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Veterans can get up to $3,100 per months in disability benefits
Posted September 19, 2013

Getting veterans benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shouldn’t be hard, but veterans will often face long waits due to a backlog. This is especially true for those who do not have a representative, as they may not know the ins and outs of VA as well. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates knows what it takes to get these veterans benefits, which can be up to $3,100 for certain veterans.

While benefits may be as low as a couple of hundred dollars, those who fully qualify and have two parents could get up to $3,100 per month, according to VA. Those with two parents and a child have the potential to get even more than this from benefits. The amount each individual veteran will attain will depend largely on their situations and the injuries or illnesses they suffer from.

Veterans who have a more developed claim right away, which could be put together with the help of an attorney or representative, may be able to attain their benefits more quickly. The Fully Developed Claim Program is being run by VA to help process claims more quickly, a measure that was put in place to help reduce some of the backlog which exists. Veterans who need their benefits more quickly should look to get their medical records and claim together more quickly with this provision.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick, & Associates are available to represent veterans who are dissatisfied with a rating decision and other denial of benefits and wish to appeal such decision further in order to obtain their benefits.

Social security disability benefits are for more than the elderly
Posted September 16, 2013

Although many people may think of Social Security Administration benefits as being only for the elderly, the recent “Fast Facts & Figures” notes that those with other disability qualifying conditions can be approved as well. Mark Miller wrote on Forbes that there are three main programs: Retirement, disability insurance and supplemental security income, which helps support those with low-income. Disability benefit recipients are the average age of 53.2 years old, down from 57.2 years in 1960.

Lisa Ekman, director of federal policy for Health & Disability Advocates, a non-profit advocacy group, said the growing demographic of those receiving disability benefits are those 48 to 67 years old. A big reason for the larger age may be the growing number of those supported by these disabilities, with 9 million disabled workers being paid this year, up from 5.9 million just 10 years ago. Social Security’s chief actuary Stephen Goss told Miller that despite worries that the SSA will run out of reserves, he believes there will be action by Congress taken.

“We’ll have 11.5 million people getting disability benefits in 2016, and they will be facing a benefit cut in an election year,” he told Reuters. “Can you imagine any Congress facing the music on that?”

The Social Security disability program is paid for from payroll taxes as well as from general tax revenues. The program is designed to replace income for those individuals who can no longer work. Claimants who, due to severe medical conditions, believe they can no longer work, should apply for benefits without hesitation. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates are available to provide advocacy to those seeking disability benefits.

Political pressure may lead judges to deny claims; don’t give up
Posted September 11, 2013

Even if someone has extremely damaging disability qualifying conditions, that does not guarantee approval of Social Security Administration benefits. There is growing political pressure in many circles on SSA judges to not approve benefits due to a belief that the system is failing, but claimants cannot let this get them down if they are in need of benefits. Freida Thomas, a Yahoo contributor, wrote that even after denial, people should not give up on on applying again.

“Remember that being approved for SSDI is a complicated process with several levels of reviews and requirements,” she wrote. “It takes time to determine if an applicant is truly qualified to be approved.”

Other things to consider:

  • Applicants cannot miss the appeal deadline of 60 days and should certainly appeal as quickly as possible
  • There needs to be a large amount of supporting medical evidence for a case to be approved
  • Claimants should seek the help of an attorney to be sure they are re-applying in a way that makes sense
  • Copies of all applications and forms must be kept

The SSA said nearly 11 million disabled workers receive benefits, up 7.6 million from a decade ago. Even if denied, there is still a chance for approval, it may just take some fighting.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates have successfully represented thousands of disabled clients over the past 30 years. It is extremely important for claimants not to become discouraged in the pursuit of their disability claim.

Children born with genetic defects may be more prone to disability
Posted August 28, 2013

Children who were born with a genetic defect may be at a heightened risk for developing a disability or deadly disease, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. A pregnant mother’s health during pregnancy is critical to keeping children away from developing heart defects, neural tube defects and blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia. While Social Security Administration disability benefits could be gained for these children, a healthy life is always the preference. However, not all of the more than 7,000 genetic or partially genetic birth defects are avoidable.

“Birth defects are the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States,” the States Chronicle reported. “Every year, an estimated 7.9 million infants (6 percent of worldwide births) are born with serious birth defects. Although some congenital defects can be controlled and treated, an estimated 3.2 million of these children are disabled for life.”

Sickle Cell Information Center said disability qualifying conditions from defects such as sickle cell can be attained if there is physical or mental impairment that limits a lift activity such as hearing, speaking, walking, breathing or doing manual tasks. Unfortunately, many are affected with these ailments and may need monetary help of SSA disability benefits.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have successfully represented numerous children before the SSA suffering from genetic defects and other health issues.


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