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Can Migraines Be A Disability?

Migraine headaches can be the basis for a finding of entitlement to Disability Benefits.  In determining if your headaches are considered to be disabling the Social Security Administration will look at the severity and frequency of the headaches. It is important that medical records contain a very detailed description of the typical headache symptoms, duration […]

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Can I get disability for my heart condition?

If you have a heart condition that makes it difficult or impossible to work, you may want to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits.  Even if you do not have a long work history, you may be eligible for benefits, or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  But, before you start a claim, you will […]

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Social Security service declines as waits at offices grow

Social Security Disability can be long and frustrating. As the wait-times increase, the service is declining, according to this article. Here is an excerpt: Unlike his fellow Republicans, President-elect Donald Trump has pledged not to reduce Social Security benefits. From his vantage point in Trump Tower, however, he might not realize that Social Security service […]

Social Security disability benefits backlog is lengthy

Thousands of people nationwide seeking disability assistance are waiting months, or even years, for Social Security to hear their cases. The numbers for the Salt Lake City Office of Disability Adjudication and Review as of late September 2016 indicate an 18 month wait time from the date that a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge […]

Social Security applicants struggle for disability benefits

Social Security benefits can often be difficult to receive. This article by Elizabeth Earl of thePeninsula Clarion, provides a case study of an Alaskan fisherman and the process that many people go through when attempting to access benefits. Elizabeth includes the waiting game, the potential oversight, the medicine and the law that is common in […]

Consultative Examinations

When seeking Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, in  many claims, the Social Security Administration will schedule Consultative Examinations for you.  It will then use the results to help them determine the severity of your impairments. Do I need a consultative exam? Consultative examinations are conducted at the request and expense of the […]

Intellectual Disability

The rule which directs how a claim for intellectual disability, learning disability, mental retardation, low IQ or special needs is called Social Security Listing 12.05.  The listing states that if a person has a valid IQ score of 59 or less, and also displays adaptive functioning deficits that were present prior to the age of […]

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