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Student Loan Debt & Social Security Disability

Between 2005 and 2013, federal student loan balances grew substantially for the US population overall, recently topping the $1 trillion mark. Student loans have become an enormous burden to Americans unable to secure a good paying job, but consider carrying a large...

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Low Back Pain & Social Security Disability

Sooner or later everybody has low back pain. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work. But most back pain resolves with rest and NSAID medications like Ibuprofen. Many scientists and doctors think our spinal vertebra, which are...

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Migraine/Headache & Social Security Disability

June 2014 is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month: a good time to consider migraines/headaches as a basis for social security disability benefits. Medical conditions alleged as disabling are considered using what the social security administration refers to as the...

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Texas Disability Representation: Car Wreck Attorneys Move In

In the last few years prominent (in term of advertising presence) personal injury/car wreck attorneys have begun handling social security disability cases in Texas.  Tort reform in Texas has by most accounts reduced both the number of personal injury lawsuits and the...

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Affordable Care Act & Disability in Texas

Ongoing, regular medical care is crucial to establishing the presence of a severe "medically determinable impairment" needed to secure social security disability benefits in Texas and throughout the nation.  Failure to secure and sustain medical treatment for the...

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Obesity and Social Security Disability: A Texas Study

A recent academic study at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas TX focused on the incidence of obesity among disabled Americans. It found that the prevalence of obesity and what the study defined as “extreme obesity” among those with disabilities...

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Mental Illness and Disability Benefits

May 2013 is national mental illness awarement month. Mental illness continues to be the basis of many social security disability claims: in 2011 they represented 19.2% of claims. Mental problems strike the old and young alike: depression accounts for nearly half of...

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Parkinson’s Syndrome and Social Security Disability

April 2013 is national Parkinson's Syndrome and Social Security Disability syndrome awareness month.  This degenerative neurological is often the basis for the award of social security disabiity benefits.  The disease is characterized by movement-related symptoms such...

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Self Employment and Social Security Disability Benefits

"Working" and receiving social security disability simply do not go together: if under social security disability guidelines an individual is engaging in what social security calls "substantial gainful activity" (SGA) they are not eligible for social security...

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Choosing a Social Security Disability Attorney (Part 5 of 5)

To wrap up my series on choosing a social security disability lawyer, I have urged you to consider the main features of disability representatives:  big or small, national or local, and disability-only or multipractice firms.  Deciding on these key features will then...

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Social Security Disability & Lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly known as Lupus, is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own tissues.  This autoimmune form of arthritis affects approximately 1 person in every 1000 people and it is 9 times more common in...

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Social Security Disability & Arthritis

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.  In recognition of  Arthritis Awareness Month for the month of May 2012 I will focus several blog posts on arthritis and social security disability...

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Common & Dangerous Myths (5th of 5 Parts): “I will Get Disability if I Just Convince the Judge I am an Honest & Good Person Who Really Needs Help”

This is a subtle point that I have come to over the past 20 years of representing social security disability applicants.  Of course no one specifically tells me that they believe that they will get disability if they just show the Administrative Law Judge what a good,...

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Social Security Disability & Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus is one of our most serious diseases, both in Texas and through out the world. People with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, do not always qualify for Social Security disability benefits. There must be serious problems with diabetes in order to get...

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Binder and Binder Draws Unwanted Attention from Congress

Binder and Binder is the largest social security disability advocate firm in the country.  I doubt there is a single TV viewer who has not seen attorney Charles Binder in his cowboy hat urging social security disability applicants to "let them take care of the...

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“Do I have to have back surgery to get disability?”

Social security disability applicants are often in the process of considering various medical procedures that have been recommended by doctors.  For example, the back surgeon wants to do a lumbar fusion or the pain management doctor wants to implant a spinal...

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99% Approval Rate of ALJ Draws Media Critism

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal profiled Social Security Administrative Law Judge David B. Daugherty of Huntington West Virginia and the fact that he approves nearly all disability claims that come before him. Here is a link to the...

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Putting your Best Face(book) Forward?

My fellow social security disability lawyer Jonathan Ginsberg has written an excellent blog on the dangers that social media and Facebook may pose to social security disability...

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Have You Heard Anything Yet?

I have thought carefully about making this post, and I want to tread very carefully on this subject. It is well-known that the biggest complaints that clients have about their social security disability attorney is the failure to return phone calls promptly. And all...

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Debt Collection and Social Security Disability Benefits

Federal Law prohibits the seizure of Social Security Disability Benefits to collect on a debt. But many debt collectors do not follow the law (what a surprise). Debt collectors who have secured a money judgment sometimes go after money held in bank accounts of Social...

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Social Security Disability Fraud

Texas workers are, to say the least, very frustrated when they receive a social security denial. At least 2 or 3 times a week I talk to claimants who are even more frustrated that they know persons in the community getting social security disability who are not nearly...

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Social Security Disability and Age: It Does Matter

We seem to live in a culture obsessed by age, and the Social Security disability rules seem to reflect that. Etiquette and good manners tell us that it is rude to ask a woman how old they are. But unfortunately I have to be rude every day when I talk to folks in my...

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