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One of the most difficult challenges you may face in your life is adjusting to life with a disability. Sometimes we don’t really appreciate how lucky we are to be healthy. Then when our health is gone, we obsess about what we have lost. While you can’t go back in time and change what has […]

We all experience pain now and again. But can pain be a disability for purposes of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI”)? It can, if it meets the medical and evidentiary requirements for “disabled” as defined by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). Pain and Disability Benefits. To qualify for SSDI benefits, in addition to meeting […]

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) proceeds quickly and with great sensitivity when a person with a terminal illness applies for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). The SSA’s Terminal Illness Program. Disability applications that are based on a condition that it expected to result in a person’s death, […]

Many times people who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits think that their medical diagnosis is the most important part of their disability application or case. While your medical condition is, of course, very important, it is not the only thing that the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) looks at in making a disability […]

Over 75% of all Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI”) applications are denied by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). If your disability application is denied, should you appeal the denial, or should you just file a new claim? As experienced social security disability attorneys with offices in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Lebanon, Poplar Bluff and a […]

Seeking medical treatment for any illness or injury is always important. But if you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), having a treating physician and medical records to support your claim can mean the difference between an award of benefits and a denial. Unfortunately, not everyone who needs a doctor […]

If you have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI”) on the grounds of “other work” what exactly does that mean? The Disability Benefits Decision Process. When you apply for SSDI benefits, you fill out an application (hopefully with the help of experienced disability counsel) support it with all necessary medical evidence, and wait […]

For many people with disabilities, service dogs provide comfort, companionship and often life-saving assistance. We are all familiar with the quintessential service dog— the guide dog for the blind— and everyone has gotten used to seeing these working dogs in public places. But more and more we are starting to see people bringing their dogs […]

Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) benefits are not only for physical disabilities, illnesses or impairments. People can often get disability benefits due to debilitating mental or psychological conditions. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (known as “PTSD”) is one of them. PTSD—What it is. PTSD is a psychiatric anxiety disorder that can occur in […]

In today’s world of high pressure, instant results and multi-tasking, who doesn’t feel stressed and anxious? Many of us struggle with stress and anxiety. But there is a world of difference between being “stressed out,” and having a debilitating condition that interferes with your ability to function and earn a living. If you have a […]