How Does the SSA Define and Evaluate Pain?

It can be almost impossible to measure pain. Pain is subjective in nature, after all. What one person finds to be excruciating another person may be able to tolerate. So when a person is disabled due to pain, how does the Social Security Administration determine whether or not that person is disabled according to the SSA guidelines? Exactly how does the SSA define and evaluate pain when pain is so subjective and varies from one person to the next? How can a disability examiner know if you are telling the truth?

Good Reasons to Postpone Your Disability Hearing

Most Social Security Disability applicants wait months if not years for the date of their disability hearing to arrive, and spend considerable time preparing for their hearing. It goes without saying that postponing a hearing is not something anyone wants to do. To make matters worse, if you do miss your hearing and you don’t have a very good reason for doing so, the Administrative Law Judge overseeing your case may decide to deny your disability benefits.

SSA Evaluates Disability Listing for Musculoskeletal Disorders

When a Social Security Disability applicant submits a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, the person who processes the claim refers to a listing, known as the Blue Book, to determine whether or not the condition that the person is suffering from qualifies the individual for Social Security Disability benefits.

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month.

The month of April marks Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the brain. The condition leads to tremors, difficulty walking and impaired coordination. The condition most commonly develops in people after age 50 and it is one of the most common disorders that affect the nervous system in the elderly. While Parkinson’s disease can run in some families, it is not always an inherited condition.

April is National Asbestos Awareness Month

The month of April marks National Asbestos Awareness Month. Asbestos is a group of naturally-occurring minerals that used to be used in the creation of certain building materials and brakes for vehicles. Some of the minerals that are included in the category of asbestos include chrysotile, amosite, tremolite asbestos, crocidolite, anthophyllite asbestos and actinolite asbestos. The minerals allowed the materials created to be resistant to heat and corrosion. However, exposure to these minerals can lead to a condition known as mesothelioma.

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month

The month of April marks Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects as many as one in every five Americans. It is one of the most common conditions diagnosed by doctors in the United States, occurring more frequently in women than in men. Most cases (more than 50 percent) of IBS are diagnosed before the age of 35.

ACA Will End Some Unfairness for Low-Income & Disabled

It is no secret that there are millions of uninsured citizens living in the United States. The cost of health insurance is unaffordable to most unemployed and self-employed individuals. In fact, the only people likely to have health insurance are those who have very low incomes (in which case the Medicaid steps in) or those who receive health care in the form of employment benefits or the wealthy, who can pay for their own health insurance.

How Does SSDI Play into President Obama’s New Budget?

There is much talk about President Obama’s new budget proposal. Tax hikes, Medicare cuts and other topics have become hot-button issues since the President released his new proposal. The question on many citizens’ minds is, what exactly does Obama’s plan do for Social Security Disability and how does Social Security play into the new budget proposal?

Reliance of Disability Benefits: Urban vs. Rural

Millions of disabled workers across the United States rely on Social Security Disability. Some of these workers live in urban communities while others live in rural areas. What many people wonder is if rural communities have a stronger reliance on Social Security Disability benefits than urban ones, or vice versa. The truth of the matter is that rural communities do have a stronger reliance upon these benefits. The following information will shed light on the reasons why.


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