Medical Issues

How to Prove You’re Disabled

by Patrick Spencer September 18, 2013
You have the burden of proof

To prove disability you need: Documentation. Documentation. Documentation. Knowing you’re disabled and proving you’re disabled to a judge are two VERY different things.You may have very serious medical issues that affect your ability to work. But if your conditions aren’t written down by your doctors, you’re not likely to get approved for disability benefits. “Anyone […]

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Ask a Lawyer: Could I get SSI for anxiety disorder??

by Patrick Spencer June 9, 2011
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We received a question from a young woman suffering from anxiety disorder. She wants to know if she can get social security disability based on her mental illness. Q: Could I get SSI for anxiety disorder?? I am 22 years old and I cannot work anywhere because my disorder prevents me from being in crowds […]

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Where Can I Get Help with Medical Care While I Am Applying for Social Security Disability?

by Patrick Spencer June 8, 2010
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This post will cover the two most urgent needs that you will face while  you wait for your claim to be processed by Social Security: medical care and prescription coverage. Getting medical care when you have filed an application for disability benefits is crucial. Social Security places a big emphasis on what is in your medical records. […]

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BiPolar Disorder and Social Security Benefits

by Patrick Spencer January 14, 2010

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mood disorder that causes extreme swings in mood — from manic highs to depressive lows. To be diagnosed with bipolar disorder you must have experienced a high period (mania or hypomania). Most people with bipolar disorder experience more lows than highs. These lows are known as “bipolar depression.” The symptoms […]

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Can I Get Social Security Benefits for Migraine Headaches?

by Patrick Spencer January 6, 2010

Yes you can. With the proper case preparation and documentation, it is possible to convince Social Security that you cannot work due to your migraine headaches. What you need to prove that you cannot work due to migraines: documentation from your doctor verifying the frequency and severity of the migraines, documentation from yourself in the […]

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