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Friday, March 3, 2017

Do You Qualify for a Compassionate Allowance?


What is a compassionate allowance and how can it help me?

Social Security benefits provide much needed financial assistance to individuals with certain medical conditions that limit their ability to work.  While SSDI benefits can be life changing, applying for and receiving benefits is often a lengthy process. Applicants may be forced to wait between four and six months to find out whether their claim has been approved.  Individuals who are denied benefits will wait even longer while going through the slow appeals process.  


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Social Security Disability and Epilepsy


Am I eligible to receive SSDI if I have epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a serious condition that impacts an estimated three million people each year.  Individuals with epilepsy may suffer seizures during the day or while asleep.  Their severity and intensity vary depending on the patient.  Along with convulsive or non-convulsive seizures, an epileptic will often experience fatigue, communication issues, and other disturbing symptoms following each seizure episode.  Epilepsy can be debilitating and could make it difficult, if not impossible to maintain employment.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Social Security Disability for Mental Impairment


There are many minor mental conditions that may not interfere with one's ability to earn a living, particularly now that there are so many medications available to treat mild anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders and other mental health problems. Nonetheless, severe psychiatric or developmental conditions often not only prevent patients from working, but interfere with normal everyday functioning. For those with such disabling conditions, Social Security Disability (SSD) is available. Because of the complexities of applying for SSD when you suffer from a mental impairment, you should make sure to engage the services of a


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Monday, December 26, 2016

Reviews of Social Security Disability Benefits


Once I have qualified for Social Security Disability do I remain qualified for the rest of my life?

The process of applying for Social Security Disability is a complicated, time-consuming one. It would be nice if once the government has determined you to be deserving of benefits as a result of your disability you could rest on your laurels. Government entitlements, however, are never that simple to hold onto. No matter how severe your disability is, the Social Security Administration will put you through your paces periodically. This is why it is so important to have a Read more . . .


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Atria Senior Living Settles Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Deaf or Hard of Hearing Seniors


Is it discrimination if a senior living center fails to make reasonable accommodations for the hearing impaired?

Many senior citizens suffer from impaired hearing or deafness. Yet a major provider of assisted living allegedly refused to provide sign American Sign Language interpreters at some of its facilities, despite requests for them.

Settlement Includes a Number of Nursing Home Operators and Facilities

Now the assisted living operator, Atria Senior Living, has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought against it by the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York. The complaint involved Atria’s Riverdale residence in the Bronx and its Long Island residence, Atria South Setauket.


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

SAVE Benefits Act May Help Social Security Beneficiaries


What is being done to restore Social Security cost of living adjustments?

Before the 2016 election, Congressional lawmakers were said to be considering a measure, the Seniors and Veterans Emergency (SAVE) Act, to assist social security beneficiaries who were denied cost of living adjustments (COLA) in 2016. The one-time emergency payment, proposed by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), would have provided $581 to recipients of retirement benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Previously, retirement benefits were hiked a mere $5 per month from $1,355 to $1,3660. The SSI adjustment was even less, $2 per month, taking the maximum federal benefit to $735.


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Monday, November 14, 2016

Disabled New Yorkers Sue Over Hazardous Curb Cuts


Most New York City pedestrians barely notice the condition of "curb cuts" -- the small ramps on every street corner that bring the sidewalk down to the level of the street. But poorly maintained curb cuts are a serious obstacle for New Yorkers with disabilities, who depend on them to travel around the city. Now a group representing disabled New Yorkers is suing under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force the city to do a better job.

Well-Maintained Curb Cuts Are Legally Required

Federal law requires cities to install and maintain curb cuts to enable the disabled to navigate streets safely.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Landlord's Refusal to Pay for Bathtub for Disabled Tenant Proves Costly


What are the rights of the disabled when asking a landlord to make "reasonable modifications"?

It is widely understood that, under Federal, state and local law, it is illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities. When it comes to housing, for example, landlords can be required to provide accommodations for the disabled  to help make an apartment or home more accessible to those with physical or mental impairments. For those who refuse, the penalties can be substantial, as one New York landlord recently discovered.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Civil Service Retirement Disability


Who is eligible for Civil Service Retirement Disability?

If you believe you are entitled to Civil Service Retirement Disability from the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), you will have to provide your employing agency with documents supporting your claims of medical disability. Be prepared for the agency to make attempts to accommodate you so that you can continue to be productive on the job. It is best to have expert legal advice and guidance when trying to navigate any government program and CSRS is no exception. You should contact an


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


What do I have to do in order to receive SSD for my PTSD?

The modern world -- with its superabundance of wars, terrorist attacks, and natural catastrophes -- creates an environment in which cases of PTSD are all too common. Veterans, victims of attacks, and first responders, as well as their families, frequently suffer one or more of the severe, disabling symptoms of PTSD.

While PTSD can be the basis of a successful Social Security Disability (SSD) claim, it is essential that such a claim be medically documented for it to pass muster. If you have become disabled and the disability is not related to your workplace (in which case it would be covered by workers compensation), you may be eligible for SSD.

As with most government programs, however, rules and regulations can be complicated, and navigating the system can be challenging, especially if you are suffering psychiatric symptoms.


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Disability Lawsuit Targets Uber's Lack of Wheelchair Access


While Uber has transformed transportation in New York City, there is one area in which the innovative company has often lagged behind the yellow cab industry—providing wheelchair accessible transportation for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Now a Brooklyn woman has taken the ride-sharing company to court. In a new lawsuit, the disabled New Yorker says that Uber's app purporting to link customers to wheelchair-accessible yellow or green cabs does not work. In court papers, she calls it "a paltry smokescreen.


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