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May 2013 Archives

Consistent Treatment is Key

It's often hard to stress just how important medical evidence is to an individual's Social Security Disability claim. The truth is, anyone can allege a disability; that's the easy part. The hard part is proving the alleged disability not only exists, but prevents an individual from working.

For Social Security Disability, Hidden Conditions Just as Real

Many disabilities that leave people unable to work and seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are invisible. It's not obvious that they are living with conditions that keep them from working.

ALS and Social Security Disability

May is ALS Awareness Month. ALS, the short name for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that has no cure and is fatal, usually within two to five years. Organizations and communities around the United States are sponsoring runs, walks and other events to spotlight the illness and raise funds for medical research. The disease is often called Lou Gehrig's disease after the great Yankee baseball player who died from the illness in the 1940s.

DOMA and Social Security Disability: What You Should Know

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") was enacted. This United States federal law restricted marriage benefits to marriages between one man and one woman. As a result of DOMA, same-sex marriages are not recognized for federal purposes, including Social Security survivors' benefits.

Lawsuit Against Queens ALJs Close to Settlement

A lawsuit against Social Security Administrator Michael Astrue continues to make its way through the legal system. In 2001, eight disabled people sued the Social Security Administration, alleging that five administrative law judges (ALJs) had created a "brick wall of bias." The ALJs were accused of systematically ignoring medical evidence, depriving applicants the right to a fair hearing and displaying hostility toward people who file Social Security Disability appeals.

North Philly Office Closing Shows Effects of Social Security Cuts

Here's the good news: The Sequester does not affect Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But there's also bad news: the Sequester does affect the offices and staff that administer those benefits.

An Explanation of Social Security Disability Growth

Right now it's fashionable in Washington to attack Social Security Disability (SSD) and its recipients. The program is out of control and most recipients are freeloaders who are too lazy to work, according to these critics. Here's the problem with that interpretation of SSD: It doesn't look at the history and the facts. A little correction is in order.

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