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Benefits could help families pay for costs of their child’s cerebral palsy
Posted December 20, 2011

Children with cerebral palsy can lead a good life. There can be happiness, fun trips and everything good about being a child, but things can also get very expensive for families. One website said families may have to pay over $100,000 for special education, a large amount for most families. Applying for benefits with the Social Security Administration may help families struggling with trying to give their child a good life.

According to a website called About Cerebral Palsy, those affected by cerebral palsy have a chronic group of conditions affecting muscle coordination and body movements, which is usually caused by damage to areas of the brain during fetal development or infancy. It can also occur during or after birth.

While the disease is not curable, parents want to be able to give their children the best possible chance at happiness, and education and therapy can go a long way toward that. Gaining benefits to help with payments can be a big help in the long-run for families struggling with this disability.

For the past 25 years, The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have successfully represented numerous children with disabilities before the Social Security Administration. It is important in children’s disability cases to submit all relevant medical and school evidence to support a claim as soon as possible in order to have a timely decision made in the case.

Veterans need help in facing large disability benefit backlog
Posted December 15, 2011

With thousands of veterans in Illinois and a Department of Veterans Affairs backlog, many veterans with disability qualifying conditions may not have the easiest time getting their benefits in a timely fashion. With assistance, these veterans have a better chance getting benefits quickly.

According to NPR, the backlog of disability claims in the VA has grown from 500,000 to 800,000, with officials from the department pointing to young veterans coming home injured and new rules which allow Vietnam veterans to get more compensation from exposure to the Agent Orange chemical.

There are now a number of pilot programs by VA to get more veterans in for exams and worked through the backlog, but the only thing veterans can do to help their own case at the moment is fill out their papers and get them filed as quickly as possible.

It is important for veterans to make all of their medical records available for VA consideration as soon as possible and to appeal denial decisions in a timely fashion. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates will work hard to get a veteran their benefits as quickly as possible.

How the Social Security Administration decides who is disabled
Posted December 09, 2011

For those with disability qualifying conditions, not much comes easy. Applying for benefits from the Social Security Administration can seem like another difficult step in a painstaking process and figuring out what would qualify and what wouldn’t could be tricky. For a quick explanation, the Social Security Administration explained who could qualify to the McClatchy-Tribune News Service.

“If you are an adult, you must be unable to work for a year or more because of a medical condition or combination of medical impairments,” a SSA spokesperson answered. “Overall, we use a five-step evaluation process to decide whether you are disabled. The process considers any current work activity you are doing. It also considers your medical condition and how it affects your ability to work.”

To qualify, people must be unable to work or do work they have done before the disability become a problem. The SSA must also decide that you cannot adjust to new work. The disability must be expected to last a year, the spokesperson told the news source, or cause death. For those worried about getting back to work, there are work programs through the SSA which can help people who believe they can get back to work at some point.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have successfully represented clients in obtaining Social Security disability benefits in the Chicagoland area for over 25 years. We have a reputation for winning difficult cases.

Children suffering from Autism can apply for Social Security benefits
Posted November 29, 2011

For parents at a loss for how to pay for their Autistic child’s medical bills, Social Security disability benefits may be the way to go. Autism is considered to be a disability qualifying benefit by the Social Security Administration, so children of any age can get help.

According to the Social Security Administration’s “Blue Book,” or the Impairment Listing Manual, in order to qualify for disability payments, children with Autism must have documented findings of defects in the development of social interaction, defects in verbal and non-verbal communication and imaginative activity and a restricted repertoire of interests and activities. This is then further broken down by the Social Security Administration by age to decide if each child qualifies.

While it is very important for children with disability qualifying benefits to meet the administration’s requirements, working closely with doctors and social security experts will help families figure out what can work best for each individual child.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates have successfully represented many children afflicted with autism before the Social Security Administration. Medical records supporting a child’s functional limitations are critical to obtaining benefits in Autism claims.

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