Jul 10


DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR DISORDER Depression is a form of mental illness that can often lead to a person becoming disabled depending on the length, intensity and severity of the condition.  Depression  affects more than 15 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. Persistent depressive disorder, or …

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Apr 19

Attorney Fees In Social Security Claims

How Do Social Security Disability Lawyers Get Paid Their Attorney Fee?   99% of Social Security disability claims whether they be SSDI (Title II – Social Security Disability Insurance) or SSI (Title XVI – Supplemental Security Income are handled on a contingency basis.  The Social Security Administration will pay your attorney 25% of your past …

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Feb 06


Obesity – Its Killing Us I keep a copy of the 1999 Social Security statute in my library because it is the last year that the Social Security Administration listed disability as a disabling condition in and of itself. Over the years, the Social Security Administration has done away with the Listings for obesity because …

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Jun 10

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) aka Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) also known as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) also known as Causalgia also known as Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy (RND) Social Security disability benefits (SSD or SSI) can be available for this sometimes chronic condition when it doesn’t go away within 12 months. The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers complex regional pain …

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Feb 10

Traumatic Brain Injury

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI) Proving the significance of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a slip and fall, auto accident or social security disability claim requires the involvement of good medical diagnosticians and a good attorney. According to the National Institute of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH-NINDS), traumatic brain injury (TBI) …

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Dec 02

Can I work and collect Social Security disability benefits ? SSDI and SSI income limits.

Generally, a claimant can continue to work and collect disability benefits.  Social Security (SSA) allows a claimant receiving social security disability income (SSDI)  a trial work period (TWP) of up to nine months earning  $810  per month or more before they will terminate your entitlement to benefits.  Claimants receiving supplemental security income (SSI) are subject …

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Dec 02

Moving my office effective January 1, 2016!

I will be moving my office effective January 1, 2016. My phone number (727) 343-3434, fax number (727) 592-1969, e-mail address ssaatty@gmail.com, and mailing address – P.0. Box 12286, St. Petersburg, FL 33733 shall remain the same. After January 1, 2016 appointments will be held at: 3601 1st Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33713 There …

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Nov 18

My doctor says I am disabled!

Proving that someone is disabled under Social Security’s guidelines generally pivots around one’s age, education, past work history, prior relevant work experience and the physical and mental limitations under consideration. Often, clients come to me saying “my doctor says I am disabled!” However, disability claims are predicated upon medical and vocational factors. As such, in …

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Oct 21

The “demonization of disability recipients”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/07/1356086/-Republicans-Move-To-Gut-Social-Security-Benefits-on-Their-First-Day-in-Power# Unfortunately, a concerted effort is underway in Congress to defund Title II (SSDI) and Title XVI (SSI) of the Social Security Act. We, as citizens, must let our elected representatives know that we will not stand idle and allow them to gut the one social program that serves as a social safety net for …

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Sep 17

Longer processing times

Social Security disability claimants (SSDI and SSI) often complain about the length of time it takes to get a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Rightfully so. Unfortunately, due to funding cutbacks the problem is getting worse. As of July, 2015 there were over one million claims pending, and the average hearing office processing …

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