar herniated disc, or developing degenerative disc disease, can leave you sidelined and incapable of working for a year or more. Your condition may even be so serious that you can no longer perform the job you’ve been doing your entire adult life.

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Topics: SSDI, Herniated Disc

SSDI for Heart Disease and Coronary Artery Disease

Posted by Derek Cervoni on Sep 16, 2020 9:50:45 AM

Every year, more than 3 million Americans develop coronary artery disease, also often called heart disease. This condition, which is characterized by the build-up of plaque in a patient’s arteries, limits blood flow to the heart and can cause a heart attack. Coronary artery disease is very serious, and in fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death of American men and women.

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Topics: SSDI

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and SSDI

Posted by Derek Cervoni on Aug 12, 2020 2:01:54 PM

Are you or a loved one diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and experience the associated vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination? If so, these symptoms may be affecting your ability to work, especially if you have a physically demanding job and your symptoms are making it impossible for you to do the work that you used to do.

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Topics: Multiple Sclerosis, MS

Parkinson’s Disease and SSDI

Posted by Derek Cervoni on Jul 15, 2020 10:13:37 AM

If you or someone in your family has Parkinson’s disease, you know that the stiffness and tremors you experience can make attempting even the simplest of tasks too difficult to complete. Your case of Parkinson’s may have even advanced to the point that you’re no longer able to work because of the symptoms you experience every day, despite the medications you take and instructions you follow that your doctor has given to you. 

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Topics: SSDI Case Scenario

Rheumatoid Arthritis and SSDI

Posted by Derek Cervoni on Jun 16, 2020 9:58:04 AM

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when a person’s immune system attacks the membranes surrounding their joints. This causes them to become inflamed. RA is most common among women, those between the ages of 40-60, smokers, and those with a family history of RA. If you have rheumatoid arthritis there may come a time when you need to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

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Topics: SSDI Case Scenario

Understanding SSDI and Mental Impairments

Posted by Derek Cervoni on May 15, 2020 2:23:29 PM

Getting approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) is not easy. Even when you suffer from a physical or mental impairment, you may not qualify for assistance and benefits. When it comes to mental impairments, there are no specific symptoms that would guarantee approval. Instead, Social Security will view your symptoms and their impact on your overall life and ability to work. Mental impairments impact everyone differently. As such, when investigating your claim, they will need to dive deeper to determine how your diagnosis and symptoms affect you specifically. How do your mental impairments impact your functional capacity to work?  

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Topics: SSDI benefits

SSDI Benefits for Visual Impairments

Posted by Derek Cervoni on Apr 16, 2020 11:46:22 AM

According to the CDC, about three percent of Americans who are 40 years old or older are either legally blind or are visually impaired. About twenty-one million Americans report functional vision problems or eye conditions. These conditions can significantly compromise vision. If you are legally or statutorily blind, you may qualify for SSDI benefits. If you have suffered vision loss, it is important to know that the Social Security Administration looks at vision loss a bit differently than other types of disabilities. 

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Topics: SSDI benefits, Requirements, Visual Impairments

SSDI Hearings

Posted by Derek Cervoni on Mar 18, 2020 10:13:17 AM

Those who have been denied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits have the right to send the application for reconsideration, and, if it is denied again, to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). It can take up to a year or more to get a hearing date, but the good news is that, according to the Social Security Administration nearly 50 percent of those who take their case to this level will be approved. It is imperative to be well-prepared for your ALJ hearing, particularly regarding medical evidence to support your claim for disability benefits.

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Topics: SSDI benefits, Claim, Process

Appealing a Claim for SSDI

Posted by Derek Cervoni on Feb 27, 2020 1:32:40 PM

If you have applied for Social Security Disability (sometimes known as Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI), and have been denied, don’t give up hope. You have options for appealing the SSDI denial—in fact, there are four appeal levels in the SSDI process. Unfortunately, many people decide to file a new application, rather than appealing their original denial. It is important to know that when you file a new application, it could also be denied, just like your first application and you could also lose out on past due benefits. In fact, according to a full two thirds of initial applications are denied, whether due to insufficient work credits, lack of a qualifying medical condition, or other factors.

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Topics: SSDI benefits, Claim, Process

SSDI Benefits for Children

Posted by Derek Cervoni on Jan 30, 2020 4:13:13 PM

In the U.S., Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are typically only available to qualifying adults with a work history. In order to qualify for these benefits, disabled adults must have worked and paid into the system. They must accrue a specific number of work credits to qualify. However, children whose parents are disabled, retired, or deceased may also be able to collect benefits.

In 2017 alone, the Social Security Administration paid an average of $2.6 billion each month to more than 4.2 million qualifying children. This money helps children complete high school and pays for food and shelter. When a parent becomes disabled or suddenly passes away, Social Security benefits can help keep the family afloat and provide a vital income for these children.

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Topics: SSDI benefits, Disability Income Threshold

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