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Health Awareness in May

There are many health awareness events in May. Such awareness months are intended to increase recognition of signs and symptoms of particular medical conditions and to encourage research support for treatments and cures. Campaigns upcoming in May include:

  • American Stroke Awareness Month (promoted by the National Stroke Association)
  • Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Healthy Vision Month
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month (promoted by the Lupus Foundation of America)
  • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

Although these conditions are very different, they share one characteristic: Each could become severe enough to prevent sufferers from working. People should be aware that they do have recourse if this happens. They may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

Requirements for Obtaining SSD Benefits for Awareness Month Conditions

For example, stroke victims who are unable to speak or write effectively or coordinate or control the movement of at least two extremities are eligible for benefits. If they are blind as the result of a stroke, workers could also be eligible for benefits.

People with severe arthritis who can no longer work as a result may qualify for SSD benefits if they have back or joint problems so severe that they are limited in what they can do. In addition, people may qualify for benefits under other categories, depending on their situations.

In the case of asthma, patients may qualify for SSD benefits if they are required to use an intravenous bronchodilator, have to take antibiotics or have to be hospitalized or go to an emergency room frequently. Claimants must be able to show that their asthma attacks last for at least a day.

If you have been diagnosed with lupus, you may qualify for SSD benefits if the lupus affects at least two body systems or organs and results in at least two of these symptoms: frequent exhaustion, fever, malaise or involuntary weight loss.

People with melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, can qualify for SSD benefits if they cannot work and can show that the melanoma has returned even after excision of the cancer, or the melanoma has spread to four lymph nodes or is clinically apparent in one lymph node, or has spread to nearby skin or to distant sites in the body.

Get Help With Your SSD Claim

These and other conditions marked by a health awareness month often make people eligible for disability benefits from Social Security. An advocate such as those at Binder & Binder, America's most successful Social Security Disability advocates, can advise you about your rights and options, especially if you are having trouble obtaining the benefits you need and paid for with every paycheck.

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