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Vision loss can net disability benefits

Suffering from blindness or lack of vision can severely impair a person’s ability to find work, make money and manage their life. People who are having an especially hard time may want to apply for Social Security disability benefits, as it may help get them back on their feet. Those who want to qualify for benefits must be able to prove via medical records that they have a loss of peripheral field contraction, visual efficiency and visual acuity.

“To evaluate your visual disorder, we usually need a report of an eye examination that includes measurements of your best-corrected central visual acuity or the extent of your visual fields, as appropriate,” the SSA’s website said. “If you have visual acuity or visual field loss, we need documentation of the cause of the loss. A standard eye examination will usually indicate the cause of any visual acuity loss.”

For the most part, people who want to qualify for disability benefits must have visual problem in both eyes, with vision in both eyes needing to be affected. If one eye’s vision is bad and the other is even just a bit better, the claim may be denied by the SSA’s judge. To show the full extent of the problem, claimants will need extensive medical records proving their vision issues.

Often times, people believe if they are legally blind they will qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, the SSA looks beyond such labels to attempt determining the individual’s ability to perform work activities, even if there are eye problems. If the SSA believes a claimant can perform sedentary work competitively even though the claimant has significant sight problems, they will not pay benefits.

With this in mind, it is important for a claimant to obtain expert legal to ensure a successful outcome for their disability claim. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have successfully represented numerous clients suffering from impaired vision.

Fighting for autism disability benefits

Even if a child, teen or adult is able to function with Autism, it may still be severely debilitating in life. The Social Security Administration offers disability benefits to many individuals affected by this disease, as financial assistance may be useful for families who struggle with medical costs.

The SSA correctly notes on its website that there are differences for applying in children and adults, as there are disorders found in younger applicants that do not cause the same problems in adults.

“For example, findings such as separation anxiety, failure to mold or bond with the parents, or withdrawal may serve as findings comparable to findings that mark mental disorders in adults,” the SSA said. “The activities appropriate to children, such as learning, growing, playing, maturing, and school adjustment, are also different from the activities appropriate to the adult and vary widely in the different childhood stages.”

In order to qualify as a child, the SSA requires deficits in development or reciprocal social interaction, difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication, a lack of imaginative activity and a restrictive lot of interests and activities. Families should be keeping up with doctors to ensure there will be plenty of medical records to bring to court to show a professional opinion on the child’s case.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are experts in successfully representing children and young adults in front of the Social Security Administration. The medical and educational evidence of a case must support either one extreme and/or two marked limitations within the various domains of activities of daily life. This is essential to proving a child’s disability case. In many cases, it is often not clear if this standard is met; therefore, it is imperative to retain experienced counsel to prevail.

More than a half-million veterans claims remain in backlog

The process of procuring veterans disability benefits can be long and arduous, as The Christian Science Monitor reports that there are more than 500,000 people who have claims in the backlog. While Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki promises this backlog will end by 2015, veterans will still need help to receive their benefits in many cases.

However, the Monitor said VA does appear to be having some modicum of success. By digitizing records and getting rid of paper files, the department hopes to cut down on the half-million who have been waiting for more than 1250 days and the 800,000 petitions that are awaiting any kind of answer.

“Veterans submitting claims today claim many more medical conditions,” says VA spokesman Randy Noller told the monitor. “Largely because of multiple deployments and the fact they are 10 times as likely to survive today’s wars – but with multiple medical issues for a lifetime.”

Many readers wrote into The New York Times and said they were turned down for benefits even though they believed they were qualified. Unfortunately, procuring veterans benefits may mean help is needed from a representative so the veterans can get the money and services they are owed.

Veteran law and procedure is complicated. Those applying have a better chance of receiving a full rating and the financial benefits they are entitled to if they are represented by counsel. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are well able to assist veterans in securing their benefits.

Disability benefits available for mental illness

Many Americans suffer from mental illness, but they don’t have to fight it without help. Social Security disability benefits can be received to help make up for money lost by an inability to work or perform tasks as normal. PsychCentral said in many patients, their illness can prevent them from properly filling out an application for benefits, so help should be sought to ensure approval is a possibility.

“As with any SSDI claim, it’s also important to create a financial plan, apply early and be persistent,” the website said. The long wait for benefits can mean lost savings and even lost homes.”

According to NPR, mental illnesses make up 19.2 percent of the Social Security disability claims that are awarded. Two thirds of children who receive benefits have been diagnosed with mental or intellectual problems. PsychCentral said it is important to seek help with these claims, as it can be stressful to file for disability if there are already mental issues present.

The Law Office of Harold W. Conick and Associates are experts in successfully presenting claims involving mental illness. It is important, whether the claim involves a child or adult, to obtain all the medical records supportive of the mental condition the claimant suffers from. Furthermore, consistent visits to the mental health providers documenting the condition are essential to obtaining approval of Social Security disability benefits.