Social Security Disability Beneifts

Social Security Common Conditions: Epilepsy

by Staff | July 30th, 2014

Estimates show there are more than 2 million Americans suffering from epilepsy. In one-third of those cases, there is no effective treatment, leaving victims to suffer uncontrollable disruptions of electrical signals traveling between neurons in the brain.

Many epileptics are unable to work due of their medical conditions, but assistance is available through Social Security Disability that can act as a source of income. However, there are several standards that epilepsy disability cases must meet to qualify for benefits.

First, patients must be undergoing treatment for their seizures. The Social Security Administration says there must be an “ongoing relationship” between patients and the doctors treating them that shows a history of actively attempting to control the seizures. Furthermore,  doctors must thoroughly document their efforts with notes and testing of the patient’s anti-convulsant blood levels.

Other than blood level testing, SSA policies are very broad in outlining what information is needed from doctors in order for epilepsy disability claims to be approved. That’s why it’s important to have a Social Security Disability lawyer by your side if you’re seeking benefits from the SSA.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we can examine your case to clarify what documentation is needed for your claim. Call us anytime to discuss your case.

Experts Estimate Cost of Living Adjustments for Social Security Disability Recipients

by Staff | October 14th, 2013

October 14, 2013

For those unable to work due to a physical or mental condition, making ends meet with the money they receive from Social Security Disability Benefits can be extremely difficult, due to rising costs on products and services. The government addresses this issue each year though by considering a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) being made to each recipients benefit total.

While an article published by The Huffington Post explains that the exact total of the benefit increases that will be made next year, if any, are not known; experts have stated the number may be one of the lowest COLAs in history.

Data suggests that a roughly 1.5 percent increase will be made to each recipients benefit package next year. Since 1975 though, an average increase of 4.1 percent has been made annually, with the increase only being below two percent six times during those years.

The increase is figured by examining the inflation on costs of certain products and services. These costs are then input into a formula to determine how much of a benefit increase each recipient needs. Considering costs on these services have not significantly risen in the past year, the COLA is expected to be low.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how complex the Social Security Disability programs processes can be. That is why the firm is here to help anyone who is considering applying for such benefits or who has been denied in the past.

Social Security Disability Benefits Qualifications

by Staff | June 12th, 2013

June 12, 2013

When a person’s mental or physical condition leaves them facing death or unable to work for extended periods of time, they may meet Social Security Disability Benefit Qualifications. However, only certain conditions are deemed as eligible to qualify for such aid.

Even if a person suffers from a condition that allows them to collect benefits, there are still stacks of paperwork that must be supplied as evidence of the condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) says that documents and records of a diagnosis of the condition must come from a qualified physician or other medical professional. Documentation from a medical professional treating the condition may be required as well, considering they are often the ones who can supply the agency with more information regarding how long the claimant will be affected.

This leaves many asking, “What kind of documentation is the SSA looking for as evidence of a disabling condition?” Items such as medical reports, laboratory results, and even transcriptions from consultations may be examined during the approval process for a claim.

Even when documentation is provided, a claim is still often denied. Records show that roughly 70 percent of initial claims filed for disability are denied.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin acknowledge the complexities of the Social Security Disability system. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney if you are considering applying for benefits or have a claim that was denied in the past.