Is Fibromyalgia a Qualifying Condition for Disability?

Fibromyalgia has been a medical mystery in many ways. It is general characterized as a condition that can involve both widespread musculoskeletal pain as well as extreme fatigue and memory and mood issues. It can also impact sleep. The causes of fibromyalgia are not fully understood and medical researchers continue to research the root cause […]

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What Is the Social Security Administration Blue Book?

If you have filed an application to access Social Security disability benefits, your claim will be initially processed in a local Social Security Administration (SSA) field office by Disability Determination Services (DDS). Appeals of claim denials may also be processed by DDS or by an administrative law judge in the Office of Hearing Operations of […]

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Why Are Social Security Disability Claims Denied?

Getting the paperwork together to file a Social Security disability claim can be an aggravating and stressful process. To go through all of this only to find out your claim has been denied can be upsetting, to say the least. Unfortunately, it is a common experience. In fact, it is estimated that the SSA denies […]

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Pandemic Threatens Survival of Day Programs for Disabled

Q: How has the pandemic impacted day programs for the disabled? For all the progress made on behalf of the disabled community since the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted 30 years ago, day-to-day life remains challenging for many. And the pandemic has only made things worse—especially for people who rely on day programs.  First […]

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Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty in Arizona

Q: Can an intellectually disabled person be executed in Arizona? Phoenix disability benefits attorneys help those suffering from physical or mental impairments access the federal government benefits they deserve. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) offers two different disability benefits programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). While both programs’ qualifications criteria […]

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How Fall School Options Are Challenging for Disabled Children

Q: What challenges may special needs children face this school year due to COVID-19 precautions? The Social Security Administration offers two federal disability benefits programs – – Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) and Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). While both programs require applicants to satisfy the federal government’s definition of being “disabled”, each program has different […]

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Uptick in COVID19-related Disability Cases Expected

Q: Will the coronavirus pandemic increase the number of disabled people? Tempe disability benefits attorneys have witnessed the devastating effects the coronavirus has had on many clients. In general, many of the physical and mental conditions an applicant needs to suffer from in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits are the same conditions […]

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3 Things You Should Know About Widow and Widower Benefits

While losing a loved one is never easy, losing a spouse can be particularly heart-wrenching. For many Arizona widows and widowers, their emotional stress is often compounded by financial worries.  It might be reassuring to know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides payments to eligible widows and widowers of decedents who qualify for benefits. […]

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6 Reasons Why Your Long Term Disability Claim May Be Denied

Replacement income from long-term disability insurance can provide tremendous relief in uncertain times. Long-term disability (LTD) insurance provides wage replacement to people who can’t work due to disability. However, policy coverage alone does not guarantee the approval of long-term disability claims.   When filing for LTD, claimants are pitted against insurance agents whose job is to […]

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