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Identity of Social Security Administration judges kept secret before cases

While the Social Security Administration is still dealing with a massive backlog that seems to have no light at the end of the tunnel, they have also now instituted a new puzzling policy that will shield the identity of the judge until the day of the hearing. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates believes this could put those with disability qualifying conditions at a disadvantage.

For lawyers preparing for these cases, this could make a world of a difference. Judges are known by their personalities, as some hold lengthy hearings, some short and each has what lawyers come to find to be their own set of standards for approving a claimant.

If this policy is to continue, the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates believes that the hearing backlog for the SSA could grow larger, as setting up hearings could become much more difficult. While the SSA claims that lawyers were changing away from judges that deny too many cases, this is a policy that could end up making this much worse for claimants, lawyers and the entire system

Whether the judge is known in advance or not, the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are experts at presenting the relevant medical and other supporting evidence to the judge to obtain approval of disability benefits for the firms clients.

Extremely limiting diabetes could net disability benfits

People suffering from complications from any kind of diabetes may not think they have many options, but there could be some help in the way of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Those with disability qualifying conditions, including heart disease, stroke, nephropathy and more may be able to qualify for disability payments with the right representation.

“Diabetes can slow down your body’s ability to fight infection,” according to WebMD. “High blood sugar (glucose) leads to high levels of sugar in your body’s tissues. When this happens, bacteria grow and infections can develop more quickly in people with diabetes. Common sites of infection are your bladder, kidneys, vagina, gums, feet, and skin.”

The SSA will look at the residual functional capacity, a measurement of the level of work activity someone can do despite their illness, in an effort to see if a person qualifies for Social Security disability payments or not. People suffering from diabetes should have medical history, a doctors opinion and multiple statements on hand for the eventual court date.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have represented hundreds of clients in successfully obtaining SSA disability benefits based on their diabetes. Although diabetics may have similar symptoms, each client’s case is unique. We are experts at presenting the unique aspects of a particular clients disabling symptoms in order to prove that the client cannot work and is therefore entitled by law to disability benefits.

New study finds genes could be associated with PTSD

A terrifying event in Armenia may end up helping troops suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The Los Angeles Times reports that UCLA is studying victims of a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that shook more than 40 percent of the country and killed an estimated 25,000 Armenians in 1988. U.S. veterans looking for disability payments from the Department of Veteran Affairs may find the results interesting.

More than a dozen of the victims are being studied by the school to figure out the long-term effects of PTSD. Researchers said the Armenians who carried two genetic variations associated with depression more commonly had PTSD, the news source said. The study said the genes may be relatively small in figuring out if a person will develop PTSD.

“In gauging how severely a subject would suffer from symptoms 14 years after the earthquake, several easy-to-spot traits were far more useful predictors than were single-letter changes on certain genes,” the Los Angeles Times said. “Among them: Females were more likely than males to experience PTSD, as were older people, those who had lost family members, and those who had experienced traumatic events before the earthquake.”

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are very familiar with the issues involved with these cases and the evidence required to prove PTSD cases. It is important in these cases to have sufficient mental health treatment and records to convince the VA of the merits of the claim.