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Asperger’s syndrome sufferers can qualify for Social Security benefits
Posted October 12, 2011

While many people suffer from Asperger’s syndrome, very few realize that it can be considered a disability qualifying condition by the Social Security Administration.

Asperger’s syndrome is a mild form of autism that many people have, but many may not know about. Although it is considered to be a “high-functioning” form of autism, the Age of Autism website said it is also characterized by “a lack of functioning, executive functioning, and communicative abilities.” The website said while these problems may appear trivial compared to classic autism, that doesn’t mean they do not severely disable people.

A local ABC affiliate in Houston spoke with Paula Ong, a 36 year-old woman who was diagnosed with Asperger’s after having to switch jobs 13 times. In the article, Dr. Katherine Loveland, director of UTHealth Adult Asperger’s Clinic, said adults with the syndrome are often left wondering “What about me? I know there’s something different.” She said life with Asperger’s can be punishing and said a key to getting better is gaining a better understanding of the syndrome.

The law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates, located in Wheaton, Illinois, have successfully represented both children and adults who suffer with Asperger’s syndrome. In order to prevail on a Social Security disability claim, it is important that the claimant has sufficient psychological testing in order to prove the severity of symptoms that are typically associated with Asperger’s syndrome. In the case of children, school records could be helpful for the case as well.

Disability qualifying benefits available to those with heart disease
Posted October 07, 2011

People who are unable to work or perform daily functions due to heart disease may be able to receive disability qualifying benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Although cancer and diabetes have increased over the years, heart disease remains the leading cause of death of Americans today. About a million people die each year from heart disease, but many still live on with the disability, unable to work. Individuals who cannot support themselves or their family may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Chicago area residents affected by heart disease are not alone in their fight for normalcy, as nearly 9.4 million people nationwide received benefits from the Social Security Administration last year. Benefits are based on prior earnings and last year averaged $1,068 per month. The benefits are largely funded by a tax on American workers split between employers and employees.

The law offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates. Ltd., located in Wheaton, Illinois, are well versed in issues involving heart disease and disability claims. We are available to represent clients afflicted with heart disease throughout the Chicago Metropolitan region and the Midwestern states. We have successfully represented both children and adults who suffer from heart conditions before the Social Security Administration.

Children with learning disabilities could be eligible for benefits
Posted September 20, 2011

While many children suffer through years of struggling at school with learning disabilities, those same students could have disability qualifying benefits and be eligible for payment by the Social Security Administration.

“It is believed that learning disabilities are caused by a difficulty with the nervous system that affects receiving, processing, or communicating information,” according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s website. “They may also run in families. Some children with learning disabilities are also hyperactive; unable to sit still, easily distracted, and have a short attention span.”

Frequent signals of a learning disability include difficulty understanding and following instructions, trouble remembering what someone just told him or her, failure to master reading, spelling or other skills and more, according to the ACAP.

Parents whose children suffer through these learning disabilities will need to get acceptable medical documentation from a licensed or certified psychologist, according to the Social Security Administration. The documentation would have to establish that the child has a learning disability, mental retardation or borderline intellectual functioning, the SSA said.

Additionally, school records and evidence of difficulties with social activities and family relationships can be very compelling evidence in support of a child’s learning disability claim.

The law offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates, Ltd. have successfully represented numerous learning disabled children in obtaining Social Security disability benefits.

September a month to be aware of chronic pain, arthritis
Posted September 15, 2011

This month is one that should make many suffering through pain consider social security disability if they have disability qualifying conditions, as many states across the country have proclaimed September as Pain Awareness Month.

States such as Mississippi and Wisconsin, among others, have dedicated this month to increasing awareness of chronic pain, which affects 116 million American adults, according to the Institute of Medicine, and is considered a disability qualifying condition.

The Arthritis Foundation have also put forward a campaign which tries to spread awareness of arthritis, which Dr. Patience H. White, vice president for public health for the Arthritis Foundation, told The New York Times affects one in five adults. White said arthritis currently affects 50 million adults and could affect as many as 67 million by 2020. Ads from the foundation will try to spread the word of exercise by using athletes such as Billy Jean King, who suffers from osteoarthritis.

Claimants suffering from chronic pain should be aware that SSR 96-7p, which is a rule used by the Social Security Administration to evaluate claims of disabling pain, recognizes that a claimant’s persistent efforts to obtain relief from pain or other symptoms serve to enhance their credibility. In other words, claimants who follow up with their medical treatment for pain stand a much better chance of being awarded benefits by the SSA.

It is our opinion that claimants should make every effort to seek regular medical treatment for chronic pain symptoms. Infrequent or irregular medical visits or failure to seek treatment will be strongly considered by the SSA under SSR 96-p7 as evidence against a claim for disability benefits.

The law offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates are experts in obtaining benefits for clients suffering chronic pain from arthritis as well as other painful and disabling medical conditions.

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