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Social Security Disability Archives

MY NEIGHBOR GETS DISABILITY - WHY CAN'T I?

We are often asked to explain to clients why they don't financially qualify for disability benefits, even though they worked most of their lives. A client might see a neighbor receiving disability from the Social Security Administration, and that neighbor never worked. What the client might not realize is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits to qualified individuals both with and without a work history.

Adding Compassion To the Social Security Process

At Quatrinini Rafferty, compassion and respect define our approach to the practice of law. We understand that applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a difficult and intimidating experience. The Social Security Disability lawyers at Quatrinini Rafferty - Tereasa Rerko, Brian Bronson, Michael Quatrini, and Adam Quatrini - are approachable, sympathetic, and knowledgeable.

Social Security New Policy Ruling: What Does it Mean?

The Social Security Administration has just released Policy Ruling 13-2p. These rulings occur infrequently and are designed to clarify the law for Social Security Administration judges. Social Security Ruling 13-2p focuses on how Social Security Judges consider cases involving drug and alcohol use. As the law is currently written, an individual may not be found disabled if drug or alcohol addiction is (1) the main reason for their disability, or (2) the drug or alcohol addiction aggravates an underlying condition. As the law now stands, the Social Security Judge must decide whether the drug or alcohol addiction is "material" to an individual's disability. The new ruling provides that if the disability claimant's drug or alcohol problem is material, the Administrative Law Judge is required to look at the entire evidence record to decide whether the individual's impairments, whether physical or mental, directly related to, caused by, or aggravated by, the drug or alcohol addiction. Where the Social Security Judge finds that it is, an unfavorable determination is most likely. Conversely, where the Social Security Judge determines that the drug or alcohol problem, in and of itself, does not have an effect on the individual's ongoing impairments, and these ongoing impairments are severe enough on their own to warrant a finding of disabled, a favorable decision may be reached, regardless of the addiction. It should be further noted that the new SSR 13-2p has not been officially released. It is currently in the public comment stage. The entire SSR 13-2p may be found here: http://ssa.gov/OP_Home/rulings/di/01/SSR2013-02-di-01.html

The Compassionate Allowance List (CAL)

The Social Security Administration maintains a Compassionate Allowance List (CAL) as a way to quickly identify medical conditions that will likely qualify for disability benefits, lessening the wait time for a decision.As of April 11, 2012, Social Security expanded the Compassionate Allowances List to include 52 new medical conditions. The 52 new Compassionate Allowance conditions are: Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome
Alobar Holoprosencephaly
Alpers Disease
Alpha Mannosidosis
Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Site
Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis
Child Neuroblastoma
Child Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Chondrosarcoma with multimodal therapy
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome-Classic Form
Ewings Sarcoma
Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma with metastases
Fucosidosis - Type 1
Galactosialidosis - Early Infantile Type
Glioma Grade III and IV
Hallervorden-Spatz Disease
Hepatoblastoma
Histiocytosis
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
Hydranencephaly
Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis
Hypophosphatasia Perinatal lethal Form
I Cell disease
Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease
Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease
Kufs Disease Type A and B
Lissencephaly
Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis Grade III
Malignant Brain Stem Gliomas - Childhood
Malignant Melanoma with metastases
Mastocytosis Type IV
Medulloblastoma with metastasis
Merkel Cell Carcinoma with metastases
Myocolonic Epilepsy and Ragged Red Fibers Syndrome
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
Obliterative Bronchiolitis
Ohtahara Syndrome
Orthochromatic Leukodystrophy with Pigmented Glia
Pearson Syndrome
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Classic Form
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Connatal Form
Peripheral Nerve Cancer - metastatic or recurrent
Perry Syndrome
Rhabdomyosarcoma
Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata
Schindler Disease Type 1
Smith Lemli Opitz Syndrome
Spinal Nerve Root Cancer- metastatic or recurrent
Stiff Person Syndrome
Tabes Dorsalis
Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome
Xeroderma PigmentosumTo view the complete list visit: /Social-Security-Disability/The-Compassionate-Allowance-List-CAL.shtml

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