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Veteran suffers with disability payments

Although disability qualifying benefits should be one of the last things veterans have to worry about, the harsh reality is that many have to fight for their benefits. Anthony Westbury writes on the TC Palm’s website about Sgt. Fredrick Addiss, who decided to separate from the military in 2010. He said he followed the Department of Veteran Affairs’ rules about claiming disability payments and applied six months ahead to have a smooth transition.

“Yet his life since has been anything but smooth. He’s almost gone broke trying to survive before his payments show up,” Westbury writes. Addiss served in the Army and National Guard, assigned to track down missing weapons that had been returned from Iraq, which Addiss said was a lot of mental and physical stress.

Today, Addiss said he struggles from Stage 3 degenerative arthritis in his back and osteoarthritis in most joints. He walks with a cane and said most days he can’t even walk his dog. He receives medical care from the VA, but said he still receives no financial help from the department. He has lost his cars, defaulted on credit accounts and fallen behind on child support payments, Westbury said.

The law offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates is dedicated to winning the maximum benefits available to veterans throughout the greater Chicagoland area and in Midwestern states on their claims. We realize that veterans and their families depend on us to do our very best to help secure their VA disability benefits.

Asperger’s syndrome sufferers can qualify for Social Security benefits

While many people suffer from Asperger’s syndrome, very few realize that it can be considered a disability qualifying condition by the Social Security Administration.

Asperger’s syndrome is a mild form of autism that many people have, but many may not know about. Although it is considered to be a “high-functioning” form of autism, the Age of Autism website said it is also characterized by “a lack of functioning, executive functioning, and communicative abilities.” The website said while these problems may appear trivial compared to classic autism, that doesn’t mean they do not severely disable people.

A local ABC affiliate in Houston spoke with Paula Ong, a 36 year-old woman who was diagnosed with Asperger’s after having to switch jobs 13 times. In the article, Dr. Katherine Loveland, director of UTHealth Adult Asperger’s Clinic, said adults with the syndrome are often left wondering “What about me? I know there’s something different.” She said life with Asperger’s can be punishing and said a key to getting better is gaining a better understanding of the syndrome.

The law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates, located in Wheaton, Illinois, have successfully represented both children and adults who suffer with Asperger’s syndrome. In order to prevail on a Social Security disability claim, it is important that the claimant has sufficient psychological testing in order to prove the severity of symptoms that are typically associated with Asperger’s syndrome. In the case of children, school records could be helpful for the case as well.

Disability qualifying benefits available to those with heart disease

People who are unable to work or perform daily functions due to heart disease may be able to receive disability qualifying benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Although cancer and diabetes have increased over the years, heart disease remains the leading cause of death of Americans today. About a million people die each year from heart disease, but many still live on with the disability, unable to work. Individuals who cannot support themselves or their family may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Chicago area residents affected by heart disease are not alone in their fight for normalcy, as nearly 9.4 million people nationwide received benefits from the Social Security Administration last year. Benefits are based on prior earnings and last year averaged $1,068 per month. The benefits are largely funded by a tax on American workers split between employers and employees.

The law offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates. Ltd., located in Wheaton, Illinois, are well versed in issues involving heart disease and disability claims. We are available to represent clients afflicted with heart disease throughout the Chicago Metropolitan region and the Midwestern states. We have successfully represented both children and adults who suffer from heart conditions before the Social Security Administration.