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Does Crohn’s Disease Qualify for Social Security Disability?

 Posted on June 22,2021 in Social Security disability

WI disability lawyerSerious health issues can limit your ability to perform daily tasks, and when certain types of medical conditions affect your ability to work, you may be able to receive disability benefits through Social Security. Crohn’s disease is a condition that can drastically affect a person’s overall health and well-being. If you suffer from this disease, and you are concerned about whether you will have the financial resources to provide for your family’s needs, you will need to work with an attorney to determine whether you qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Social Security Disability for Inflammatory Bowel Disorders

Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition with no known cure, and it can affect any part of the digestive system. It most often affects the small or large intestines, and a person may experience a gradual worsening of symptoms over time, or they may have a sudden onset of pain and discomfort. Symptoms may come in cycles, and a person may be affected temporarily and then experience periods of remission, or the effects of the disease may be persistent and ongoing.

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Can I Receive Social Security Benefits If I Am Blind?

 Posted on May 21,2021 in Social Security disability

WI disability lawyerLife is difficult enough without having any illnesses or disabilities to deal with. Life can be even more difficult when you are blind or you have serious vision problems. Being able to see is a gift that many people do not realize how much they rely on until it is gone. Working or earning income can be extremely difficult for those who are blind. Thankfully, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides special benefits to people that meet the definition of blindness by the SSA’s standards. Those who are blind may qualify for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if they meet certain requirements.

Who Does the SSA Consider to Be Blind?

Before you can claim benefits for a blindness disability, the SSA must determine that you are, in fact, blind. Under the SSA’s definition of blindness, a person’s vision must be 20/200 or worse in their better eye, even with vision correction. A person may also be considered blind if their field of vision is 20 degrees or less. Any type of blindness must also have lasted or be expected to last at least 12 months, though that time requirement does not apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Common Reasons Why Social Security Disability Claims Are Denied

 Posted on April 29,2021 in Social Security disability

WI disability lawyerSocial Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is one of the largest federal programs in place to help people who have disabilities. To receive benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) must make a determination that you are actually disabled. To do this, representatives from the Administration will gather information about you and your case, examine all of the medical information about your disability and make a decision. Unfortunately, the determination that often comes back for many people who are applying for benefits for the first time is a denial. Though it is frustrating, there are many reasons why the SSA will deny your application. Some of the most common reasons for denials include:

  • There was not enough medical evidence. Perhaps the most common reason applications are denied is because of a lack of medical evidence to back up the claim of disability. When you apply for benefits, you will have to include supporting medical documentation showing that you have a history of this disability and that it has been confirmed by a physician.

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How Is the Listing of Impairments Used in a Social Security Disability Case?

 Posted on March 31,2021 in Social Security disability

Milwaukee social security benefits attorneyA physical or mental disability can greatly affect a person’s ability to provide for their own needs. If you have been seriously injured or suffer from an illness or other condition that affects your ability to work, disability benefits provided through Social Security can help you address your ongoing living expenses. However, when applying for Social Security disability benefits, you will need to meet a variety of requirements to show that you are in fact disabled. One issue that may arise during the application process or when appealing the denial of disability benefits is whether your condition is included in the Listing of Impairments. Understanding how this listing is used can be crucial to ensuring that you can receive the benefits you deserve.

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What Is the Five-Step Process for Evaluating Disability Claims?

 Posted on February 26,2021 in Social Security disability

WI disability attorneyIf you have suffered an injury, an illness, or another physical or mental condition that has caused you to be unable to work, you may rely on public benefits to meet your needs. Social Security disability benefits, which may include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), can provide much-needed income that will allow you to cover your daily living expenses. However, your application for these types of benefits may be denied. If you appeal this decision, your case will be reviewed by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), who will follow a five-step “sequential evaluation” process to determine whether you are disabled and whether you should receive benefits.

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How Does Social Security Give Weight to Different Medical Opinions?

 Posted on January 25,2021 in Social Security disability

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If you or a loved one have suffered physical or mental impairments that have affected your ability to work, you may rely on public benefits to meet your needs. Social Security disability benefits can provide you with much-needed financial assistance, and depending on your age, your work history, and other factors, you may qualify for either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Unfortunately, the majority of Social Security disability applications are denied. You can appeal the denial of a disability claim, but when doing so, you should be sure to understand the types of evidence that may play a role in your case, including opinions from your doctor or other medical experts.

How Are Opinions from Different Medical Sources Evaluated?

During a Social Security disability case, multiple different forms of medical evidence may be considered. In addition to reports made by one or more doctors or medical professionals that you see regularly, you may also be examined by other medical experts. Physicians, psychologists, optometrists, podiatrists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants may be considered acceptable medical sources that may provide opinions about your condition. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who hears your case will need to weigh the evidence provided by different sources to determine whether you meet the qualifications for disability.

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  • Thank you so much Jonathan. I was so tired of waiting almost 2 years for my disability hearing and you told me always stay positive and to not give up. You met with me before my hearing and told me what to expect and when you told me the judge approved my case I was so relieved! The Social Security disability payments I get allow me to keep seeing my doctors and really help us out. Thank you!

    - Shirley

  • Jonathan thank you for helping me win my Social Security disability case. You are so easy to talk to and don’t make me feel stupid each time I call with my questions.

    - Rene

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