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August 2018 Archives

Five conditions added to expedited disability program

Sometimes a person in Missouri becomes so ill that working has become impossible. This can be a severe blow not just to a person's psyche, but also to their pocketbook. After all, many people will say their job is a part of their identity, and without a paycheck it won't be long before they start to feel the impact of their situation financially.

SSD appeals still backlogged, despite transfers

Many people in Missouri and nationwide may apply for Social Security Disability benefits. However, the unfortunate fact is that many times their SSD claim is initially denied. When this happens, there is an appeals process in place. Following a denial at the reconsideration stage of appeal, a claimant can seek a hearing with an administrative law judge. However, there is currently a major backlog in such cases, which the Social Security Administration is trying to address.

Can prenatal HIV infection lead to disability?

Not every person with HIV contracts the disease as a sexually active adult. Some people contract HIV prenatally. One may wonder how contracting HIV prenatally affects a person's health as a young adult. One recent study examined that question, the results of which may interest people in Missouri and elsewhere who suffer from HIV.

The costs of living with a spinal cord injury are staggering

Spinal cord injuries can arise from a variety of circumstances. For example, a person in Missouri could suffer a spinal cord injury after being involved in a car crash, a sporting accident or even a fall down the stairs. What they will soon find, however, is that the costs associated with living after having suffered a spinal cord injury can be staggering.

The five-step process the SSA uses to determine disability

When a person in Missouri has a serious illness or injury that prevents them from working, they may be in a very precarious financial situation. Fortunately, our government has a safety net available for qualifying individuals in such situations: Social Security Disability benefits. Part of determining whether an applicant qualifies for SSD benefits is determining whether the applicant is disabled. The Social Security Administration has a five-step process it uses when determining whether an applicant has a disability.

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