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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

If Your Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied You Can Take A Mulligan

The official rules of golf say you must play your ball where it lies. The unofficial rules of golf allow players to take a mulligan. A mulligan is a do-over. It’s a chance to take another shot when your ball doesn’t end up where you planned.

In the Social Security disability world we have our own form of the mulligan — a robust

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Can People With Chronic Fatigue Caused By COVID-19 Qualify For Disability?

The longer this pandemic lasts, the more we realize how much we don’t know about SARS-CoV-2. At first, we were told it is like the flu. Then we were warned it is more serious than the flu, but only the elderly and infirm are at real risk. As New York was hit hard by the virus, we grew skeptical of this explanation, and rightly so. We now know it is difficult to describe exactly what COVID-19 is or predict who is at risk of becoming seriously ill from it.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Social Security Administration Recognizes Blood Disorders As A Disability

There's a great new craze
That's sweeping the nation
Come on do the Circulation!

It starts with your heart,
What a great sensation,
Come on do the Circulation!

-School House Rock’s “Do the Circulation”

It’s not as well-known as the ditty about how a bill becomes a law, but “Do the Circulation” is a classic School House Rock hit. It emphasizes the importance the circulatory system plays in keeping us all moving.
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Monday, June 29, 2020

More Than Tired

New York City is known as the “City that Never Sleeps,” but for area residents that suffer from a severe sleep disorder, this is not something to celebrate. People with sleep disorders are often discriminated against and derided as lazy because healthy sleepers just don’t understand what it is like to be so sleep deprived you literally cannot function.

Fortunately, the federal government is more open-minded. People with severe sleep disorders are eligible to apply for Read more . . .

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Just Because Social Security Offices Are Closed Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Apply For Disability

On March 17, 2020 the Social Security Administration closed all of its local offices in order to protect its employees and the people it serves from the coronavirus. As the agency points out in its closure notification, the population it serves is made up of older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions, so limiting in-person interaction is prudent during the pandemic.

However, this does not mean that the federal agency as a whole has shut down.
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Monday, May 18, 2020

Applying For Disability After Workers’ Comp

Workers’ compensation benefits are great. Here in New York, the law requires that workers’ comp provide you with medical benefits and some income while you recover from an on-the-job injury. But what happens when those benefits run out before you have completely healed? What happens if you will never heal?

In these scenarios, you should consider applying for disability.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

ABLE Accounts Can Help Break Down Barriers To Disability Benefits

As attorneys that focus a lot of our time and attention on helping people in New York City tap into disability benefits, we are used to cutting through red tape. We can jump through bureaucratic hoops and shuffle mountains of paperwork with the best of them. But there are certain barriers to benefits that we can’t overcome.

In a high-income, high cost of living area like Manhattan, financial barriers to benefits are often the most challenging limitations to overcome. There’s nothing quite so ridiculous as realizing you or your disabled loved one cannot tap into vital government benefits like


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Friday, February 14, 2020

You Never Forget Your First… Meeting With A Disability Benefits Attorney

When you took your first steps, your parents cheered you on. Before going on your first date, you stocked up on breath mints. Your first day on the job, you worked hard to learn everyone’s name. You are an expert at firsts. But you may not know how to prepare for your first meeting with a


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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

On Throwing Starfish: Helping Adults Disabled Before the Age of 22 Tap into the Benefits They Need

New York City’s Office for People with Disabilities estimates that around 1 million New Yorkers, or roughly 11.2% of the city’s population, live with a disability.
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Report Reveals Disabled Workers In NYC Paid 20% Less

Disabled people in New York City have a much higher unemployment rate than their non-disabled counterparts. Those that do have a job make significantly less money than their peers. This information is not surprising to those of us who advocate for disabled individuals, but it is still sobering to see hard data on something we have long suspected.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

SSD and Migraines

Can I receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits if I am a chronic migraine sufferer?

Migraines are severe headaches often accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, along with nausea. They may last for hours or even days. Migraines are considered the third most prevalent illness in the world, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. About one in four households in the United States are home to a migraine sufferer. Migraines range in severity and can be quite debilitating.
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