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What you can do to help your disability case

The most important thing you can do to help your case is to continue to seek medical care, even if this is from a free or reduced fee clinic. Without medical evidence of your disability, your case becomes harder to prove. If you do not have free or reduced care…

How long does it take to get Social Security Benefits?

Well the answer is that depends. The length of time it will take to be approved for disability benefits depends greatly on your age, conditions you have, the area you live in, and how quickly your medical providers respond. For most people, the SSA disability benefits process has 3 steps,…

When it’s not Autism, but everyone tries to convince you it is.

With the release of some of the proposed changes to the DSM V regarding the autism Spectrum disorders, I have read a lot on the reaction from the special needs community. I am one of the few who is less concerned over the proposed changes to the definition due to…

Proposed DSM V changes and your disability claim

There is a lot of uproar in the special need/disability community on the upcoming changes in the DSM V (replacing the DSM IV), specifically with the Autism Spectrum disorders. The DSM V proposes removing both the PDD-NOS and Aspergers diagnosis and wraps everything up into one Autism disorder. Many believe…

SSA Listings What are they and How can they help my case

Social Security Listings are conditions which have been deemed severe enough, by law, that if the claimant meets or equals a listing they should be automatically found disabled, no further questions asked. SSA has listings which cover both adults and children. This post will talk solely about adult listings, but…

More on Amelia

Here is a link to another blog, that is linking to many other blogs posting their outrage about Amelia’s treatment. Countering

The Story of Amelia

Social media and blogs have been up in arms over Philadelphia Children’s Hospital’s treatment of 2 yo Amelia Rivera, Parents blog post. Amelia is in need of a kidney transplant. Her family wishes to donate a kidney to her and the hospital has refused to perform the operation because Amelia…

The Social Security Disability Process – How it works

One of the hardest things for my client’s to understand is that the SSA disability process works in a hypothetical world, not reality. Social Security doesn’t ask if an employer would actually hire you, if any employers are hiring for jobs you might be able to do, or even if…

The wait for Medicare could it be changing?

Currently, a person receiving Social Security disability benefits must wait 24 months (29 months after the date determined they became disabled) to receive Medicare. COBRA coverage has been the stop-gap since 1986, but in reality, hardly anyone can afford to pay COBRA for 2 years, especially those that are disabled…

Types of Social Security Disability Benefits

A quick look at the different types of benefits you may be eligible for DIB: Disability Insured Benefits – these are the benefits you earn by paying FICA taxes. Generally, if you have worked and paid FICA taxes 5 out of the last 10 years, you have earned your quarters…