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Overview of the disability determination process

The inability to work due to a disability can be frustrating. And, as most Social Security Disability attorneys would be able to tell our readers, the frustration doesn't necessarily end upon applying for SSD benefits - on the contrary, that may be the point when even more frustration begins.

Applying for SSD benefits is a step-by-step process, and patience can be very important during this period of time. For most people the application process starts by filling out the proper paperwork and gathering all of the documentation that will be necessary to show that the applicant meets the medical requirements. An applicant's initial paperwork is usually processed at a local Social Security Administration office.

Fibromyalgia can make working impossible

If you are someone living with fibromyalgia, you know just how real the pain is. However, what you may not realize is that if this chronic condition is making it impossible for you to work, you may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits.

According to the National Institutes of Health, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition affecting 5 million Americans. An overwhelming majority of those with the condition - 80 to 90 percent - are women. The exact reason behind this, or the cause of the condition itself, is still unknown.

What is CRPS and how does it lead to disabilities?

As our Austin readers who have dealt with severe physical pain know, there is no prize awaiting those who land atop the McGill Pain Index. The index is used by patients to report their pain levels to doctors.

According to RSDHope, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as CRPS), is a progressive nervous system disease that can result in “constant, extremely intense” pain that is often debilitating. The chronic pain often lands patients atop the McGill Pain Index, RSDHope says. The organization holds seminars across the nation to try to educate the public about this disease that affects the sympathetic nervous system connecting internal organs to the brain.

Social Security disability backlog continues to grow

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Austin is nearly 900,000 today. Yet our rapidly growing city still trails another growing group: the number of people waiting to hear from the Social Security Administration about their appeal of an SSDI claim denial.

According to the Washington Post, the Social Security Administration is more than 990,000 cases behind. It is the “backlog of backlogs,” the paper says.

Can I appeal a denial of Social Security benefits?

Suffering from a serious injury or illness can be devastating. Not only are there health complications and limitations to worry about, but you may also be very concerned about the financial ramifications of a condition if it is disabling. The combination of mounting medical bills and an inability to work can create an overwhelmingly stressful situation.

To make matters worse, many people in this difficult situation will also learn that their application for Social Security disability benefits is not accepted initially. However, if you are in this situation, you should know that it is possible -- and common -- to file an appeal. 

Bump in Social Security Disability Insurance payments announced

Anyone who regularly makes trips to Austin grocery stores has likely noticed a pattern. Prices of essential items continue to creep upward. Vegetables, meats, fruits, cereals, beverages, soups, etc.: virtually everything in the stores seems to be pulled upward in price.

The Social Security Administration has in place a cost of living adjustment (COLA) designed to help those receiving retirement benefits and disability benefits to keep up with inflation. The annual COLA was recently announced, and as has often been the case in recent years, was disappointingly modest: 1.7 percent.

How our Austin Social Security Disability attorneys can help you

Regular readers will recall that we recently wrote about a report indicating that approximately one-third of Americans with disabilities live in poverty. The report indicated that the inaccessibility of support systems for people with disabilities are partially to blame. One of the most important programs available is Social Security Disability, which has a number of high hurdles for applicants to overcome, including a complex appeals process.

Reyes & Reyes Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to helping clients in Austin and across Texas through the difficult appeals that can be part of gaining approval of a lifetime of needed SSD benefits. Once approved, the assistance helps lift deserving Americans out of poverty – or prevents them from ever falling into poverty – with monthly payments that cover necessities in life.

Report: Nearly one-third of disabled Americans live in poverty

It has been more than 20 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted, yet nearly a third of disabled Americans still languish in poverty, according to a congressional report. The reasons for disabled people remaining disproportionately poor are complex and varied, ranging from simple bias to confusing assistance and support systems.

Among the support systems that leave many people perplexed is the Social Security Disability program. So often qualified applicants see their benefits claims denied because of paperwork errors, red tape, confusing appeals processes and more. 

What is aphasia?

Imagine being unable to understand the words in this sentence. It's an ability most of us take for granted. But for people with aphasia, the ability to express and understand language in both written and verbal forms is taken from them by this condition that can result in disability.

For those dealing with aphasia, applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be an especially difficult task that might require not only an Austin SSDI attorney, but also the patient understanding of a family member or loved one.

Is it possible to be disabled by depression?

As we know full well in Austin, the blues is one of the great American forms of music. Depression, however, is much more than a passing feeling of sadness because your woman or your man did you wrong. Major depression is a serious medical illness that affects virtually everything we do: sleeping, eating and enjoying life.

Major depression can even prevent a person from working and be so long-lasting and severe that it qualifies a person as disabled

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