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April 2017 Archives

How to protect your rights while on active duty

As an individual who serves in the United States military, you make sacrifices every day for the safety and security of your country. Because of deployment and other aspects of active duty, it can be particularly complicated for you when legal issues arise. In order to protect your rights and interests while serving in the military, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act exists to provide you with security and legal protections. 

Can I get SSD benefits for a skin disorder?

Skin conditions can reach a level where they are affecting a person's ability to function normally and hold a job. Fortunately, it is possible to receive Social Security Disability for skin disorders. Regardless of the illness the person suffers from, a skin disorder can warrant Social Security Disability benefits for illness provided it meets certain criteria. The Social Security Administration will assess the severity of the disorder and then decide.

What evidence is needed for bipolar disorder?

There is an increased awareness that those who are suffering from mental illness may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits. Since these issues can be so debilitating, people who are living with them need to be aware of what needs to be shown to get an approval from the Social Security Administration. Bipolar disorder is a problem that could warrant SSD benefits. Missourians with symptoms of bipolar or who have already been diagnosed should understand what documentation is required before applying. There are three categories labeled A, B and C. To receive benefits, the applicant must satisfy the requirements of A and B or A and C.

Legal help after a denial of SSD benefits for a mental disorder

It is never easy to be suffering from a medical issue that makes it impossible for a St. Louis resident to work. Social Security disability is in place to help those who are experiencing an injury, illness or condition and when that claim is denied, it can be a blow. It is important to remember that there are certain rules to receiving benefits. With Social Security disability, one of the more difficult issues for which to receive benefits is if there is a mental condition. With an illness such as cancer, the medical reports will generally prove that it exists. With many injuries, it will be there for all to see. For qualifying mental conditions, however, the diagnosis can be more nuanced. This might lead to the case being denied by the Social Security Administration. Knowing what to do if this happens is key to perhaps getting the decision reversed on appeal and receiving Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions.

Are you fighting two wars: One in the military and one in court?

You've done everything you can to be the best parent you can be, including taking on jobs to make ends meet that requires courage and dedication, such as service in the U.S. military. You knew when you got divorced that things wouldn't be easy. After all, it's challenging enough being a single parent in Missouri with a civilian job without factoring in the logistics of active duty deployments and potential changes of residence if you're orders take you somewhere else.

Facing disability from a rare disease

The diagnosis of a rare and debilitating disease is stressful enough. You are probably spending hours trying to find information about your condition online, speaking with specialists and looking for support. You may also be dealing with emotions from family and friends who want to be helpful but may not know how.

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