July 6, 2011
Indianapolis disability lawyer Scott Lewis talks to numerous clients who are suffering from cardiovascular impairments. Many of these individuals have been hospitalized on many occasions and are struggling to keep their lives on track due to the after effects of a heart attack or other heart problem. When attempting to win your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim it is important to remember there are certain aspects of your claim the Social Security Administration (SSA) is focused on. The Social Security Administration does evaluate heart problems under what they term “The Cardiovascular System” in its Listing of Impairments 4.00. This listing outlines the criteria that needs to be met for a finding of disability. This section outlines disabling cardiovascular conditions in different categories and these include: Chronic heart failure Ischemic heart disease Recurrent arrhythmias symptomatic congenital heart disease Heart transplant Aneurysm of aorta or major branches Chronic venous insufficiency Peripheral arterial disease Indiana Social Security disability claimants should keep in mind that medical records may be the key to a successful Indiana Social Security disability claim. Continued medical care by a qualified physician specializing in the area of your disabling condition can create medical records that may be very beneficial in your disability claim. A supportive physician can also help your claim by completing disability forms that outline how your heart condition affects your ability to work. Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney Scott Lewis represents many clients suffering from a heart condition that is preventing them from working and providing for themselves and their family. If you have questions concerning a Social Security disability claim, you may want to contact the SSA, an attorney, or a claimant representative. Most lawyers and claimant representatives offer a free consultation.
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June 27, 2011
Scott D. Lewis is an Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney helping individuals throughout the state of Indiana in obtaining their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. In disability attorney Scott Lewis’ experience individuals who have had a knee replacement can win a disability claim depending on the specific facts in their claim. This blog is designed to discuss some of those issues involved in a knee replacement claim. First it is important to note the Social Security Administration (SSA) does recognize this disability in its Listing of Impairments under Listing 1.02 Major Dysfunction of Joint(s). At times Indiana disability claimants are found disabled by either meeting or equaling this listing due to severe knee impairments. Although, in Mr. Lewis’ experience more individuals are found disabled by another analysis when it comes to individuals who have underwent knee replacement. If you do not equal or meet a listing, your physical residual functional capacity may be so diminished that you are unable to work. In other words, your inability to sit, stand, and/or walk for any length of time may render you unable to perform substantial gainful activity. Also, the pain you experience may make you unable to concentrate or stay on task. Many individuals with severe knee problems and/or knee replacements may find themselves in constant pain whether sitting or standing. The need for the use of a cane while at the workstation may also exclude many occupations. Individuals who need a cane while performing a standing job or a job with a sit/stand option may be considered a one-armed worker and unable to perform that type of work. Some individuals with knee and leg issues that create swelling must periodically elevate their legs to waist level to reduce swelling while at a seated job. This … Continued
June 25, 2011
Individuals suffering from panic attacks may find it difficult if not impossible to hold down steady full time employment. Indianapolis disability attorney Scott Lewis has represented many individuals with this disabling condition and understands the impact it can have on even simple activities of daily living. Many individuals suffering from panic attacks may experience an intense sudden fear that may bring with it physical reactions. The sometimes unpredictable nature of panic attacks can create an environment where some individuals are afraid to leave their homes. The symptoms of panic attacks may vary among individuals, but some common symptoms may include: Nausea Shortness of breath Racing heart Dizziness Chest pains Weakness The Social Security Administration does recognize panic attacks in its listing for Anxiety related disorders. If an individual does not precisely meet this listing there may be other ways to win your Social Security disability claim. Individuals should also be aware of the fact the Social Security Administration will consider all of your disabling conditions in combination to determine if you are unable to work and are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you have questions regarding Social Security disability benefits contact Indiana Social Security disability attorney Scott Lewis for a free consultation. Mr. Lewis handles a wide variety of claims including depression, bipolar disorder, back problems, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease among other conditions.
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June 22, 2011
Indiana disability lawyer Scott D. Lewis has helped individuals win Social Security disability claims involving Aspergers Syndrome when they found themselves initially denied. Many Indiana residents and their families are shocked when they find themselves with a notice of denial when they know this type of impairment can create a huge impact in some areas of functioning. Most of the individuals Mr. Lewis sees with Aspergers Syndrome are children and while there are many symptoms associated with Aspergers Syndrome some of the more common symptoms include: Difficulties with social interaction Repetitive behaviors and problems accepting changes in routines Hypersensitivity to textures, tastes, and sounds. Avoidance eye contact Extreme focus on one area of interest The above symptoms may vary from individual to individual and can have varying degrees of severity. It is important to note, an individual trained in the appropriate medical field can usually better assist in deciding what symptoms are generally attributed to Aspergers Syndrome. Indianapolis disability attorney Scott Lewis has talked with families who have an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome and understands the effects it may have on academic performance, social interaction, and the ability to perform work like activity. It is important to remember the Social Security Administration (SSA) does recognize Aspergers Syndrome as a disabling condition. It may be necessary to appeal your denied Indiana Social security disability claim in order to get the benefits granted that you deserve.
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May 27, 2011
Indiana disability lawyer Scott Lewis has on more than one occasion talked with individuals who are suffering from Arnold-Chari Malformation. While the definition of what is commonly called a “Chari Malformation” can be long and perhaps confusing due to complex medical terms in simple terms it is a defect in the cerebellum that it is located below a particular location. Chari Malformation may occur during the fetal period and be present at birth or it may occur as an adult. Symptoms from Chari Malformation may vary from individual to individual in severity. Some of the common symptoms may include but are not limited to: Speech problems Vision problems Gait difficulties Numbness and/or tingling Dizziness Neck pain When attempting to receive Social Security disability benefits for Chari Malformation or any other disabling condition it is usually very important to have detailed medial records. In Indianapolis Social Security attorney Scott Lewis’ experience, appropriate testing for the diagnosis of a disorder may be the key in persuading the Social Security Administration (SSA) or an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to decide in your favor. Many individuals may not suffer from any symptoms from Chari Malformation, but if your symptoms prevent you from working you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney Scott Lewis has represented individuals with Chari-Malformation and helped them receive the Social Security disability benefits they deserve.
May 13, 2011
Indiana individuals applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits may be surprised to find they have been denied benefits when they have a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney Scott D. Lewis does see individuals with this disorder turned down throughout the disability process and it could be for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons can include, but are not limited to: The Social Security Administration (SSA) simply made an error in denying the claim. Perhaps they were unable to obtain critical evidence documenting your disabling condition. In Indianapolis disability lawyer Scott Lewis’ experience, this scenario can be very common. When Mr. Lewis prepares for a case, he strives to ensure all of these crucial medical findings are submitted to the Indiana Social Security Administration. Also, Mr. Lewis attempts to get your physicians to fill out forms verifying how your disabling condition fits the Social Security Administration’s requirements. It could be that the SSA has determined your condition is not severe enough. To meet the severity level for Parkinson’s disease (or known as Parkinsonian Syndrome) by the SSA you must meet or be equal to Listing 11.06 in its Listing of impairments. If your condition does not meet the above referenced listing, does your physical or mental residual functional capacity prevent you from working? In other words, because of the Parkinson’s disease are you are limited in the areas of standing, walking, sitting, lifting, and concentrating among other areas preventing you from performing substantial gainful activity (SGA). Other factors such as your age, education, and prior work experience may also be important factors in a finding of disability. Also, it should go without saying but it is important if you are able to work or exactly how much you are able to work. The above … Continued
May 6, 2011
Scott Lewis is an Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney who gets asked many questions regarding what qualifies a person for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Every so often he speaks with a client who is unable to read or write and is struggling to find employment. These individuals are sometimes surprised to learn the Social Security Administration (SSA) may believe there are numerous jobs in the economy that do not require a person to have the ability to read or write. Does that mean you will be denied your Indiana Social Security disability benefits if you are unable to read and write? Not always, there may be other factors that come into play when deciding if you are disabled. Many Indiana residents that are unable to read and write have had difficulties obtaining an education. This can be due to a variety of factors including having learning disabilities. If you have had standardized intelligence testing (commonly known as IQ testing) and if your scores fall below a certain number you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. You may find the criteria for this can be different for children than adults. For more information you can look to Social Security’s “Listing of Impairments” under listing 112.05 for children and listing 12.05 for adults. A Vocational Expert (also know as a Job Expert) may testify at an Indiana Social Security disability hearing that some individuals with a very low mental capacity may be unable to perform even simple routine repetitive tasks. This could be due to the fact that they cannot remember simple directions and would need reminded of the work process too often by a supervisor to maintain employment. Also, if an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) decides a person may need a job coach to … Continued
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May 3, 2011
Is being on oxygen a sure winner in Social Security disability cases? In Indianapolis Social Security disability Scott Lewis’ experience, there are many variables involved in a person needing to be on oxygen and their ability to work. The thought of dragging around an oxygen tank in the workplace may sound far fetched to some, but at times Vocational Experts (job expert) may say there are occupations that a person can do while still needing the aid of oxygen. Indiana disability lawyer Scott Lewis believes if you are attempting to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because you need the aid of oxygen, you should first look to see if your medical condition meets one of the listings in Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) “Listing of Impairments”. Indiana disability appeals claimants with respiratory problems may want to look to SSA’s Listing 3.00 concerning the respiratory system. While this listing covers various respiratory issues, those with severe breathing problems may want to consider Listing 3.02 Chronic Pulmonary Insufficiency. This Listing contains various tables comparing FEV1 levels and an individual’s height and other data to determine eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. To determine your FEV1 level, Mr. Lewis suggests you contact your treating physician to arrange appropriate testing. After looking at this particular listing and some people find it confusing, but do not feel alone. Much of the material in the “Listing of Impairments” can be confusing and you may find it in your best interest to contact your physician or a qualified Social Security disability lawyr to sort through this information. If you do not meet or equal a listing,will you lose your Indiana Social Security disability appeal? Not always. It may depend on how often you are short of breath, experience chest pain, find yourself fatigued, and many other … Continued
April 28, 2011
Indianapolis disability attorney Scott D. Lewis represents disability claimants with many disabling conditions including those suffering from radiculopathy. Potential disability clients often call his office who suffer from radiculopathy, but are unsure whether this condition qualifies them for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. When your disabling condition begins to prevent you from performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), and you find yourself unable to provide for yourself and/or your family the way you used to, it may be time to inquire about Social Security disability benefits. Radiculopathy is a condition that is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a disabling condition under the SSA’s Listing of Impairment’s Spinal Disorders. If you are considering applying for Social Security disability benefits, the first step is to look through the SSA’s “Listing of Impairments” to see if you have a qualifying disability. The SSA publishes these listings as a resource for those looking to receive Social Security disability benefits. These listing are used by the SSA to decide whether or not a claimant’s disability meets the Social Security Administration’s standards for disability and whether the disability claimant should be awarded or denied disability benefits. Radiculopathy is defined under listing 1.04 Disorders of the Spine, Section A. Carefully evaluate this listing and discuss with your physician about whether or not he/she feels as though you meet or equal the criteria to be found disabled. Indiana Social Security disability attorney Scott D. Lewis often sends his client’s physicians a list of questions in hopes that they will complete these questionnaires in such a way as to show the client does indeed meet the listing, making it easier for Social Security to find the claimant disabled. If it is determined that the disability claimant does not meet or equal the listing (1.04 Disorders of the Spine, Section A) which defines radiculopathy and its … Continued
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April 7, 2011
Indiana disability attorney Scott Lewis seems to get more and more calls from his Indiana neighbors asking the above question. This may be due to medical advances being able to diagnose coronary artery disease at an early stage or perhaps simply more individuals are experiencing this cardiovascular impairment. There are many factors that go into a finding of disabled for coronary artery disease and if you are pursuing an Indiana Social Security disability claim you need to be aware of what documentation you may need to win your disability claim. Indianapolis disability attorney Scott Lewis has seen many clients denied disability benefits at the initial and reconsideration levels when they have already underwent numerous medical procedures including bypass surgeries, stent placement, and various other procedures. Some individuals have experienced heart attacks and still find themselves pulling a denial from their mailbox. Many individuals not familiar with heart problems may be shocked to find a finding of disability is not a sure thing when an individual suffers from this type of impairment. The truth is, the Social Security Administration (SSA) believes you can recover from these types of cardiovascular impairments and go on to perform substantial gainful activity. How can you win an Indiana Social Security disability claim for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits? One of the keys may be good solid comprehensive medical records. Statements from your treating physician, preferably a specialist in the cardiovascular area, stating your restrictions and inability to work can be beneficial. One way to win your Indiana Social Security disability claim is to meet or equal Social Security’s Listing of Impairments under Section 4.00 for the Cardiovascular System. The Listing of Impairments can be very rigid in their guidelines, and many Indiana disability claimants find that they don’t precisely meet … Continued
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