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Does restless legs syndrome qualify for SSD benefits?

Restless legs syndrome is a condition in which a person experiences an uncomfortable feeling in their legs that is typically followed by the "irresistible urge to move [your] legs to relieve the sensation." If you're like 10 percent of Americans, you too have experienced this condition. And if you're like some of our Ohio readers, then you're probably wondering if it's a condition that can significantly impact someone's life.

Depending on the severity of the sensation and the frequency in which a person experiences RLS, this condition can have an impact on a person's life, particularly their ability to sleep. That's because most people experience RLS symptoms in the evening, just before bed, which can affect their quality if sleep. As our readers may know, some sleep disorders, such as insomnia, have been known to cause other health conditions that can also be disabling.

When it comes to Social Security, legal support can be crucial

When people read about or discuss Social Security disability, it can be easy to get a little lost in the discussion. Many people across Cincinnati may just try and ignore the topic of SSDI because it is overwhelming, confusing and politically charged in ways that can be difficult to put into the context of individual lives.

However, SSDI is critically important to millions of people across the United States. Even if you aren't interested in the complex background, process and future of the system, it can be crucial to work with someone who is and who understands the value of Social Security for the disabled workers and families who rely on it.

House adopts rule that will either hurt or help SSD trust fund

Anyone who understands basic math knows that if you spend more than you make, eventually you will run out of money. This can leave you in a very serious financial situation. How will you pay your debts, your bills or every day expenses?

Since 2005, the Social Security disability trust has been doing just this: paying out more in benefits than it has been taking in from payroll taxes. Applying the same rule as above, it became clear that the Social Security Administration would have a major problem on their hands if they didn't equalize the debt-to-income ratio. After crunching the numbers, the trustees discovered how quickly this would happen: 2016.

Top 5 things to consider before apply for SSDI

Whether you are just starting to fill out your application or are already deep into the process, there is one thing that you have probably learned by now: the process for Social Security Disability Insurance is a long and complex one. If you're feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by it, you're not alone. This is something just about everyone has felt at one time or another when they applied as well.

To cut down on this frustration for people just starting the process, we want to present five important things we'd like our Ohio readers to consider before applying for benefits. These tips may not only increase your understanding of the disability benefits you are applying for but may expedite your application as well.

How can I avoid the denial of my SSDI claim?

If you are like many Americans who have suffered serious illnesses or injuries and are seeking out Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you are probably wondering how you can streamline the process and avoid having your claim denied.

This question is more important than you might think. According to the Social Security Administration, denials of initial applications for disability claims have averaged nearly 53 percent between 2001 and 2010. Further, only a small percentage of initially denied claims in that time were granted on appeal.

If you want to receive the benefits you need, it is extremely important to avoid a denial of your initial claim if at all possible.

Pfizer announces expansion of rare disease research and treatment

For a person who has a rare or particularly debilitating condition, there are two things that sit highest in their minds most of the time: getting treatment for their condition and getting access to the disability benefits they deserve. Unfortunately for some though, a condition may be so rare that it may not be seen as a disabling condition by the Social Security Administration. In other cases, there may not be a treatment, oftentimes meaning a high chance of mortality.

While a skilled attorney can oftentimes help someone get the disability benefits they deserve, an attorney can do little about getting them the treatments they may need to prolong their life. This is where Pfizer is looking to step in, especially in the area of rare diseases. Thanks to an expansion of their research and development department, the pharmaceutical company may finally be able to provide treatments where none existed before.

PTSD stops many Ohio residents from working

Scientists and the general public have learned a lot about post-traumatic stress disorder in recent years, as many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have returned with this debilitating mental condition. Exposure to the traumas of war has long led to PTSD in veterans, but it is not until the last few years that this disorder has begun gaining mainstream recognition.

Of course, as PTSD has come out of the shadows, it has become clear that a military conflict is not the only situation that can trigger it. Many people in Ohio are living with PTSD due to:

Disabled workers: Consider all the sources for benefits

Being unable to work can be a devastating experience for any person. If you are sick or injured seriously enough that you can't perform your job duties, you are likely very worried about your finances. 

Under many circumstances, a worker in this position has the option to pursue financial benefits. One critical resource can be Social Security disability benefits, which are available to workers who suffer from a qualifying injury or illness. These benefits can at least partially cover medical expenses and the cost of basic needs. However, for a number of reasons, a disabled worker may want to also consider additional sources of compensation.

Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome and your eligibility for SSDI

Did you know that there are more than 100 conditions on the Social Security Administration's list of Compassionate Allowances?  That means that there are more than 100 physical and mental conditions that not only meet the SSA's definition of a disability but are also eligible for benefits that can be used to help cover living expenses and medical bills as well as offset the loss of income due to a loss of employment due to a disabling condition.

We bring this up this week because of a rare disorder linked to a recessive gene on the X-chromosome called Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome.  As you may not know, this particular condition is listed as a Compassionate Allowance.  So what makes this condition qualify for the fast track to benefits?  Let's take a look.

Is it too easy to obtain SSDI benefits?

The question posed in the headline of this post is an argument that has gone on for decades, possibly since the inception of Social Security Disability Insurance.

There are many who point to the minority of beneficiaries who are receiving benefits for apparently dubious illnesses or injuries as an indication that the Social Security Administration is too generous or lenient.

A recent NPR report entitled "Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America" by Chana Joffe-Walt points out that there are places in the country where nearly one in four are receiving benefits.

But does this mean that it is too easy to collect benefits?

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