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What Kinds of Arthritis Qualify you for Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Arthritis occurs as a result of inflammation in the joints of the body. It can be caused by obesity, old age, fractures in the bones, or bacterial and viral infections. Arthritis can limit one’s ability to perform everyday activities due to the swelling and pain of the joints.

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Topics: Disability Medical Requirements, Is Arthritis a Disability

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Ulcerative Colitis?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Ulcerative colitis is a type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine. It causes ulcers and inflammation in the lining of the intestine, leading to thickening and scarring to the point where excess fluid cannot be properly retained. Symptoms of the disease include anemia, abdominal cramping that come and go, and, in some cases, diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue, among others.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements, Ulcerative Colitis

Spring Hill Disability Medical Evidence Requirements

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you are seeking Disability and Supplemental Security Income, then you realize how complex the processing of your case can be. That’s why Disability Experts of Florida is here.

We aim to help speed up and smooth the filing of your case so that you can get the benefits you need as quickly and as stress-free as possible.If you’re at the point where you’re filing for SSI or SSD, then you already know you do not need any additional stress.

Understanding the Social Security Administration’s medical evidence requirements can be tough; as SSI and SSD advocates, we keep abreast of all developments and have an intimate working knowledge of the SSA. It’s to your advantage to seek representation when filing for your benefits.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, SSA Eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements

Determining What Medical Conditions You can Apply and Qualify For

Posted by Scott Flexer

Wondering if your medical condition qualifies you for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)? The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses medical evidence, as well as objective financial eligibility requirements (for SSI), to determine whether you qualify or not. Keep in mind, this is dependent on a multitude of factors (such as work credits, if applicable), and eligibility for SSDI is not based upon need.

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Medical Evidence Requirements for the SSA

Posted by Scott Flexer

In making official determinations for disability or SSI claims, the Social Security Administration will use medical evidence as the primary deciding factor for awarding or denying benefits. Without full documentation of your condition, receiving benefits from the SSA becomes extremely difficult; this is why it’s so important for disability applicants to understand how the SSA views medical evidence, and what factors the SSA considers in making determinations.

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Topics: Disability Medical Requirements, SSDI Benefits, SSI benefits

Medical Eligibility for Benefits in 100 Words

Posted by Scott Flexer

For disability benefits through SSDI, your condition must be officially classified as a disability by the SSA, and expected to last at lease one year or already have lasted on year.

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Topics: disability benefits, Disability Medical Requirements, SSDI Benefits

What Does "Disability" Really Mean?

Posted by Scott Flexer

We’ve all heard about Social Security Disability; it’s perpetually in the news. However, until one of us is actually faced with the unfortunate prospect of having to seek SSD benefits, it’s a great probability that we really don’t understand the program or its actual purpose. According to the Social Security Administration, studies reveal that an average 20-year-old worker has a 3 in 10 chance that he or she will become disabled before their retirement. The fact that each of us has a 30% chance of becoming disabled at some point before we retire tends to nibble away at our illusions of safety. It’s prudent to at least familiarize ourselves with what terms like ‘disability’ actually mean.

Broadly defined, disability means the following:

  1. A physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.
  2. A disadvantage or handicap, esp. one imposed or recognized by the law.

For our purposes, the Social Security Administration focuses more on the second definition because it mentions the law. The two common programs that fall under the umbrella of disability are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Coronary Artery Disease?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Coronary Artery Disease is another problematic condition for those seeking Social Security Disability Insurance. Despite having this serious medical condition, many claimants have been denied SSD for several reasons. The most significant reason that those with coronary artery disease have been denied is the perception that it does not interfere with the individual’s ability to work.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Disability Medical Requirements, Coronary Artery Disease

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Lupus in Tampa?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Fighting for SSD and SSI in Tampa can be difficult. It’s a time-consuming, often stressful ordeal that can be made even tougher if you have certain diseases which can be difficult to document, This is particulary true without a thorough understanding of the symptoms associated with the disease. We previously discussed the problems that Crohn’s Disease might present; likewise, lupus can also be a difficult condition to properly assess. That’s why the trained staff at Disability Experts of Florida recommends hiring an experienced, savvy Social Security Disability advocate in Tampa to process your case for you.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements, lupus disease

Getting Social Security Disability Insurance in Tampa: Fibromyalgia

Posted by Scott Flexer

Currently there is not an entry in the Social Security Disability's Listing of Impairments (Blue Book) manual for the painful, often debilitating medical condition known as Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is also known as fibromyositis and Myofacial Pain Syndrome. Nevertheless, many claimants with fibromyalgia apply for disability and go on to win their SSDI benefits. For this reason, the fibromyalgia disability claimant who's been denied should not throw in the towel; instead, they should pursue their disability claim through the appeals process with the aid of a qualified disability advocate, like those at Disability Experts of Florida.  Our advocates are experienced in dealing with claimants who have conditions like fibromyalgia, . They understand how the process works and what the SSA is looking for and how to better chart a course for sufferers who are seeking to improve their lives.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Fibromyalgia, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements

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