Aug 11th, 2015

Applying for Social Security Benefits in Washington DC With a Knee Injury

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If you are living in the Washington DC area, are suffering from knee pain and are interested in applying for Social Security disability benefits because of it, you have come to the right place. Though you can complete the application process on your own, it can be hard to gather the right evidence and apply for Social Security Benefits in Washington DC properly without guidance from an attorney. So, as we go forward, keep that in mind. For now, you’ll need to know if your injury qualifies you for disability benefits.

The root of most cases of knee pain is the joints. Injured joints can cause severe, debilitating pain whenever the knee is moved. Though it is possible to qualify for SSD benefits if you suffer from severe joint pain, it is not an easy task. This is where a Social Security disability lawyer can help you through the application process.

In regards to severe joint pain, the SSA requires that the applicant provide evidence that his ailment is “medically determinable.” This means that you, the applicant, must have specific medical tests done that can physically show the SSA your injury. These results can provide you with an arsenal of evidence to use when applying for Social Security benefits in Washington DC. This evidence has to prove that your joint pain will last longer than a year and that it is so severe that it is altering your lifestyle and work performance.

An SSD attorney can take you through the specific tests and medical procedures that will help support your case. However, a rough list includes your official diagnosis, MRIs, x-rays and labs, in addition to proof that you have tried different treatment options and how your body responded (or didn’t respond) to that treatment.

According to the SSA, you can qualify for benefits in one of two ways:
1. Proving that your disability meets the requirements outlined in the SSA’s book of disability listings
2. Showing that your disability limits you physically or mentally, preventing you from working full-time

To qualify under the SSA’s disability listings, your joint pain must be caused by a deformity. This can be proven with an MRI. Since the joint pain is pinpointed to your knee, this deformity must be so severe that it alters your ability to walk normally – thus altering your day-to-day lifestyle. Do you need help running errands? Can you walk up stairs by yourself?

Qualifying for Social Security benefits in Washington DC under the second set of qualifications can be even more difficult. If you do not know what your best bet is, or even where to begin, an SSD lawyer can help you get your application started.
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Aug 10th, 2015

Applying For Social Security Disability With Anxiety

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Anxiety disorders can cover a wide range of symptoms and experiences, and it is hard to condense all of the information about applying for social security disability with any emotional disorder into such a short post, but there are some common rules and guidelines that can help you claim the benefits you deserve.

It should be noted that not every individual suffering from an emotional disorder qualifies for social security disability. The main rule of thumb is that, in order to qualify, your disability must have a marked impact on your life and disrupt your day to day functions. It is also important to note that the emotional disorder must be a long term one. Individuals suffering from short term anxiety are not eligible for social security disability.

Furthermore, people applying for social security disability must prove that they suffer from a generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic, or severe phobia. Obviously, self diagnosis can be unreliable, so you should discuss your personal situation with a doctor, psychologist, or other qualified health professional to help you determine whether or not you match any of these qualifications for social security disability. This health professional will also help you determine whether or not your disability causes a regular and serious disruption to your daily life, your ability to work or focus, your ability to function in a social setting, or your ability to control your disorder. These are also requirements necessary to qualify for social security disability.

Just because you do not meet the specific requirements listed here in a typical fashion, however, does not mean that you cannot draw disability benefits. Cases are evaluated with more scrutiny than simply checking the aforementioned boxes, and you may qualify for some benefits even if you do not match what was previously said. The details of the application and the qualifications for benefits are tricky, and they are best explained by a qualified professional that knows the details. You can find all the information on how to apply for social security disability on the Social Security Administrations website. There you can also find a variety of ways to speak with someone within the administration about the procedure to apply.

Aug 6th, 2015

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Schizophrenia

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People who suffer from schizophrenia have a heavy cross to bear. One of the most Often this condition is so mentally and emotionally debilitation it is impossible for someone suffering from it to be able to carry on with the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. When schizophrenia makes it impossible for someone to hold down a steady job it is possible for that person to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

Qualifying for disability benefits
A person with schizophrenia must first qualify for disability benefits.  In order to do so, there must be proof of a diagnosis by a physician. You must also have documented proof that the condition has caused you to be unable to work for at least one full year. You must also meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) schizophrenia listing or be able to show a reduced ability to function due to the condition.

Meeting the SSA listing for schizophrenia
Qualification for disability benefits is virtually automatic if the requirements set by the SSA are met. The standards for qualification include having medical evidence of the following issues:

* Hallucinations or delusions
* A catatonic state
* Illogical thought in connection with a blunt, flat, or inappropriate presentation
* Being isolated or emotionally withdrawn

The above symptoms also must result in at least two of the following issues:

* A severe restriction in daily activities
* A severe difficulty in dealing with other people
* Severe problems in maintaining attention, perseverance, or pace on tasks
* Repeated episodes of increased symptoms associated with an inability to function. Each episode must last at least two weeks.

Repeated episodes of increased symptoms associated with an inability to function. Each episode must last at least two weeks.

Other qualifications
If the above qualifications are not met, disability benefits may still be applied for. The alternate qualifications include:

* Repeated episodes of increased symptoms with each episode lasting at least two weeks
* A current state of functioning that causes symptoms to increase with even a small amount of demands or change to environment
* A current living arrangement that has been in existence at least one year that provides a highly supportive environment without which there is a lack of functioning

If you or someone you love are suffering from schizophrenia and think you may be eligible for disability benefits, your next step is to speak with a lawyer who is well-versed in Social Security disability law. The attorneys at Fred London Law are experts in the field and can answer any questions you have.  Contact us today.

Aug 3rd, 2015

Filing For SSD With a Back Injury in Washington, DC

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For everyone who doesn’t work from home, a back injury can be debilitating. Whereas before your injury you were able to make it to work every day without much of a struggle, now you find yourself unable to even come in to work, let alone do the tasks required of you at the level your boss has grown to expect. This becomes even more apparent if you have a job that requires you to be constantly active, like a restaurant server or a tour guide. Furthermore, a back injury affects more than just your job – it fundamentally limits your ability to carry out the activities of daily life, from spending time with your family to enjoying the great outdoors.

If you’ve had such an injury, however, you don’t need to give up  – Social Security Disability (SSD) is a program geared towards helping individuals who have become disabled and can’t work. This federal program offers benefits to anyone willing to file the claim, with the help of your disability law firm in Washington, DC, and provide enough evidence that he or she is disabled, and that this disability is preventing them from working at the level they were at previously. When you’re hurt and can’t work, you can’t earn income to support yourself and your loved ones – and SSD is there to make sure that you and your family can continue to live a comfortable life despite your disability.

Wondering if you qualify to file for disability with a back injury? The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a back injury (or “disorder of the spine”) as “resulting in compromise of a nerve root or the spinal cord”. This injury must result in “pain, limitation of motion of the spine, [and] motor loss, accompanied by sensory or reflex loss”. In other words, the back injury has to limit your ability to move or feel in order to be considered a disability. Other conditions that might be considered eligible are spinal arachnoiditis, which causes pain and an inability to maintain one position for longer than 2 hours, and lumbar spinal stenosis, causing chronic pain and weakness.

If you think you meet any of the criteria above, the crucial next step is to call your disability law firm in Washington, DC in order to discuss your condition and plan your next steps to file your SSD claim. Even if you aren’t sure that you qualify, just call – you may be surprised by what you find!