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St. Louis Social Security Disability Law Blog

The approval odds on a Social Security Disability hearing

What are the odds of having your Social Security Disability case approved once you finally get in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)?

The answer depends largely on which ALJ hears your case. It shouldn't, but it does.

Applying for SSD benefits due to musculoskeletal injury

Navigating the complicated issues at hand when seeking Social Security disability (SSD) benefits is often an enormous challenge for those who truly need assistance. If a person who does qualify for SSD benefits does not properly understand the requirements and guidelines when filing for them, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may deny the application. That forces suffering people to wait even longer for the help they need.

Each type of injury must meet the prescribed standards outlined by the SSA in order to qualify for benefits. When a person suffers an injury to his or her musculoskeletal system, it is important to understand how to meet these standards on the first application. That ensures that the benefits do not take longer than necessary to begin. For instance, SSD benefits for musculoskeletal system injuries require that an applicant suffer significant loss of function.

Crohn’s Disease may qualify you for disability benefits

Digestive disorders are not popular subjects for discussion, but they are sometimes chronic conditions. As such, they may make your life, including your working life, very difficult.

Crohn’s Disease is one of those digestive disorders. If it is severe enough to prevent you from doing your job, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

5 changes to Social Security that may arrive by 2020

For over 75 years, Social Security has been helping qualifying individuals who have lost their income, often due to disability or retirement. Right now, that means around 42.4 million workers who have retired are getting those benefits checks every month.

Though the system's use is so widespread, that doesn't mean it stays the same every year. Changes do happen, and it's critical for those who are getting benefits -- or who may get them in the near future -- to know what these changes could look like.

Options after an SSD denial

If you are unable to work due to a disability, Social Security can provide you with necessary financial assistance. However, sometimes the Social Security Administration may deny certain claims, and if the claimants do not agree, they must choose to fight the decision

There are a couple of ways to handle a denial. In order to select the right one, a claimant must understand the difference. 

Can I get SSDI if my injury causes me to become depressed?

If you suffer from persistent back pain or some other chronic medical condition in St. Louis, you may also end up with a diagnosis of depression and anxiety. It is extremely challenging to try and live your life while struggling with the pain of an injury that will not go away. You may undergo therapy and medical treatments, and rely on medications to make your condition more manageable. However, those treatments are often not enough to keep you from losing sleep, experiencing poor moods and other limitations that affect every aspect of your life. 

Because your condition is so severe, you are not able to work. You are eligible to receive SSDI benefits for your chronic back pain, but you may not realize that you may also be able to receive it if you develop depression and anxiety. 

Importance of medical care in your SSDI claim

Medical treatment may help either prevent or treat certain medical issues. In cases where you seek to claim Social Security disability benefits, it may also help in securing financial assistance.

Proper medical records and care are essential to a successful SSD claims. Take a look at its impact and components to fully understand its relevance to your case.

Going on Social Security doesn't mean the end of your usefulness

It can actually be emotionally devastating to apply for Social Security Disability.

While the benefits exist for a reason -- and are actually the only long-term disability benefits that most people have available to them -- there's such a negative connotation associated with accepting Social Security Disability that many people feel embarrassed and stigmatized when they have to do it.

Key concepts that affect SSDI

Individuals who become disabled and are no longer able to take care of themselves and their loved ones may find it hard to survive. For this reason, there is government assistance available, such as SSDI benefits.

If you or a loved one seek SSDI, it is important to understand what you may expect and what the government expects of you. When dealing with SSDI, there are a few key concepts you should know.

3 tips for living with a chronic condition

When you receive a diagnosis for a chronic condition such as arthritis, cancer, kidney disease or Parkinson’s disease, it blindsides you. It is normal to experience confusion, sadness, fear and anger when you get this kind of news. However, you can learn to manage your emotions and face your chronic condition with resolve. 

Your disease or illness will be a large part of your life, and it is important to practice self-care. Here are some strategies for coping with a chronic illness.