Nov 29th, 2017

Can I File for Social Security Disability If I Have Bipolar Disorder?

Fred London Law 0 Comments Social Security Disability

Bipolar Disorder is a mental disorder that is hard for many people to overcome without any medical help. There can be extreme symptoms such as severe depression and the disorder comes with numerous mood disorders. With sever cases Bipolar Disorder can prevent an individual from functioning and also performing daily activities in their place of work. Generally, Bipolar Disorder is diagnosed based on the individual’s experiences, as well as abnormal behaviours that have been reported from close friends, family, and even coworkers. A clinical assessment for Bipolar Disorders can be down as an outpatient at a clinical facility. During this time, when one is diagnosed and the severity of the disorder, this will determine if one should be working or not. An individual can apply for Social Security Disability benefits at this time.

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How to file for Social Security Disability When You Have Bipolar Disorder

If your Bipolar Disorder is preventing you from performing daily tasks that you could once perform at work, you are entitled to apply for Social Security Disability — SSD — benefits. If you meet the requirements for disability benefits that are listed in the Blue Book, the you are qualified to apply as long as you include medical tests, notes, and diagnosis as well. You can find the Blue Book listed on the Social Security Disability website or ask your local office for a copy.

How To Qualify for Bipolar Disorder Disability Benefits

Based on the SSA, an individual must have a history of manic episodes, severe depression, or a mix of both symptoms. In addition, the claimant should have at least two of these restrictions:

● A limitation that gets in the way of accomplishing daily tasks

● Not capable of normal interaction with others

● Episodes that are severe and recurring that tend to last for a long period of time.

If for some reason, an individual does not meet the criteria, that does not mean you should not apply because you may still fall under a section in the Blue Book. A individual that has a medical history of at least two years from a chronic disorder can be granted benefits despite the help of medicine

If you do meet the criteria listed in the manual and for some reason you are denied by Social Security, you can appeal this and win because of the specific impairments. It is critical to your claim that you are aware Social Security will need medical records for those will determine if your benefits are approved or denied. Maintaining consistency during your application process is vital to the success of your mental health. Social Security will be able to help you with your medical tests, medication, and doctor appointments after you are approved. You are allowed to hire a disability attorney if you find you need help during this process. Your attorney will be there to guide you through the application and if your claim gets appealed, they will be able to guide you through the steps of an appeal.

Nov 27th, 2017

Medical Assistance for Pregnant Women

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Like other assistant programs with health care, Medicaid does not directly give money to those who receive benefits. There are specific providers and health care facilities that have a contract with Medicaid to take those who have that insurance. Generally, when signing up for Medicaid, you will be given a list of medical professionals that accept this insurance. As long as you are receiving Medicaid and you go to the medical professionals and offices that take your insurance, the cost of your treatment or reason for seeing a medical professional will be covered through Medicaid.

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For those who are using Medicaid as their primary health insurance and are pregnant, will be able to cover pregnancy related care. This includes the delivery any complications that can happen during the pregnancy and also up to 60 days after delivering. If you applied late for Medicaid and you are in the middle of your pregnancy, you may still qualify to receive care prior to your Medicaid acceptance. This was set up so that more women would take necessary prenatal care during the early stages of pregnancy.

During the Medicaid eligibility process, pregnant women are generally given priority during this process. Most insurance representatives will try and qualify these candidates in roughly 2-4 weeks. If there is a case of urgency and you need to receive some type of medical treatment prior to the acceptance for Medicaid insurance, you can reach out to the local office you’ve been working with and they can get you a temporary card until you are fully qualified.

Generally, for government programs, there are very basic requirements that you must meet with clear and simple instructions in order to apply. Medicaid qualifications can happen in multiple ways, depending on the individual as well as the situation — though income makes up a section of the requirements for eligibility. At times, those in the lower income group, don’t even qualify for Medicaid. Other times, those in the middle class can qualify if their reasoning and qualifications fall into a specific group. If you are pregnant, uninsured, and need medical assistance during this time, you should reach out to a Medicaid office in your area if you believe Medicaid is right for you.

Nov 21st, 2017

Hepatitis and Social Security Disability

Fred London Law 0 Comments Social Security Disability

Hepatitis A, B, and C viruses all cause inflammation of the liver which can lead to a worsening condition of chronic hepatitis characterized by fibrosis or cirrhosis characterized.

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Hepatitis sufferers often just don’t feel well. At first they feel flu-like symptoms, such as achy muscles and joints, headache and fever. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can also occur. Over time, sufferers develop abdominal pain, a poor appetite and jaundice, which can indicate that severe liver damage has already occurred. The condition is also characterized by fatigue and weakness, leg swelling (edema), abdominal fluid accumulation, and easy bleeding and bruising.

A, B and C indicate different viral strains, and each has its own symptoms and treatments:

· Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis) is caused by a virus from infected stool. This form is typically short-lived, and not treated because it goes away on its own.

· Hepatitis B (serum hepatitis) happens when an infected person’s body fluids contaminate a syringe. It can also pass through sexual contact and from mother to newborn. This is a more serious form that leads to chronic liver disease and liver cancer.

· Hepatitis C virus is spread by direct contact with an infected person’s blood, and is often associated sharing needles or body piercings. This form can lead to chronic liver disease and eventual need for liver transplant.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a listing of qualifying medical disorders. Hepatitis is considered an adult digestive disorder. To qualify for hepatitis disability social security benefits, you must meet these requirements:

  • Confirmed diagnosis of chronic liver disease with specific bilirubin levels, inflammation levels, abnormal liver enzymes, or abnormal prothrombin clot time (PT)
  • Esophageal indications with massive hemorrhaging or requiring a surgical shunt
  • Severe abdominal fluid accumulation
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Extremely high bilirubin blood levels

The SSA will also require evidence of a hepatitis diagnosis confirmed via liver biopsy rather than simply by blood antigen/antibody tests. If you don’t meet the listings above, the SSA also will allow a medical vocational allowance if your hepatitis symptoms prevent you from functioning effectively in a job.

It is imperative that you work closely with one of our attorneys on our legal team. We will help you determine your qualification for hepatitis disability benefits and help you provide the SSA with the proper records and documentation. Most people are initially denied social security disability benefits due to lack of sufficient medical evidence. Give us a call today. We’re here to help you navigate the SSA process to get the benefits you deserve.

Nov 3rd, 2017

Individual requirements for receiving Medicaid

Fred London Law 0 Comments Social Security Disability

Financial assistance is provided in the Medicaid program. This program helps with medical expenses for those who have a low income, pregnant women, children, disabled people, and elderly people. You can only receive Medicaid if you are a U.S. citizen and meets federal and state income requirements.

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Also, Medicaid beneficiaries that have a limited income may be eligible for the program. The program can help them pay for Medicare expenses that you need to pay for on your own — copays, premiums, deductibles. It should be recognized that Medicaid does not mean it can be completely free. Unfortunately, there may be some costs such as copays, but the details will change depending on the state you reside in.

State Medicaid eligibility

Though the federal government funds some of the program, each state determines eligibility for Medicaid for its residents. Like mentioned before, the state requirements may vary based on the income as well as the situation the person is in. Medicaid is determined by income and also the family size with the help of Federal Poverty Level — FPL. The minimum eligibility for 2016 was 133 percent of the FPL. You may qualify for Medicaid for your state if you don’t end up meeting the federal standards.

Whether you think you qualify for Medicaid or not, you should still apply for the program. The determination if you qualify will be made by a caseworker and approvals are made based on information that you provided. This includes personal information such as your income and financial resources. Other circumstances may be considered as well. Generally, Medicaid aims to help low-income groups such as pregnant women, elderly, children and disabled people. Be sure to review the criteria based on the state you live in.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid has now expanded to cover low-income adults that aren’t eligible from other criteria. Prior to this, those low-income adults were required to have a waiver that was covered by the state Medicaid. Though you must need the minimum federal income, some states may be more generous than others. If you don’t fit in a category that has been mentioned, but you are a low-income individual, reach out to your state Medicaid program to see if you can still apply.

General requirements

There are lots of options to being eligible for the Medicaid program. For instance, most states provide Medicaid to anyone who is already getting benefits from the Supplemental Security Income program. A handful of states provide Medicaid to older adults with a disability that has an income that is under 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

Mainly, to be eligible for Medicaid you must qualify for one of the following below:

● 65 or older

● Have a continual disability as that term is explained by the SSA

● Visually impaired

● Pregnant woman

● Child, or the parent/guardian of a child

● Additionally, you need to meet specific requirements, such as:

○ U.S. citizen or meet certain immigration regulations

○ Be a state resident where you apply

○ Have a Social Security number


The amount of income you are allowed to have varies depending on the state you’re in and also the eligibility group you are in. When your state program finally determines your financial eligibility, they will count some of what you make, but not all of it. Your income includes:

● Regular benefits — Social Security retirement or disability

● Veterans benefits

● Pensions

● Salaries

● Wages

● Interest from bank accounts

● Dividends from stocks/bonds

Activity requirements

A medical expert in your state will need to evaluate your needs and decide if your disability will need long-term care. Generally, the doctor will make the decision based on if you need help performing specific activities of daily living (ADL). These include:

● Bathing

● Dressing

● Using the bathroom

● Getting in and out of bed/chair/couch

● Eating

Nov 1st, 2017

What can you receive? The difference between back payments and retroactive benefits

Fred London Law 0 Comments Social Security Disability

It is common that many disabled applicants mix up retroactive and back payments. Like all disability benefits, retroactive are constructed on the date of filing and the start date of your disability.

If you are eligible for SS disability benefits, your odds are high that you will be qualified for back payments and maybe retroactive payments as well, depending when you were first initially disabled, when you filled out your application, and when you were accepted.

Difference between payments or retroactive benefits?

Back payments are past due benefits. They are the benefits that Social Security would have paid you as soon as you were accepted. Basically, back payments are owed to you from the date you finished your application to the day you were approved for your benefits. Back payments are payable for SSI disability and SS disability.

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Retroactive benefits can be paid to you for the months you were not able to work prior to applying for disability benefits. Only SSDI applicants are entitled to these benefits. In order to receive these benefits, you need to be able to validate that you were disabled prior to applying for Social Security. You should be disabled for at least five months earlier than the day you applied. Like any other benefit, Social Security must have evidence to prove that the applicant was disabled at least seventeen months before filling out the form.

The SSI disability program doesn’t pay retroactive disability benefits — benefits can only start the same month the disability claim was filed. The applicant needs to also met the income and limit at the time to receive retroactive benefits.

In the case of someone only receiving SSDI, the back and retroactive payments can be paid in a lump sum. If someone receiving SSI, or both SSDI and SSI, the back payments can be paid six months apart in installments.

Back pay and retroactive pay can be critical to the future of your finances. As a result, it is important that you reach out to an experienced Social Security disability lawyer before you start the application process.