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Social Security Common Conditions: Kidney Disease

by Staff | November 12th, 2014

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of several conditions—including kidney disease.

What Is Kidney Disease?

The kidneys are the organs in the body that are responsible for helping filter the fluids and blood in the body. If these organs fail, deadly toxins can build up, which can lead to patients being unable to work and in need of extensive medical treatment. If not treated, it can eventually cause death.

What Help Is Available to Those with Kidney Disease?

To help with the expenses associated with costly medical bills and lost wages, the Social Security Administration considers kidney disease to be a condition that may qualify a person for Social Security Disability benefits; however, it’s important to understand the rules associated with Social Security Disability eligibility as it pertains to this particular condition, especially since the rules recently changed.

What Are Social Security’s Eligibility Rules for Those with Kidney Disease?

Officials recently altered the wording of the law to provide more clarification as to what determines when a genitourinary disorder is considered to be “frequent” or “interferes” with another aspect of daily life. Furthermore, the documentation requirements for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis were updated.

Let Us Assist You

These changes can bring up questions among many kidney disease sufferers regarding their legal rights to Social Security Disability benefits, and our team of attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help. To speak with one of our Social Security Disability attorneys about your case, call us at (800) 477-7315.

Don’t Hesitate if You’re Considering Applying for Social Security Disability

by Staff | August 11th, 2014

If you’ve been considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, there’s no better time than now. Not only are there limits on the amount of time that can pass between the diagnosis of your disability and seeking benefits, but funding for benefits is beginning to run out as well.

In most instances, there is a five-year statute of limitations on applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Having this time can be beneficial because it may take time for a condition to manifest itself, especially if it’s work-related. However, it’s best to file your claim as soon as possible so you have time to gather the necessary documents and evidence needed to support your claim.

It’s also important to remember the 60 day time limit to file appeals after a denial.

NBC News is reporting that the trust that supplies funding for disabled Americans could run dry within the next two years. This could mean that the sooner a decision is reached on your disability claim, the more likely you are to receive full benefits.

If you’ve been considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, don’t hesitate. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our team of Social Security Disability attorneys are here to answer your questions and help you navigate the processes to receive the benefits you deserve. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to speak with our legal staff.

How the SSA Plans on Getting Social Security Disability to More Americans

by Staff | August 4th, 2014

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has come under heavy scrutiny for failing to meet both a sustainable budget and processing deadlines for new Social Security Disability claims. However, the agency recently announced its plan to address these problems with advancements in technology and a better strategy.

The SSA’s Open Government Plan 3.0 outlines four goals:

    1. Improve Transparency- The SSA would like to expand presence on the web, provide better data for research, better utilize social media, and provide workers with better tools to do their job.
    2. Expand Participation- Officials aim to improve the public’s ability to get information from and access to the agency.
    3. Increase Collaboration- The agency would like to have more interaction and a better ability to share information with other organizations.
    4. Internalize Open Government Principles- Employees of the SSA can expect to give more feedback and see more efforts to supply the materials they need.

      The agency plans to reach these objectives by increasing the functionality of the My Social Security network and reforming internal policies and procedures. Some of those changes include better data analysis and reporting of metrics, as well as developing sustainability with automation. Officials are hopeful these improvements will result in more disabled Americans getting Social Security Disability benefits.

      If you need help applying for benefits, contact the Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today. We’re here to assist you with your claim—even if you’ve been denied by the SSA in the past.

      Going Online for Social Security Benefits

      by Staff | June 6th, 2014

      New estimates from the Social Security Administration (SSA) show an estimated 10.9 million recipients of Social Security Disability benefits—an increase from previous totals.

      The SSA has become bogged down in paperwork due to the increase in case loads, which is why it is more important than ever before to utilize the SSA’s online programs and services.

      The SSA began using web-based services in 1994, making this year the agency’s 20th anniversary of being online. Since that time, the opportunities that have been made available to Social Security recipients through the Internet have surpassed expectations.

      “My Social Security” is one of the system’s crowning achievements, allowing beneficiaries to keep track of statements, get benefit verification letters, and examine payments from the comforts of their home computers. Previously, getting these items was something you had to visit the local Social Security office to do.

      Social Security Disability application forms can now be completed and submitted online as well.

      Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin’s Social Security Disability attorneys understand the importance of utilizing online services for benefits from the Social Security Administration. That’s why we encourage you to take a look at these options if you are a disability recipient, are considering applying for benefits, or have a claim that has been denied in the past.

      February Focuses On Raising Awareness of Debilitating Diseases

      by Staff | February 7th, 2014

      February 7, 2014

      The month of February is a time to raise awareness of several debilitating conditions many Americans face every day.

      The American Heart Association has named February American Heart Month, in the hopes of raising awareness of how more than 700,000 Americans suffer heart attacks and another 600,000 are afflicted with Heart Disease each year.

      Tuesday was World Cancer Day as well, which is an opportunity to increase the public’s knowledge about all types of the disease.

      The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin highlight just how crucial and important Social Security Disability benefits can be to a person who is suffering from a debilitating disease. This month also serves as a stark reminder of how difficult getting disability benefits can be.

      Social Security Administration estimates show that as many as 60 percent of initial disability claims are denied. Even if a claim is approved, the process to do so could take months, or even years, to complete.

      That’s why the team of Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say it is so important for an individual seeking disability benefits to have an experienced and reputable attorney by their side throughout the process.

      If you are considering applying for disability benefits or have a claim that was denied in the past, call us today at (866) 684-7216 to discuss your claim.

      Video Conferencing Available For Those Filing Social Security Disability Claims

      by Staff | August 9th, 2013

      August 9, 2013

      When a disabled citizen applies for Social Security Disability Benefits, their claim must typically go thorough a series of hearings and interviews before being approved. In the past, these formal inquests were done face-to-face, leaving many disabled individuals struggling with mobility and transportation issues.

      Now though, there may be a solution to this particular problem. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been utilizing video conferencing technology to conduct official meetings and hearings with claimants. The system works by having both the claimant and SSA officials log into the video conferencing software from the comfort of their homes or offices.

      Experts say the program allows for hearings to be scheduled in a more timely manner, cuts both costs and travel time, and may lead to quicker decisions being issued.

      Data collected by the SSA shows the new program is considered a success as well, considering more than 150,000 sessions were held online through the program last year alone. Due to this, the agency is working to further implement video conferencing into its processes.

      The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud the efforts being made to create a more efficient application process for disability benefits. The firm is hopeful the technology can be utilized to get those who are desperately struggling for assistance the care they need and deserve.

      Law Aims To Cut SSD Wait Times For Terminally Ill

      by Staff | July 22nd, 2013

      July 22, 2013

      One of the most significant problems the Social Security Disability system faces today is the long waits. A large majority of these individuals are extremely ill and many never survive long enough for an outcome to be reached in their claim.

      In an effort to help correct this issue, two senators from Wyoming and another from Ohio introduced a bill they are sponsoring that would slash the amount of time it takes to process a Social Security Disability Claim for a terminally ill patient.

      The Expedited Disability Insurance Payments for Terminally Ill Individuals Act of 2013 would require that two different doctors in the same field, working for separate practices, diagnose a terminally ill individual’s condition. Then, the patient would begin immediately receiving partial benefit payments.

      According to the Billings Gazette, during the first month, the patient would receive 50 percent of a full benefit payment and would receive a 75 percent payment during the second month. Months three through 12, the individual would receive full benefits.

      The Social Security Administration would be required to track the payments and report how many recipients survived past the six and 12-month marks of receiving benefits.

      The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud the reforms and are hopeful the reforms will be approved during the next legislative session.

      How To Begin Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits

      by Staff | May 13th, 2013

      May 13, 2013

      When an individual suffers from a condition or injury that leaves him or her unable to work for longer than one year, the only source of income available may be Social Security Disability Benefits. However, the process for filing and getting approval on a claim can sometimes prove to be a difficult and complex process.

      This leaves many citizens with questions regarding the process and what qualifies an individual for benefits. An article from the Mansfield News Journal discusses these topics in detail and offers several tips for making the process as streamlined as possible.

      Due to the process of filing for benefits taking up to 125 days, experts suggest applying for benefits as soon as possible. When an individual applies, he or she will need several pieces of documentation, including:

      • Medical records indicating a debilitating condition
      • Contact information for doctors and hospitals
      • Employer contact information
      • A tax return from the previous year

      Once this information has been gathered, the potential beneficiary will need to begin the application process. This can be completed three ways. They can go to a local Social Security office, apply over the phone, or apply online. The latter of the three has become the preferred method in recent years.

      The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that due to the confusing nature of Social Security law, it may also be a good idea to discuss your legal rights with an attorney if you are considering applying for benefits.

      Number Of Social Security Disability Recipients On The Rise

      by Staff | April 26th, 2013

      April 26, 2013

      New information released by the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows that the number of individuals receiving Social Security Disability Benefits is continuing to climb. Data indicated that approximately 80,000 individuals were enrolled into the program this month alone, while another 300,000 have been approved for benefits so far this year.

      The cause of the massive influx is being partially attributed to a growing number of claims being approved for conditions that can often be very difficult to verify, such as pain and mood disorders.

      The program is also incurring major costs from Medicare, as disability recipients are eligible for the coverage after two years. These costs have added strain to the system to the tune of roughly $80 billion annually.

      A story released by Investor’s Business Daily explained that the massive volume of workers coming into the system, combined with the program’s inability to bring in sufficient funding from payroll tax revenues, is causing a depletion of the trust established for benefits to be paid from. Experts say the program could be out of money by as early as 2016. If no resolution is found by that time, benefit payouts could be drastically slashed.

      The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out the problems currently plaguing the Social Security system could make it more difficult for an applicant to gain approval. That’s why the firm suggests anyone considering applying for benefits first discuss their legal options with an attorney.

      Will The Sequester Affect Social Security Disability Benefit Claims?

      by Staff | March 20th, 2013

      March 20,2013

      With thousands of federal employees facing the requirement of taking furloughed time off due to sequestration, many feel this action may do nothing but harm people. According to the Shelton Herald, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro feels the elderly and disabled may be some of the hardest hit by this sort of shut down.

      The sequester will require employees of the Social Security Administration, who typically process claims for Social Security Disability and retirement benefits, to take unpaid time off from work in an effort to meet budgetary constraints. For the past several years, the agency has been operating at roughly 8 percent below budget already. DeLauro says the combination of a lack of both funding and now manpower will only further lengthen wait times for benefit claims processing.

      DeLauro goes on to explain the elderly will be most affected by the furlough. She claims the Social Security program is an integral part of keeping the elderly above financial poverty levels. The Congresswoman went on to point out how the program had helped decrease the number of citizens below poverty level from 30 percent in the 1950’s to around 10 percent today.

      The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how the sequester may affect a person’s ability to have a claim for Social Security benefits processed. The firm urges anyone preparing to file a claim to contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.