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SSA needs to cut away at backlog

Many people with disability qualifying conditions could have benefits paid out by the Social Security Administration save their lives, or at the very least help keep them and their families afloat, but the SSA needs something to help cut away at the 1.8 million people in the backlog of cases.

The Social Security Administration said an average 20-year-old worker has a three-in-10 chance in becoming disabled before retirement. There was a rejection rate of three-to-one, meaning the vast majority were in need of help in their case.

According to The Federal Times, SSA requested an increase of 2 percent in their budget to $9 billion. The administration is also facing a cut of 2,000 employees, but looking to invest in video conferencing devices to hold video hearings. The agency expects to hear 960,000 cases in 2013, so new methods will be well needed.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are successful in many client cases in avoiding the backlog wait for a hearing by seeking approvals on the record for clients who have sufficient medical records. Other evidence may be needed to convince the SSA to allow benefits without the necessity of a hearing before a judge.

People with fibromyalgia can qualify for SSA disability payments

Although many people with fibromyalgia, a disease which causes a person to have long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in muscles, joints, tendons and other soft tissues of the body, can still continue to work part or full time, many are not physically able to for weeks, months or even years. People with fibromyalgia have disability qualifying conditions, meaning benefits from the Social Security Administration can be had.

“Describing your fibromyalgia symptoms alone will not qualify you for Social Security disability,” according to WebMD. “You have to be specific about signs and physical findings related to fibromyalgia and pain and how that impacts your ability to work. The Social Security staff will consider all your symptoms, including pain.”

Those who apply for disability payments from the Social Security Administration should be sure to have doctors records and other records prepared to show a judge to prove the severity of the condition.

The Law Offices of Harold W.Conick and Associates have successfully represented numerous clients before the SSA to obtain disability benefits based on the disabling symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. We will fight for your case.

Veterans should make sure representative for benefits is accredited

When applying for benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans should make sure the person they are getting help from is accredited to help represent their claim. A column by the Gannett Company said veterans said people who are not accredited can help once and only once, but it may not be a great idea.

There are three types of people who are allowed to help veterans with their disability claims, including accredited attorneys, accredited agents and accredited representatives of service agencies, including veteran service officers.

“In order to be accredited to help veterans with new claims, an individual must submit a formal application to the VA, must meet certain character and work history requirements and, except for attorneys, must pass a comprehensive test relating to veterans claims and benefits,” according to the column

The Law Offices Harold W. Conick and Associates is accredited by the VA to represent veterans in pursuit of their claims. Mr. Conick is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates and is admitted to the Veterans Court of Appeals. Veterans can feel good about using Mr. Conick as their representative for benefits.