SSD Injuries, Illnesses, Diseases
There are many conditions that qualify for Social Security disability, but over the past few decades, the various forms of cancer have ravaged the lives of countless cancer victims and their families, and ended the lives of many others. Social Security Disability can be a great option to continue supporting your family if the effects of cancer have made it impossible for you to continue working.
If you are looking into Social Security Disability, or if you have already applied and received a denial of benefits letter from the agency, we can help. Our cancer and SSD lawyer has been through this process many times and can help you get the benefits you need.
Cancer and SSD Eligibility
SSD eligibility is a source of confusion for many people, and there are a lot of SSD and SSI myths out there adding to the confusion. Some of the important aspects of SSD eligibility for cancer sufferers include:
- Disability: The most important aspect of SSD, regardless of the particular illness or injury, is the SSD definition of “disability.” According to SSD, to be eligible, you need to be disabled, which means you are unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA). If you can do any work, even if that work provides far less pay than the work you used to do, you are not eligible for benefits.
- Eligibility for veterans: Many veterans who are receiving veteran’s disability benefits are also eligible to receive SSD benefits.
- After cancer: In many cases where the cancer was “cured” or “in remission,” we have successfully attained SSD benefits for our clients, because the residual effects of the radiation and chemotherapy treatments can still render them disabled.
Living With Chronic Pain: Do You Qualify for SSD or SSI? Contact an Attorney
Chronic conditions of pain, whether resulting from injury, illness or otherwise, often go hand in hand with financial needs and inability to work. You may be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income if you live with pain for any of these reasons:
- You were attacked, you fell or you were in a car accident and you suffered a head injury or broken bone.
- Although your concussion or bone has healed, you now experience ongoing nerve pain or mental pain.
- A catastrophic injury left you partially paralyzed or otherwise disabled. Numbness, tingling and pain are present in some areas of your body.
- You suffered a stroke or heart attack, and pain issues continue.
- You are living with cancer and must cope with pain.
- You have been diagnosed with a chronic ailment such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, crippling arthritis or some other chronic ailment impairs your ability to function physically, emotionally or vocationally.
If you are fortunate enough to have a healthy spouse or other close family member, that person may make it possible for you to continue to live as a normal member of a community in spite of your chronic pain and disability. Or you may be living in a homeless shelter. Whatever your situation, if chronic pain plagues you and you need financial support, you are encouraged to contact an attorney whose law practice is focused on injury, illness and disability.
Individual cases vary greatly when chronic pain impairs. Some clients have found Daisley Law Offices, P.C. to be a beacon of hope as we explored and advised clients on avenues of support.
We offer understanding and knowledge of the systems that may provide help when chronic pain dominates your life. We do not promise to help clients bypass processes and procedures in applications and appeals — but rather, to help them navigate these procedures to their best advantage.
Daisley Law Offices, P.C., represents North Carolinians who suffer the effects of a variety of illnesses and injuries, including the following:
- Traumatic injuries such as brain injury
- Disability conditions such as fibromyalgia or cancer
- Mental health impairments such as PTSD and bipolar disorder
- Orthopedic injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fatal illnesses such as cancer, which are perhaps under control but result in ongoing medical complications
- Chronic health problems such as diabetes mellitus
People suffering from diabetes mellitus may have no symptoms for a long time. This disease may exist for years before it is diagnosed or before it becomes disabling. Once symptoms begin, they may include the following:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Weight gain
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing sores
- Frequent infections
- Nerve damage
- Red, swollen, tender gums
If your diabetes mellitus is in the early stages, you are encouraged to pursue diagnosis and treatment in hopes of preventing further complications. If it has reached an advanced stage, you may experience pain, numbness and tingling in your hands, arms and legs. The condition can lead to the loss of use of a limb or even amputation. If you are a veteran suffering from diabetes, this may entitle you to additional VA benefits. Let us explore that possibility with you.
Pulmonary diseases involve the respiratory tract. Their severity can range anywhere from slight difficulty breathing to wrongful death. If you are looking for SSD benefits for a pulmonary disease, make sure you work with an experienced attorney who takes the time to understand your needs as a client.
We can help you understand the probability of whether you will be eligible for benefits, and we will help you through every stage of the complicated SSD process.
Another thing we do especially well is something that many firms overlook: taking good care of our clients. People who hire the large, out-of-state firms usually don’t even talk to their attorneys until there is a hearing. We take pride in taking the time necessary right in the beginning with our clients. We will listen to your story learn about your goals. Then we will work with you side by side to get your benefits.
We can represent clients in many different type of pulmonary illness:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Breathing problems amongst smokers
The capacity for a stomach, intestine or liver disorder to be disabling can be hard to grasp if you have not personally suffered from one of them or witnessed someone go through the challenges posed by them firsthand. It may feel easy to dismiss how difficult life is with one of these disorders if you have not experienced it or known someone who did.
The reality of living with stomach, intestine and liver disorders is not just unpleasant, it can be unbearable. If you are suffering from one of these types of disorders, our experienced disability attorney can help you secure benefits that can have a serious positive impact on your life.
At Daisley Law Offices, P.C., we have been helping people secure the disability benefits they need and deserve for decades. During that time we have learned what medical evidence is necessary and how to use it to construct a solid case for our clients. Let us put that skill and experience to work for you.
We offer our assistance to those suffering from a range of stomach, intestine and liver disorders, including:
- Crohn’s disease
- Short bowel syndrome (SBS or short gut)
- Hepatitis C
- Irritable bowel syndrome
We have helped clients secure disability benefits from:
- Social Security Disability (SSD)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans Affairs (VA)
Mental Health Disabilities Can Prevent You From Earning A Wage
Mental health conditions can run the full range from mildly disruptive to impacting an individual’s ability to maintain gainful employment. When a mental health condition prevents you from earning a living, you are likely eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
At Daisley Law Offices, P.C., our attorney has extensive experience guiding clients through the process of applying for SSD benefits. By maintaining multiple offices throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, we can help clients over the phone or in a convenient office location.
Genetic Factors In Mental Disorders
A recent paper published by the National Institutes of Health summarized the findings of an international research consortium that analyzed the genetic roots of mental disorders. The researchers discovered illness-linked variation for five disorders:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Major depression
While medical professionals have long recognized that these disorders share symptoms, it is now understood that they tend to run in families. Genetic associations themselves only account for a small risk, so they could not be used to predict or diagnose specific conditions. Taken as a whole, though, the genetic root of a mental disorder can be seen as a factor in the overall diagnosis. Contact a lawyer to learn more about your legal options.
Personality is a term used to collectively define the characteristics that set one individual apart from another. A personality disorder, then, is a condition that arises when one’s personality places him or her at odds with societal norms and expectations. It is not uncommon for a personality disorder to prevent an individual from maintaining gainful employment.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes personality disorders as conditions that qualify individuals for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In either North Carolina or South Carolina, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation to discuss your unique situation. Daisley Law Offices, P.C., is well-equipped to provide the representation you need.
Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Due To Personality Disorder
Personality disorders are typically categorized based on the main symptoms. Common disorders include:
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Passive-aggressive personality disorder
Personality disorders can be disruptive and make it difficult to cope with certain demands in the workplace. A knowledgeable lawyer can examine your medical records and help you understand the SSD process. Our staff of dedicated professionals will listen to your concerns and provide the legal guidance and advice you need. We maintain offices in Charlotte, Fayetteville and Raleigh for the convenience of our clients.