Social Security Disability and Using a Cane or other Assistive Device.

Social Security disability and using a cane or other assistive device. When the Social Security Administration (SSA) analyzes your claim to determine whether you can work, there are certain things that can enhance your ability to get your benefits.  A cane, walker, wheelchair, or other assistive device can be a crucial factor in getting the […]

Things You Can Do to Help in Your Social Security Disability Claim

There are things you can do that may enhance your ability to win your Social Security disability claim.  If you are just sitting back hoping the Social Security Administration (SSA) is going to find you disabled, you may be in for an unfavorable outcome.  You should be proactive in your claim and if you need […]

Does Bipolar Disorder Qualify Me for Social Security Disability?

Have you filed an application for Social Security Disability due to Bipolar Disorder?  If you have applied, or you are thinking about applying, there are things you should know about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) will examine your claim for disability.  Mental health claims can be difficult to prove compared to physical disability claims. […]

Be Careful of What You Do and Say at Your Social Security Disability Examination

Be careful of what you do and say at your Social Security disability examination.  There is a high probability you will be asked to attend a physical and/or mental examination for the Social Security Administration (SSA) when you apply for Social Security disability.  These examinations are called Consultative Exams, commonly referred to as a “CE”.  […]

Can I receive social security disability if I cannot sit for long?

Can I receive Social Security disability if I cannot sit for long?  The Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at a variety of things when determining if you can work, and the length of time you are able to sit is one such limitation.  The SSA classifies occupations into several different exertional levels, and a sedentary […]

Can I Receive Social Security Disability If I Have Panic Attacks?

Can I receive Social Security Disability if I have panic attacks?  Many of my clients diagnosed with an Anxiety-Related Disorder have panic attacks.  Due to the severity, frequency, and unexpected onset of a panic attack, it may be difficult or even impossible to secure and maintain a full-time job.  If you find that you still […]

What Happens To My Disability Claim If I Pass Away?

What happens to my disability claim if I pass away?  A sad reality of many disability claims is that a person applying for disability benefits may pass away before their claim is resolved. A disability claim can sometimes take two years or more to resolve.  For claimants with severe medical conditions, they may not survive […]

What You Do in Your Spare Time Matters When Trying to Get Social Security Disability

What you do in your spare time matters when trying to get Social Security disability.  The big question when trying to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is whether you can work a full-time job.  So why does the Social Security Administration (SSA) care what you do in your […]

Will My Doctor Testify at My Social Security Disability Hearing?

Will my doctor testify at my Social Security disability hearing?  It is very rare that a treating physician will take the time to appear at your hearing.  Unless you have a personal relationship with your physician, you will probably find it very difficult to convince your doctor to attend a hearing.  I have found that […]