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November 2018 Archives

Are you suffering from one of these disabling conditions?

Did you know that you have a 33 percent chance of becoming disabled before you reach retirement age? Your disability might be temporary or permanent and may be due to an injury or illness. Here are the most common reasons why workers in St. Louis and other areas of the country could become disabled:

Chronic pain sufferers more vulnerable to suicide than others

Many who suffer from severe back pain describe it as crippling or debilitating. Very few of us heard it called deadly, though. The truth is that it might as well be, especially considering how research shows that those who suffer from chronic pain also have a higher risk of becoming depressed and suicidal.

What happens after a disability benefits application submission?

When you file for Social Security Disability (SSD), you'll generally be asked to undergo testing or medical examinations before a decision is made whether to approve or deny your application for benefits. It's the responsibility of each state's Disability Determination Services (DDS) to determine whether your condition qualifies as a disability under existing Social Security laws.

Can I get Social Security Disability based on depression?

When most people think of a disabling condition, they tend to think of physical problems such as a bad back or a serious disease. A mental health condition can affect your ability to work just as much as a physical one. If your depression causes diminished functioning that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits based on a diagnosis of major depressive disorder. 

Changes are coming to Social Security in 2019

Each year around mid-October, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announces how its benefits programs will be changing during the following year. These updates often have to do with what it takes to qualify for benefits and how much of increase in payments beneficiaries may see. There are at least a half dozen changes that are expected in 2019.

Poor documentation leads to Alzheimer's disability claim denials

Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease is one of few conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) includes on its Compassionate Allowances list. Anyone with a disease listed here can have their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits application expedited.