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Social Security Common Conditions: Breast Cancer

by Staff | October 17th, 2014

Data from the National Cancer Institute indicates 232,670 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and 40,000 patients will lose their battle with the disease.

To help educate the public about the impact of breast cancer, the month of October has been named National Breast Cancer Awareness month. That’s why the legal team at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin is doing their part by providing vital information about the disease and what resources are available to those who suffer from it.

What Is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer occurs when the cells begin to reproduce in an out of control manner in the breasts. The lumps of cells that are created are called tumors, for which there are two classifications—malignant (cancerous) and benign.

If the tumors break apart, the can travel, spread, and grow in other parts of the body. This can spread the cancer rapidly, which is why treatment is so important.

What Options Are Available for Those With Breast Cancer?

Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy have all been found effective in treating breast cancer. But these treatments can be costly and take their toll on the body. The patient may be left unable to work due to the disabling nature of the disease.

For those with a cancer disability, you may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Being approved for the program can be difficult though and seeking legal advice prior to beginning the application process is often advised.

Get a Social Security Disability Lawyer.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our team of Social Security Disability attorneys are available to speak with you about your questions regarding your rights to benefits. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to get the legal help you need.

Knowing Your Benefits Is Crucial When Applying for Social Security Disability

by Staff | October 13th, 2014

Accidents and illnesses can strike at any time, leaving Americans unable to work and without income. Many citizens who find themselves in such situations may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but the wait times for approvals can be long and mistakes are sometimes made by the Social Security Administration (SSA) during the claims process.

To help protect you from these issues and make applying for Social Security Disability as painless as possible, the attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have created a list of several steps you can take to help ensure you get the benefits you’re owed.

  1. Sign Up For My Social Security– Regularly checking your earned benefits will not only give you a good idea of what you can expect at retirement or in the event you become disabled, but it will also allow you to check for any mistakes that have been made in your earnings. Any errors should be reported to the SSA for correction.
  2. Check Your Statements– The SSA had stopped sending paper statements to workers several years ago, but recently began the process of distributing these documents again. Working age Americans will receive the statements every five years, and they should be examined in the same manner as My Social Security accounts.
  3. Apply As Soon As Possible– The Social Security Administration says it can take the average Social Security Disability claim longer than a year to have a decision issued. So the sooner your application is submitted, the sooner a decision can be reached.

If you’re considering applying for Social Security Disability or have a claim that’s been denied in the past, a Social Security Disability lawyer can help you determine the best course of action for your case. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve helped many people with their claims and want to do the same for you. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to speak with our legal team.

Social Security Disability Rule Extended to Expedite Compassionate Allowances Claims

by Staff | September 17th, 2014

If an injury or illness has left you unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. But it’s important to remember that it can take time for your claim to be processed.

Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicates the wait time for a decision to be reached on disability claims may be longer than one year, despite the agency having a goal of processing all new claims in a fraction of that time.

To help alleviate the backlog of unprocessed disability claims, the SSA has announced it will extend the expiration date for a rule enacted to expedite the claims process for certain applicants. A press release states the regulation allows state agency disability examiners to approve or deny claims without receiving the approval of a medical or psychological consultant in cases that fall under either the Quick Disability Determination or Compassionate Allowances processes.

The rule was set to expire on Nov. 15, but has been extended until Nov. 13, 2015. Officials hope extending the expiration date will allow the SSA to speed up their approval process by permitting medical staff to focus only on cases that require professional opinions.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how complex the Social Security Disability process can be and are hopeful this extension will help expedite the processing of claims.

From Then to Now: Social Security Is 79 Years Old Today

by Staff | August 15th, 2014

On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved the bill that would become the foundation for the Social Security program. Since that time, nearly 56 million Americans have received benefits from the program.

Many of these individuals are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, leaving many wondering what some of the most common types of disabilities are. Data indicates musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause for disability claims today. These conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

Some of the other leading causes for disability claims today include certain cancers, diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes.

The Council for Disability Awareness explains says personal lifestyle choices are also becoming more prominent contributing factors in the conditions that qualify individuals for Social Security Disability. Factors that increase a person’s chances of suffering from a disabling condition include tobacco use, excess body weight, engagement in high risk activities and behaviors, and affliction with a chronic health condition.

There are several behaviors that can reduce your chances of suffering from a disability, such as eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, and exercising regularly.

The Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are happy to see the Social Security Disability system thriving decades after its inception.

How to Determine Your Social Security Disability Eligibility

by Staff | July 14th, 2014

There are many struggles you may face if you’re unable to work because of an injury or illness, but one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome is getting financial support to cover your day-to-day expenses. Luckily, programs like Social Security Disability (SSD) are available for many suffering from disabilities. However, you may have questions about qualifying for SSD benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines Social Security Disability eligibility by asking three questions:

  • Can you do the work you did prior to accident or illness?
  • Is there other work you are capable of doing?
  • Will your condition last longer than on-year?

Depending on your answers to these questions, you may qualify for SSD benefits, but there are other factors that must be considered before your benefit claim will be approved. An informative video from Daily Finance explains two of these factors:

  • Wages– The SSA determines whether you make enough money to cover your own expenses. If not, you make qualify for benefits. It’s important to remember you can continue earning a small income while still receiving SSD through programs such as Ticket to Work.
  • Your Condition– Depending on the injury or illness you’re suffering from, you may automatically qualify for benefits through Compassionate Allowances.

Having a Social Security Disability attorney by your side can prove beneficial when applying for SSD benefits. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we are here to help you answer any questions you may have if you are considering applying for SSD benefits, or if you have a claim that’s been denied in the past. Call anytime for a free consultation of your case.

5 Facts About Social Security Disability And Its Recipients

by Staff | July 9th, 2014

If there’s one thing in life that can be expected, it’s that the unexpected will occur. Each year, millions of Americans are afflicted with an unforeseen injury or illness that leaves them unable to work and without a source of income. Luckily, programs like Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income exist to assist those with a disability during their time of need.

You may be asking, “What does the typical disabled American of today look like?” A release from the Center for American Progress takes a glimpse into these demographics and finds a few interesting common factors amongst those who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits. They include:

  • The average monthly payment to a Social Security Disability recipient is $1,140 per month.
  • Most beneficiaries are terminally ill, with one in five dying within five years of being awarded benefits.
  • Mental impairment is the most common disability that is reported in the United States, accounting for 31.8 percent of all claims that are approved.
  • Roughly 70 percent of beneficiaries are between the ages of 50 and 60 with the average age of a Social Security Disability recipient being 53-years-old.
  • Most Social Security Disability benefit recipients have a lower income and a physically demanding job.

If you’re suffering from a condition that has left you unable to work and struggling to make ends meet, help is available. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our team of Social Security Disability lawyers can help you navigate the Social Security system to get the benefits that are rightfully yours. Contact us to speak about your case anytime by calling (866) 684-7216 or by completing the free online consultation form on our website.

Housing for People With Intellectual Disabilities Coming to Irvine

by Staff | July 7th, 2014

When people suffer from developmental or intellectual disabilities, life often has a very unique set of hurdles that must be overcome. The parents of many of these individuals often must ensure their disabled children can be cared for after they are gone. While Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income can provide some financial support, neither program supplies housing. Furthermore, the limits on income these programs establish can prevent those with intellectual disabilities from securing their own housing.

This is why the City of Irvine, California, has adopted a policy to create housing opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The OC Register explains the City Council recently approved a measure that requires developers to offer a certain number of units in any new housing project to those with intellectual disabilities at affordable prices. If developers wish to opt out, they must pay money towards the Irvine Community Land Trust.

Offering these units below market value allows disabled citizens the opportunity to secure a home while staying within the strict income limitations established by the Social Security Administration.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Social Security Disability Lawyers know how difficult it can be for a disabled individual to make ends meet. That’s why we commend the City of Irvine for making efforts to accommodate these citizens and hope other cities will follow in their footsteps.

Now’s The Time To Apply For Social Security Disability, Here’s Why

by Staff | June 18th, 2014

Receiving Social Security Disability benefits can be effective in helping those who are unable to work due to a health condition make ends meet; however, the funds that are used to pay these awards is drying up and could lead to the millions of Social Security Disability recipients not receiving their full benefits.

Social Security Disability payments come from taxes that are collected from the income of workers. As more individuals claim to be unable to work and a large portion of the workforce prepares to retire, there is less money coming into the system.

According to CNN News, these shifts will result in Social Security Disability funds drying up in the next two years. This would mean that benefit recipients would receive only 80 percent of the total award they are given when their claim is approved.

Considering the current average Social Security Disability payment is $1,146 per month, these changes would mean many disabled workers would have to live on a meager $229 per week—a number that is well below the poverty line.

These changes mean it is important for those who are considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits to go ahead and do so before the funding situation becomes more dire. Hiring a qualified Social Security Disability Lawyers may also prove beneficial in helping to ensure you get the maximum benefit payment that is available to you.

At the law firm Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we are well versed in what it takes to get Social Security Disability claims approved and are here to help. Call us anytime to discuss your situation and determine what the best course of action for your claim will be.

Social Security Commission Proposed to Solve Program Issues

by Staff | June 2nd, 2014

Most Americans depend on the Social Security system as a resource for income and assistance if they become disabled. But budget shortfalls and a growing number of recipients have placed a strain on the Social Security Disability program.

To help address these issues, legislators have proposed creating a Social Security committee that will work to create solutions to the program’s problems. The proposal plans to achieve this by having a 13-member panel investigate the shortcomings of the program and create a list of suggestions that would remedy each issue.

The Washington Post states the goal is to create a 75-year sustained longevity for both Social Security Disability benefits and retirement benefits.

Solutions to Social Security insolvency have been proposed in the past but have received the cold shoulder from lawmakers. The most recent proposed changes came in 2010, which included:

  • Raising the taxable income amount to 90 percent
  • Slowing down cost-of-living-adjustments (COLAs)
  • Increasing the retirement age

Our Social Security Disability attorneys at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help if you are considering applying for benefits or have a claim that has been denied in the past.

Social Security Common Conditions: Hepatitis

by Staff | April 7th, 2014

There are hundreds of diseases and conditions that can leave an individual unable to work and eligible for Social Security disability benefits, including hepatitis. The disease is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can result in the organ shutting down if not treated.

An estimated 4.4 million Americans suffer from the disease, which can be contracted a number of ways. Some of the most common causes of the disease spreading are blood transfusions or the sharing of intravenous needles, but some cases of the disease have been linked to the use of contaminated medications.

An article from FOX News detailed how the dietary supplement, OxyElite Pro, had been linked to an outbreak of more than 100 cases of the disease in more than 16 states, including Hawaii.

A case of Hepatitis can be identified by the symptoms of Liver Disease that are often associated with the infection. This can include:

  • Hypertensive Gastropathy
  • Hemorrhaging of Internal Organs
  • Fluid Buildup Around The Lungs
  • Infection of the Abdominal Cavity
  • Deteriorating Kidney Function
  • Broadening of Blood Vessels
  • Liver Failure

Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Social Security Disability Lawyers have seen how difficult life can be for those suffering from a Hepatitis infection and urge those individuals to seek counsel with a reputable attorney immediately to discuss the financial options that are available.