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If You're Disabled, is Social Security an Option for You?

The general belief regarding disability benefits is: if you're disabled, you can receive benefits. If only the system was that easy and uncomplicated, but it isn't. And, if it was, we wouldn't be here writing about it today! We've mentioned before how difficult and complex the system may be. That being said, even those who would qualify for disability based solely on their impairments, may not actually qualify for benefits in the long run.

In the News.

We've touched on this before; Social Security Disability cases can take along time. Some cases will take longer than others, but with the most recent reports coming in, it appears as if all cases may start taking just a little bit longer. We want to keep you informed of these changes, no matter how big or small. If there is a change in the system that could possibly affect you and how long it takes to receive benefits, you deserve to know.

There's no test for back pain.

"I have been having severe back pain and it's been effecting me working and even duties around the house. I'm trying to receive disability and keep getting turned down. I want to work but it's hard when you have back problems"--Ms. R.

More on Medicals, Medicals, and Medicals...

At Binder and Binder®, we often recommend that our clients consider having an Independent Medical Examination (I.M.E.). An I.M.E. is given by a Board certified physician, doing an examination in his field of expertise. This physician is also skilled at writing the kind of thorough report we need to win your case. An Independent Medical Examiner report is not designed to replace your treating doctor's report. A well written treating doctor's report will always outweigh any other report. But an I.M.E. report is often an extremely valuable supplement to your own doctor's report. Alternatively, if we are working with medical records only, we often recommend an I.M.E. to provide an opinion in the absence of one from a treating doctor. It is often vital to winning your case, because it can provide the documentation or explanations that we need to prove your disability.

Medical, Medicals, and Medicals...

You've probably heard that the three most important factors in Real Estate are "location, location, and location." In proving your Disability Case, the three most important factors are "medicals, medicals, and medicals." And by far, the most important of your "medicals" is a report from your own treating doctor.

High Jobless Rate Impacting the Social Security Disability Benefit Program

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that the state of the economy is, has been, and will continue to be, impacting the Social Security Disability benefit program (amongst other things). On the other hand, perhaps it does. Regardless, the numbers are quite staggering, and could undoubtedly have an affect on individuals applying for disability in the future.

Compassionate Allowances

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has an obligation. What is that obligation we are hinting towards, you may wonder? Well, it's quite simple. If an applicant's condition is so serious that they obviously meet disability standards, the SSA has the obligation to provide benefits...quickly.

Elimination of the Diabetes Listing.

Many Americans suffer from diabetes. Diabetes mellitus is a condition that results from the body's inability to use blood glucose for energy. One may be diagnosed with type I diabetes or type II diabetes. To manage the disease, an individual must carefully monitor blood sugar levels to minimize fluctuations, which requires continued vigilance and strict adherence to a perpetual, multi-faceted and demanding treatment regimen. They may need to inject insulin, follow a diabetic diet, exercise daily and test your blood sugar several times a day.

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