tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-38487744351774676072010-12-14T13:46:27.419-08:00Jackson MS Disability LawyerJackson, MS Disability Lawyer and Social Security Attorney. Our Mississippi disability lawyers have offices in Jackson and Gulfport to assist you with Social Security and disability claims.Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comBlogger55125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-60904992083276057142010-12-04T18:16:00.000-08:002010-12-04T18:16:40.162-08:00Disability Lawyer in Jackson MississippiApplying for Social Security disability in Mississippi can be a daunting task. You need an experienced disability attorney to help you get the benefits you deserve. <br /><br />Many people find that after years of paying into the Social Security system and then becoming disabled, the Social Security Administration simply will not pay them the benefits they have earned. That's just not right. When you are wrongfully denied benefits, the Social Security disability lawyers at The Crowley Law Firm, PLLC are here to assist you.<br /><br />Disability is a major problem in the United States. According to Cornell University's <a href="http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/disabilitystatistics/StatusReports/2008-PDF/2008-StatusReport_US.pdf?CFID=10250686&CFTOKEN=21584256&jsessionid=f0305b5a9a30e1f9c59f77252927526a5d4c">Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics</a>, which collects disability statistics, over 36 million people reported suffering from some type of disability. The <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/p70-73.pdf">U.S. Census Bureau</a> estimates that the total number of disabled persons in the United States is actually more than 50 million. <a href="http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/disabilitystatistics/StatusReports/2008-PDF/2008-StatusReport_MS.pdf?CFID=10250686&CFTOKEN=21584256&jsessionid=f0305b5a9a30e1f9c59f77252927526a5d4c">Mississippi disability statistics</a> indicate that 482,300 Mississippians suffer from a disability. That means more than 16% of Mississippi's population has a disability.<br /><br />Any disability can deprive you of the ability to work. When that happens, you need an experienced Jackson disability attorney to help you get the disability benefits the law provides.<br /><br /><strong>Free Consultation and Case Evaluation</strong><br /><br />Many people who consider hiring a disability attorney are concerned about how much it costs to talk with a lawyer about the case.<br /><br />We don’t think anyone should ever have to pay just to talk with a lawyer about his or her disability case. That’s why we never charge a fee for an initial consultation.<br /><br /><strong>No Recovery-No Fee</strong><br /><br />Our Mississippi disability attorneys do not charge you any fees or expenses unless we win your disability case. If we don’t get you back benefits, then you don’t owe us a dime–no questions asked.<br /><br />This policy ensures that there is no risk for you when you hire us to handle your disability claim. No recovery = No fees.<br /><br /><strong>You Need An Experienced Mississippi Disability Lawyer</strong><br /><br />As with any legal problem, it is advisable to have an experienced Mississippi disability attorney assist you with your case.<br /><br />Our Mississippi disability attorneys can help speed the process of getting your claim approved, and may be able to get your disability claim approved before having to go through the hearing process. This can be very important because many people experience severe financial hardship while waiting for the hearing.<br /><br />Disability cases are complex. In order to win, you need an attorney with the knowledge to obatin a fully favorable decision in your Social Security. Because there is no recovery unless we win, you have nothing to lose by hiring us, but everything to gain. <br /><br />You have too much riding on your disability claim to try to handle it alone. If you have been denied disability benefits, or need help applying for disability, please contact us using the contact form to the right of this screen. You may also reach us by phone at 601.944.1984. We stand ready to help you.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-6090499208327605714?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-78981638069027917532010-12-04T16:52:00.000-08:002010-12-14T13:46:27.430-08:00Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Disability in MississippiAre you disabled due to carpal tunnel syndrome in Mississippi? You may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.<br /><br /><b>Carpal Tunnel Syndrome</b><br /><br />Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition of the wrist that causes great pain in the wrist, hand and arm.<br /><br />Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel of the wrist is pressed. The pressure on the nerve is caused by the swelling of tendons or other tissues in the wrist. When pressure is placed on this nerve, the result is severe pain that runs down through the hand and up through the arm.<br /><br /><strong>Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome</strong><br /><br />The exact cause of carpal tunnel syndrome has been the subject of much debate, with well-respected medical and scientific groups taking opposite positions. The debate usually boils down to those who believe carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by jobs that require repetitive tasks, and those who believe carpal tunnel is a naturally-occurring condition.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/">National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke</a> suggests that people with carpal tunnel are most likely born with a <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/carpal_tunnel/detail_carpal_tunnel.htm">smaller carpal tunnel in the wrist</a>, thereby making them more susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome. By contrast, the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/">National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health</a> (NIOSH) reports that 30 different studies have shown a relation between repetitive work and carpal tunnel syndrome.<br /><br />No matter the cause, if you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in Mississippi, you may be entitled to disability benefits.<br /><br /><strong>Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Disability in Mississippi</strong><br /><br />Under the Social Security Administration's guidelines, carpal tunnel syndrome is not listed in the SSA's Disability Evaluation Under Social Security manual. This does not mean you cannot be approved for disability for carpal tunnel syndrome. It simply means that there is no specific set of physical effects that a person must show in order to prove he is disabled. <br /><br />Because carpal tunnel syndrome is not listed as an impairment in the manual, disability examiners must use the more general test to determine if you are disabled.<br /><br />The examiner must first determine whether carpal tunnel syndrome prevents you from doing the work you did before you stopped working. If you are, in fact, unable to do the work you did before, then the examiner must proceed to the next question: Is there any other type of work you could do, given your current physical condition?&nbsp; If there is no other type of work you could do, then you will be approved for social security disability benefits.<br /><br />Proving that you are unable to do the kind of work you used to do should be fairly simple. After all, if you could still do that kind of work, you would probably be doing it instead of applying for disability. The key is to present sufficient <a href="http://www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com/2010/04/importance-of-medical-evidence-in.html">medical evidence of disability</a> to prove this fact.<br /><br />The determination of whether there is a different type of work you could do, will depend on a number of factors. These factors include: the physical effects carpal tunnel syndrome has on you, your past work experience, and your education and vocational training. Again, this question will depend upon the medical evidence as to the physical effects of carpal tunnel syndrome. The remainder of this this question--education, training and work history--will be answered by&nbsp;analyzing your education and work experience to determine if you are qualified to do any other type of work.<br /><br />Carpal tunnel syndrome presents unique challenges for anyone applying for disability in Mississippi. You can certainly be approved for disability due to carpal tunnel syndrome, but approval depends on presenting good solid evidence to the disability examiner or judge.<br /><br />We know how to prepare disability cases and get them approved. To talk to a <a href="/index.html">Jackson MS disability attorney</a>, please contact us at 601.944.1984 for a free consultation.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-7898163806902791753?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-50035093504155563772010-12-04T16:51:00.000-08:002010-12-11T16:53:20.604-08:00Disability for Breast Cancer in Mississippi<b>Disability for Breast Cancer in Mississippi<br /></b><br />A breast cancer victim in Mississippi may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Even though breast cancer is a serious, and often fatal, illness, there are still strict requirements to receive disability benefits for breast cancer in Mississippi.<br /><br /><b>The Breast Cancer Problem<br /></b><br />The <a href="http://cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@nho/documents/document/f861009final90809pdf.pdf ">American Cancer Society</a> estimates that more than 250,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. While most cases of breast cancer occurred in women, <a href="http://cancer.org/cancer/breastcancerinmen/detailedguide/breast-cancer-in-men-key-statistics ">men also can develop breast cancer</a>. Over 40,000 people died from breast cancer in 2009.<br /><br /><b>Types of Breast Cancer<br /></b><br />Breast cancer generally falls into one of two categories: <a href="http://mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/HQ00348">noninvasive and invasive</a>.<br /><br />Noninvasive (in situ) breast cancer refers to cancer that has stayed in the place where it started, and has not spread. Noninvasive breast cancer is treatable. Survival and remission rates are high in noninvasive breast cancer cases.<br /><br />Invasive breast cancer is much more serious than noninvasive breast cancer. Invasive breast cancer has spread from the place it began. Invasive breast cancer can spread throughout the body, resulting in death.<br /><br /><b>Breast Cancer Diagnosis<br /></b><br />Doctors use several tests to diagnose or confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer. These tests include:<br /><br />Mammogram<br />Breast biopsy<br />Breast exams<br />Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)<br /><br />Doctors may use more than one of these tests to confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, treatment must begin immediately.<br /><br /><b>Breast Cancer Treatment<br /></b><br />There are a number of treatment options available for persons suffering from breast cancer. The appropriate treatment will depend upon the individual patient, and the stage of the cancer (how far along the cancer has progressed).<br /><br />According to the National Cancer Institute, <a href="http://cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/Patient/page5#Keypoint23">treatment options may include</a> surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or targeted therapy. Each of these treatments have different benefits and adverse side effects.<br /><br /><b>Disability for Breast Cancer in Mississippi<br /></b><br />Getting on disability for breast cancer in Mississippi depends upon the severity of the cancer, how far along the cancer has progressed, and the side-effects of any treatment for the disease.<br /><br />There are certain situations where a person with breast cancer should be approved for disability without question. These situations include cancer/tumor that has directly extended to the chest wall or skin, breast cancer that has spread to the mammary, supraclavicular or infraclavicular nodes, or recurrent breast cancer (the cancer goes into remission then comes back). If any of these conditions exist, disability should be approved.<br /><br />Even if a person does not have one of these conditions, she may still qualify for disability for breast cancer in Mississippi. This will depend on the effects and physical limitations caused by the illness. Also, the disability examiner will consider the physical effects of the treatment being used to fight the cancer. For example, chemotherapy is known to have debilitating side effects that would prevent a person from working.<br /><br />If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and want more information about breast cancer disability in Mississippi, please contact us for a free consultation with a <a href="http://mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com/p/contact-us.html">Jackson MS disability lawyer</a> today.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-5003509350415556377?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-89806017207027092222010-12-04T16:50:00.000-08:002010-12-04T18:17:56.604-08:00Jackson Disability Lawyer–ADHD Disability–Attention Deficit Disorder DisabilityYou may qualify for disability due to ADHD, provided the evidence shows that you cannot work due to this illness, and you meet the severity standard set by the Social Security Administration.<br /><br />Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), are common illnesses that effect many Americans, both adults and children. <br /><br />The <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html#med">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a> has found that 5.4 million children suffer from ADHD/ADD in the United States. In addition to children, it estimated that 8 million adults have ADHD/ADD. This is because a substantial number of children who have ADHD/ADD, continue to suffer from the illness into adulthood.<br /><br /><strong>What is ADHD/ADD?</strong><br /><br />ADHD and ADD are actually two (2) different illnesses that share many of the same symptoms. The primary difference between ADHD and ADD is that ADHD involves hyperactivity, while a person with ADD may or may not be hyperactive. The symptoms are so similar that many medical professionals now say there is no difference between ADHD and ADD. <br /><br />The <a href="http://www.apa.org/topics/adhd/index.aspx">American Psychological Association</a> describes ADHD and ADD as behavioral illnesses that interfere with the ability to focus one’s attention. In addition to lack of focus and concentration, symptoms also include an inability to plan and perform tasks and an inability to get along with others. <br /><br />People who suffer from ADHD/ADD may also have a <a href="http://www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com/2010/11/can-i-get-on-disability-for-learning.html">learning disability</a>. This combination significantly interferes with a person’s ability to maintain employment. <br /><br /><strong>Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder</strong><br /><br />ADHD may cause a number of unpleasant symptoms. Some of the more common ADHD symptoms include:<br /><br /> • Difficulty concentrating<br /> • Lack of organization<br /> • Failure to complete tasks on time and general tardiness<br /> • Emotional and behavioral problems<br /> • Memory problems<br /> • Difficulty maintaining employment<br /> • Anxiety<br /> • Explosive anger<br /> • Impulsiveness<br /> • Procrastination <br /> • Easily frustrated and lacks patience<br /> • Talks too much<br /> • Inability to adapt to change<br /><br />There are other symptoms of ADHD and ADD, but these are the more common symptoms.<br /><br /><strong>Treatment for ADHD and ADD</strong><br /><br />Treatment for attention deficit disorder usually involves medication. These medicines are usually psychostimulants that contain amphetamine. More frequently prescribed ADHD medication includes Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta. These medications are generally effective at controlling the symptoms of ADHD.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Effects of ADHD/ADD</strong><br /><br />ADHD can take a devastating toll on a person's ability to function. Difficulty concentrating, disorganization and the inability to complete tasks on time are major disruptions to one’s activities of daily living. The symptoms caused by ADHD/ADD can make it difficult, if not impossible, to hold a job.<br /><br /><strong>How is ADHD/ADD diagnosed?</strong><br /><br /><em>Diagnosing Children</em><br /><br />In order to make a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD in a child, the doctor must gather a detailed medical history from several sources. Because there is no lab test or machine that can show whether a person has attention deficit disorder, the doctor must rely on what other people tell him about the patient’s symptoms of ADHD. <br /><br />The two (2) primary sources of this information are the child’s parents and teachers. These are the people who have the most interaction with the child, and are considered the best source of information for the doctor. In order to get a complete picture of the child’s history with ADHD, the doctor may ask the parents and teachers to answer written questions about the child’s condition.<br /><br /><em>Diagnosing Adult ADHD</em><br /><br />Diagnosing ADHD in an adult should follow essentially the same course. Instead of parents and teachers, the doctor should talk to a spouse or significant other to learn about the patient’s symptoms. The doctor might also obtain the adult patient’s school records to learn of any issues that would indicate the patient suffered from attention deficit disorder as a child.<br /><br />Doctors may also have the patient take a standardized written test that is designed to detect whether the patient has ADHD. Many medical professionals place great stock in the results of these tests.<br /><br /><strong>Disability for ADHD in Mississippi</strong><br /><br />Getting on disability for ADHD in Mississippi first requires a diagnosis of ADHD by a doctor or qualified health care provider. However, a diagnosis of ADHD is not enough. In order to receive disability for ADHD, there must be proof of how the symptoms of ADHD impair the ability to function.<br /><br /><em>ADHD Disability Claims for Children</em><br /><br />To get a child on disability for ADHD in Mississippi, there must be proof that the child has unusual degrees of inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. The medical documentation must show “marked” inattention, “marked” impulsiveness, and “marked” hyperactivity. In disability cases, the term <a href="http://www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com/2010/11/what-does-term-marked-mean-in-mental.html">“marked”</a> means that the inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity must be worse than moderate, but need not be extreme in order to qualify for disability for ADHD.<br /><br />In addition to showing marked inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness, there must also be proof that the child suffers from at least two of the following four effects of ADHD:<br /><br /> (1) Marked impairment in cognitive/communicative functioning (thinking and communicating). This must be based on findings by a doctor or other medical personnel, but should also take into account information provided by the parents or other persons who know the child. Doctors may also rely on the results of psychological tests in deciding whether this symptom is present.<br /><br /> (2) Marked impairment in social functioning as shown by medical findings, history provided by people familiar with the child, and the results of any standardized testing.<br /><br /> (3) Marked impairment in personal functioning, documented by medical findings, history and testing.<br /><br /> (4) Marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence or pace.<br /><br /><em>Requirements for Adult ADHD and Disability</em><br /><br /> An adult must meet the same requirements as a child. However, the adult claimant must go one step further and prove that he had symptoms of ADHD as a child. The doctor must also attempt to rule out or exclude any other possible medical problems before making a diagnosis of ADHD.<br /><br /> Getting on disability for ADHD in Mississippi is not easy, but it’s also not impossible. If you or a loved one has been rendered disabled by ADHD/ADD, please contact us to discuss your case with an experienced <a href="/index.html">Jackson ADHD disability lawyer</a>.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-8980601720702709222?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-56162196740511158032010-11-15T23:55:00.000-08:002010-11-14T14:23:49.853-08:00Where do I file for disability in Jackson, Mississippi?Filing for disability in the Jackson, Mississippi area can be done by going to the Social Security Administration's local office in downtown Jackson. You can go to the Jackson office in person to apply for disability between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.<br /><br />The Social Security disability office is located at 100 West Capitol Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39269. For directions to this office, please see: <a href="https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/Controller">directions to Jackson disability office</a>.<br /><br />Should you need to contact the SSA in Jackson by phone, you may call 1-866-331-8135.<br /><br />If driving to the Jackson disability office is inconvenient for you, please remember that you can also <a href="http://www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com/2010/11/how-do-i-file-for-disability-in.html">apply for disability in Mississippi online</a> or by phone.<br /><br />Also, if you prefer, our Jackson MS disability attorneys will be happy to prepare your initial claim for disability for you, and file the application with the Social Security Administration.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-5616219674051115803?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-83460994089087293282010-11-12T19:05:00.000-08:002010-11-05T19:18:39.145-07:00How much does a Mississippi disability lawyer cost?A Mississippi disability lawyer should only charge you a fee if he wins back benefits for you.<br /><br />The amount of the attorneys fee is set by federal law. According to Social Security regulations, attorneys fees are limited to 25% of the back benefits, and cannot exceed a total of $6,000.00. Disability lawyers do not take any fees from your monthly benefit checks that you get after your disability application is approved.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-8346099408908729328?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-56147693462437902042010-11-12T14:24:00.000-08:002010-11-14T15:01:59.119-08:00Types of Disability BenefitsThere are two primary types of disability benefits that may provide financial assistance to you if you are disabled and are unable to work. These Social Security disability programs include:<br /><br /><strong>SSDI or "Disability"</strong><br /><br />SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. This is the main disability program that many people think of when they hear the term "disability." SSDI covers people who become disabled and are unable to work. As of 2009, there were over 8.9 Million disabled Americans receiving SSDI benefits.<br /><br />SSDI is primarily for people who have maintained employment over a certain number of years and have paid into the Social Security program. The general requirements to receive SSDI include that a person has a medical condition that renders him unable to work, and that the condition is likely to last at least twelve (12) months (or has already lasted 12 months).<br /><br /><strong>Supplemental Security Income (SSI)</strong><br /><br />SSI benefits are designed to aid people with low-incomes, who are unable to work due to a disability. The Social Security Administration has reported that 1 in 6 persons who received SSDI benefits, also received SSI benefits to supplement their income. SSI's purpose is to make sure the most basic living necessities are met. These necessities include shelter, food, and clothing.<br /><br />Several categories of disabled persons may qualify for SSI. For example, a person who qualifies for SSDI and who also has no significant assets or income may qualify for SSI <strong>in addition to</strong> his SSDI benefits. <br /><br />Also, even though a person may not have worked a sufficient amount of time during his life to qualify for SSDI, may still qualify for SSI. The requirements for SSI on this basis are very technical and complicated. Whether a person qualifies for SSI will depend on the unique facts of the case. For this reason, each individual disability/SSI case must be evaluated based on the individual facts and evidence.<br /><br />Another category of citizens that may qualify for SSI are the parents of children who are disabled. In order to qualify for SSI, the child must not have income above a certain amount, and must suffer from some type of condition (physical, mental, or both), that severely limits the child's ability to function. Again, cases involving disabled children are complicated, and must be thoroughly investigated and evaluated in order to get the child on SSI.<br /><br />The Social Security programs serve as a "safety net" for Americans who become disabled or have children who are disabled. These programs prevent the sick and disabled from falling through the cracks of the system and becoming homeless and destitute. DDSI and SSI reflect our conscience as Americans that we have a moral duty to help our fellow citizens when they fall upon hard times.<br /><br />If you are disabled, or think you or your child may qualify for SSDI/disability or SSI benefits, please contact us today for a free consultation.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-5614769346243790204?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-50733335532303832872010-11-11T18:40:00.000-08:002010-11-14T12:21:18.272-08:00Where to file for disability in the Biloxi area.If you live in the Biloxi area and want to file for disability, you can go to the Social Security office in Biloxi, Mississippi and file your application. The Biloxi disability office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.<br /><br />The Biloxi disability office is located at 946 Tommy Munro Drive, Biloxi, Mississippi 39532. Directions to the Biloxi office can be obtained here: <a href="https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/Controller">directions to Biloxi social security disability office</a>. The phone number to the Biloxi office is 228-388-1432.<br /><br />Should you desire us to assist you with completing and filing your Biloxi disability application, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-5073333553230383287?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-75510181062370071422010-11-11T18:39:00.001-08:002010-11-20T14:05:06.165-08:00Disability for Back Pain and Back Injuries in MississippiBack pain and injuries are a common reason that people have to file for disability. There are many different types of bodily tissues that comprise the back and spine. These tissues are under constant stress, causing back pain. Back pain can be excruciating, and may cause a person to be unable to work.<br /><br /><strong>Back Injuries and Conditions</strong><br /><br />There are many different types of back injuries and conditions that may qualify a person for disability. These conditions include chronic back pain, mechanical back pain, lower back pain, herniated disc, bulging disc, degenerative disc disease and other diseases of the back and spine.<br /><br /><strong>Effects of Back Injuries and Conditions</strong><br /><br />A back injury can be crippling and make any physical activity impossible.<br /><br />The most obvious effect of a back injury is pain. Back pain can be severe and debilitating. Another effect of back conditions is weakness and/or pain in the legs. This pain can make walking, standing--or even sitting--unbearable. <br /><br />Another frequent effect of back pain is the inability to turn or twist. Doctors refer to this as having a limited range of motion, or a loss of range of motion.<br /><br />In extreme cases, a back condition or injury can cause a person to be bedridden or even paralyzed.<br /><br /><strong>Causes of Back Injuries</strong><br /><br />Back injuries have a number of causes. Many times, the work a person has done his entire life can cause a back injury and pain. Work that requires frequent bending or lifting has a high risk of causing back problems in workers. Over the course of time, these repeated movements can take a massive toll on a person's back and spine.<br /><br />Jobs that require long periods of standing or sitting are also likely to cause back injuries and disability. For example, truck drivers (especially over-the-road truckers) frequently suffer disability due to back conditions. This is caused by the long periods of time truckers spend sitting behind the wheel.<br /><br />Accidents can also cause back injuries that lead to disability. These traumatic injuries may occur due to on-the-job injuries, automobile accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and many other events.<br /><br />Regardless of the cause of your back pain or back injury, if you are unable to work, you may be entitled to disability benefits.<br /><br /><strong>Requirements for Disability due to Back Pain and Conditions</strong><br /><br />To qualify for disability due to a back injury, you must first meet the general requirement that you (1) have a back condition that prevents you from working and (2) that it is likely to last at least a year. Most people with back injuries can meet this requirement.<br /><br />You must also prove that your back pain is severe enough that it prevents you from working. The Social Security Administration will consider several factors to decide whether your back injury is bad enough to prevent you from working. These factors include:<br /><br />(a) whether the back problem limits your ability to walk for a reasonable distance, including whether walking causes increased pain;<br /><br />(b) whether the condition or pain in your back limits your ability to complete tasks in a timely manner;<br /><br />(c) whether your condition causes difficulty with daily activities, such as shopping, cleaning, going to the bank, etc.;<br /><br />(d) Whether you have difficulty in reaching, pushing, pulling, grasping, bending or pulling;<br /><br />(e) The effects of treatment and/or medication on your symptoms and ability to work.<br /><br />In our experience, proving you are disabled due to back pain or injury can be accomplished, but only if the case is properly prepared. As always, presenting proper and complete medical proof of your condition is essential to getting approved for disability in Mississippi.<br /><br />Our Jackson MS Disability Attorneys are available to discuss your disability case. Please contact a Mississippi disability lawyer online, or call us at 601.944.1984. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about disability and back pain and injuries.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-7551018106237007142?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-84939437630827717672010-11-11T18:39:00.000-08:002010-11-14T09:03:41.755-08:00Disability for Mental RetardationA person may qualify for disability for mental retardation. There are several ways to qualify for disability on this basis.<br /><br />First, a person may qualify for disability on this basis if he suffers from mental incapacity that causes him to be dependent on others for his personal needs to such a degree that he cannot take intellectual tests to measure his intellectual functioning.<br /><br />Second, a person may qualify if intelligence tests show that the person has an IQ of 59 or less.<br /><br />Third, a person may qualify for disability due to mental retardation if he scores an IQ of 60 to 70 on intelligence tests, and has other physical or mental problems that limit his ability to work.<br /><br />Fourth, a person may qualify if he has an IQ of 60 to 70, and that impairment interferes with his <strong><a href="http://www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com/2010/11/activities-of-daily-living-in-mental.html">activities of daily living</a></strong>, social functioning or concentration.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-8493943763082771767?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-48666403761524226272010-11-11T18:30:00.000-08:002010-11-21T02:21:36.880-08:00Jackson MS Disability Lawyer On AsthmaYou may qualify for disability for asthma, provided your condition meets the Social Security Administration's requirements.<br /><br /><strong>What is Asthma?</strong><br /><br />Asthma is a disease of the body's airways that interferes with breathing. When we breathe, oxygen enters the lungs through these air passages. Asthma causes the air passages to become inflamed and narrow. As a result, not enough oxygen enters the lungs, and a person is unable to breathe properly.<br /><br /><strong>Effects of Asthma</strong><br /><br />Asthma causes shortness of breath, wheezing and chest pain. A person suffering from an asthma attack may literally feel like he or she is suffocating.<br /><br /><strong>Causes of Asthma</strong><br /><br />The exact causes of asthma is unknown. Some people are born with asthma, while others are not. <br /><br />There are substances that can aggravate asthma and trigger an asthma attack. These substances include cigarette smoke, pollen, pet dander from animal hair and dust.<br /><br /><strong>Disability for Asthma</strong><br /><br />You may qualify for disability for asthma if your condition is severe enough to keep you from working. Disability examiners consider several factors to decide whether your asthma prevents you from working. Some of these factors include:<br /><br />(a) whether you also suffer from chronic asthmatic bronchitis.<br /><br />(b) whether you have asthma attacks that happen frequently.<br /><br />(c) whether you have asthma attacks that require treatment by a doctor.<br /><br />(d) whether you have been hospitalized for asthma attacks.<br /><br />(e) whether you use medication for asthma and whether the medication helps your condition.<br /><br />If you are unable to work due to asthma, please contact us for a free case evaluation.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-4866640376152422627?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-49076604685133752912010-11-11T00:01:00.000-08:002010-11-20T22:52:52.835-08:00Jackson Disability Lawyer on Herniated Disc DisabilityA herniated disc may qualify you for disability in Mississippi.<br /><br /><strong>What is a herniated disc?</strong><br /><br />A herniated disc is a serious condition of the spine that causes severe back pain. The bones that make up the spine are separated by small discs. These discs sit between each vertebra in the spine and function like "shock absorbers." They also make the back flexible. Discs are sponge-like and softer than bone.<br /><br />Sometimes, a disc will break open. When this happens, the damaged disc will usually touch a nerve that runs through the spine. This condition is referred to as a herniated disc. A herniated disc results in severe back pain.<br /><br />Herniated discs occur most often in the lower back (lumbar spine). However, herniated discs may also occur in the upper back (cervical spine), or the neck (thoracic spine).<br /><br /><strong>Effects of a herniated disc</strong> <br /><br />The most immediate effect of a herniated disc is severe pain. The pain from a herniated disc may travel from the back and into the legs. A herniated disc may also cause numbness or weakness in the back and legs.<br /><br /><strong>Causes of herniated disc</strong><br /><br />A herniated disc may be caused by trauma, such as that caused by an automobile accident or fall. Herniated discs may also be caused by lifting heavy objects improperly or twisting the body. Herniated discs caused by lifting or twisting are commonly found in persons who have jobs that require repeated bending and lifting.<br /><br /><strong>Diagnosis and treatment of herniated discs</strong><br /><br />Doctors use different tests to find out whether a person has a herniated disc. These tests may include MRI, CT, nerve conduction test, myelogram, discography or nerve root blocks.<br /><br />After doctors diagnose you with a herniated disc, there are various treatment options, based upon how severe the symptoms. A herniated disc may be treated with surgery to repair the disc. The most common type of surgery for a herniated disc is the discectomy. <br /><br />The symptoms of herniated disc may also be treated with medication. Narcotics may be used to reduce the pain, while steroids or muscle relaxers may be used to help reduce inflammation.<br /><br /><strong>Disability due to a herniated disc</strong><br /><br />A herniated disc can easily cause pain and weakness that prevents you from working. If you have a herniated disc and are unable to work, you may qualify for disability benefits.<br /><br />The Social Security Administration will look at all your medical records to decide whether your herniated disc keeps you from working. The SSA will consider things such as the severity of your pain, limitation of motion, muscle weakness, reflex loss, the need for surgery, and other factors.<br /><br />If you are unable to work due to a herniated disc, contact our Jackson MS disability lawyers for a free consultation.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-4907660468513375291?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-68982179416562637732010-11-10T07:58:00.000-08:002010-11-15T18:53:57.236-08:00Disability for amputated hand, amputated arm or amputated leg in MississippiA person who has lost a hand, arm or leg due to amputation may qualify for disability in Mississippi.<br /><br /><strong>What is an amputation?</strong><br /><br />Amputation of a body part means that the body part is completely removed. In disability cases, amputation usually involves the arms or legs.<br /><br />Amputations can be either surgical or traumatic. Surgical amputation occurs when a doctor does surgery and removes the limb in order to prevent infection and further damage to the body. Traumatic amputation occurs when some type of trauma or accident cuts the limb from the body.<br /><br /><strong>Causes of Amputation</strong><br /><br />Amputation can be caused by a number of things. Common causes of amputation are diabetes, traumatic injuries due to accidents, blood circulation problems, Peripheral Vascular Disease, infections, bone cancer, sepsis, and other illnesses. <br /><br /><strong>Disability for Amputation</strong><br /><br />Loss of a hand, arm or leg can cause a person to be disabled (unable to work). Social security disability law considers several factors to decide whether the amputation qualifies a person for disability. These factors include:<br /><br />a. the body part (hand, arm or leg) that was amputated;<br /><br />b. the physical effects of the loss of the hand, arm or leg;<br /><br />c. whether there were multiple amputations;<br /><br />d. the effects of a prosthesis on the injury and ability to work; and<br /><br />e. the effect of the loss of the hand, arm or leg on the person’s activities of daily living.<br /><br />As with all cases, it is vital that proper proof of each of these factors be submitted to the SSA. The more proof that is submitted, the more likely the person will be approved for disability.<br /><br />Jackson MS disability lawyers stand ready to help you with your disability claim. Please contact us to discuss your case.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-6898217941656263773?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-37528550221433737732010-11-10T00:57:00.000-08:002010-11-07T18:46:33.794-08:00How the consultative examination can wreck a disability claim based upon a mental disorder.Many times, a disability examiner will base the decision to deny a claim primarily on a single examination of the claimant by a doctor chosen by Disability Determination Services. One examination by a doctor who has never seen the claimant before is a poor basis upon which to deny a disability claim. This is especially true in cases involving mental disorders.<br /><br />People who have suffered from mental impairments for a long period of time and have received treatment and/or medication, may have structured their lives in such a way to minimize the symptoms of the illness. This usually includes avoiding stress and other things that might trigger or aggravate the symptoms. In those cases, a single consultative exam will not adequately determine whether a person is capable of functioning in a stress-filled work environment for an extended period of time. <br /><br />If the results of the consultative exam are left unanswered, the disability application will almost certainly be denied. Therefore, it is very important that your disability attorney submit proof of how you function during times of increased stress. This type of proof is both a reliable and accurate indicator of whether you can function in the workplace.<br /><br />If your application for disability has been denied, please contact us using the confidential contact form to the right of the screen. You may also contact our Mississippi disability lawyers by phone at 601.944.1984. There is no charge for an initial consultation.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-3752855022143373773?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-39859959053031615782010-11-10T00:14:00.000-08:002010-11-21T02:12:49.792-08:00Disability for Hip Replacement in MississippiHip replacement is a major surgery that may qualify you for disability.<br /><br /><strong>What is hip replacement surgery?</strong><br /><br />Hip replacement surgery is an operation where a painful hip is replaced with an artificial hip. Pain from arthritis is the leading cause of hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is quite extensive, requiring the doctor to cut into the thigh bone to remove the hip joint and insert the artificial one. The surgery is so invasive that the patient usually has to stay in the hospital for a week following the surgery.<br /><br /><strong>Treatment after hip replacement</strong><br /><br />Doctors almost always prescribe physical therapy after hip replacement surgery. Physical therapy can last from a few weeks to several months, depending upon how quickly the patient recovers from the surgery.<br /><br />Doctors also may treat the pain from hip replacement surgery with narcotic pain medication. Other medication may be prescribed to reduce the pain and inflammation caused by the surgery.<br /><br /><strong>Effects of hip replacement surgery</strong><br /><br />While the goal of hip replacement surgery is the elimination of pain, some patients never return to work after surgery. Complications include stiffening of the joint and a restricted range of motion.<br /><br />Hip replacement surgeries are not always successful, and the side effects of the operation may prevent you from going back to work. If you can't work due to a hip replacement, contact us to speak to a disability lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-3985995905303161578?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-86998565049132044952010-11-09T23:54:00.000-08:002010-11-07T18:46:48.994-08:00Can I get on disability for panic attacks or anxiety in Mississippi?Yes. Anxiety and panic attacks are known as anxiety disorders that are recognized by the Social Security Administration.<br /><br />In order to prove that you suffer from anxiety disorder, there must be a description of your typical reaction when stricken with a panic attack. You must also provide the disability examiner with a description of the nature, frequency and duration of the panic attacks. If you know what triggers the panic attacks, you should also provide this information. Further, if there are things or situations that aggravate or make your anxiety worse, you should provide this information as well.<br /><br />Disability regulations state that the evidence must show that you suffer from one of the following:<br /><br />1. Generalized persistent anxiety with certain panic-type symptoms;<br /><br />2. A persistent irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation which results in a compelling desire to avoid the dreaded object, activity, or situation; or <br /><br />3. Recurrent severe panic attacks manifested by a sudden unpredictable onset of intense apprehension, fear, terror and sense of impending doom occurring on the average of at least once a week; or <br /><br />4. Recurrent obsessions or compulsions which are a source of marked distress; or <br /><br />5. Recurrent and intrusive recollections of a traumatic experience, which are a source of marked distress.<br /><br />After establishing one of these conditions, the evidence must also show that the conditions and symptoms cause at least two of the following:<br /><br />1. Marked restriction of activities of daily living; or <br /><br />2. Marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; or <br /><br />3. Marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace; or <br /><br />4. Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration. <br /><br />(Note that if the anxiety or panic disorder causes a person to be completely incapable of functioning outside the home, then he or she does not have to prove at least two of these results.)<br /><br />This is a long list of requirements, but getting approved for disability due to anxiety and panic disorder is easier than you think. Please contact our Mississippi disability lawyers today for a free case evaluation.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-8699856504913204495?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-84912964380110951392010-11-08T23:23:00.000-08:002010-11-07T18:47:05.385-08:00How IQ tests can be used in your disability case.Disability cases involving mental disorders may depend on intelligence tests, also known as IQ tests, to establish disability.<br /><br />Intelligence tests are standardized tests that help disability examiners verify mental disorders, such as mental retardation and learning disabilities.<br /><br />These tests may be performed at the request of the disability examiner as part of the consultative examination after your disability application is filed. However, if the claimant's own doctors have performed these tests before the application was filed, the SSA may rely on the results of those tests.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-8491296438011095139?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-26256979820291330472010-11-07T23:16:00.000-08:002010-11-07T18:47:27.976-08:00Jackson MS Disability Attorney Explains The Need For Medical Evidence Over TimeDisability claims are evaluated on the basis of medical evidence. The most reliable medical evidence comes from the medical evidence of your treating physicians.<br /><br />The longer you have been treated for your condition, the longer "paper trail" you will have to prove your disability claim. In mental illness or disorder cases, this is referred to as "longitudinal" evidence.<br /><br />The Social Security Administration prefers to see evidence of your condition over a longer period of time because your level of functioning can change. At some points, you may be functioning quite well. At other times, you may not be able to function at all. In order to get a true picture of how your condition effects your life, records and evidence over a significant period of time are preferred.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-2625697982029133047?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-27587009389364660362010-11-07T18:58:00.000-08:002010-11-07T19:53:05.396-08:00Can I get disability for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may qualify you for disability benefits. PTSD is classified by the Social Security Administration as an anxiety-related disorder.<br /><br />PTSD is a disorder that can develop after exposure to a traumatic or terrifying event. A person who suffers from PTSD usually experiences great anxiety, stress and fear of harm, even though he or she may no longer be in any danger. This anxiety may become so severe that the victim is not able to maintain employment. In addition to employment, PTSD may also severely interfere with personal relationships and other aspects of a person's life.<br /><br />If you suffer from PTSD that prevents or interferes with your ability to work, please contact our Jackson MS disability attorneys for a free consultation.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-2758700938936466036?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-11177621976470744442010-11-07T18:51:00.000-08:002010-11-07T18:57:49.297-08:00Can I get on disability for bipolar in Mississippi?Yes, you may qualify for disability due to bipolar in Mississippi.<br /><br />The requirements to get on disability due to bipolar disorder are similar to those for depression. The primary difference is that there must also be symptoms of mania. These symptoms include hyperactivity, decreased need for sleep, inflated self-esteem, risk taking, and others.<br /><br />If you meet the requirements, you may qualify for disability benefits for bipolar disorder. For a free, confidential case evaluation of your disability claim, please contact our Mississippi disability lawyers.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-1117762197647074444?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-11171779246532223722010-11-06T21:49:00.000-07:002010-11-07T18:47:42.575-08:00Types of evidence in disability claims due to mental illness.For disability claims based on mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, the Social Security Administration considers three (3) main types of evidence.<br /><br /><strong>Symptoms</strong><br /><br />The SSA must know the symptoms your illness causes. This is simply a description of your illness. This information comes from you. <br /><br /><strong>Psychiatric Signs</strong><br /><br />Psychiatric signs are medical descriptions of your symptoms. Evidence of psychiatric signs must come from a medical provider, such as a doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist.<br /><br /><strong>Laboratory Findings</strong><br /><br />Laboratory findings are also evidence of the severity of your mental illness. Lab findings in mental illness cases usually comes from psychological testing, and must be provided by medical personnel.<br /><br />The Social Security Administration will review all three types of evidence relating to your mental illness. This evidence will then be used to determine whether you qualify for disability.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-1117177924653222372?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-88312965046501168562010-11-05T21:48:00.000-07:002010-11-07T18:48:59.136-08:00Activities of daily living in mental illness disability cases in Mississippi.One very important factor in deciding your disability claim based on mental illness, is how your condition effects your activities of daily living.<br /><br />This refers to how your illness impacts your daily life. For example, does your illness cause difficulty in things like cleaning, shopping, cooking, driving, paying bills, keeping up your house, grooming and hygiene, etc. The more your illness causes you difficulty in these types of tasks, the more likely your disability claim will be approved.<br /><br />This information can be proven by your own testimony or the reports you have made to your doctors. This can also be proven by the testimony of a spouse, relative or friend who has witnessed you having problems with these tasks. This is especially true if these witnesses have had to assist you in some of these tasks. The importance of calling these witnesses can be the difference between your claim being approved, and it being denied. Despite the obvious importance of these witnesses to testify, many lawyers overlook the witnesses and rely only upon the claimant’s testimony. In our opinion, this is a big mistake and can result in your disability claim being denied.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-8831296504650116856?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-10210601090391867462010-11-05T21:44:00.000-07:002010-11-05T21:45:30.493-07:00What is an “episode of decompensation” and what does it have to do with my disability claim?Episode of decompensation is another term that seems complicated, yet has a fairly simple meaning. An episode of decompensation means that your mental illness temporarily got worse than normal. After the temporary worsening of the symptoms, the symptoms then return to “normal.” These episodes are important, as they are proof that you are disabled by your condition. The SSA will find repeated episodes where this has occurred three (3) times in a year, with each episode lasting at least two (2) weeks. Episodes of decompensation can be proven by showing that you had increased difficulty with your daily activities and your relationships with other people. Medical records that indicate a major change in medication or hospitalization may establish these episodes of decompensation.<br /><br />The reason SSA considers decompensation is because these worsening of symptoms can have a great impact on a person’s ability to work. Where a person has a mental illness that suddenly gets worse several times a year, that person will likely have great difficulty maintaining employment. These episodes sometimes require a person to remove himself from stressful situations (such as work). For these reasons, a person who suffers from these episodes is likely to meet the requirements for disability benefits.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-1021060109039186746?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-75159880662988859412010-11-05T19:08:00.000-07:002010-11-05T19:09:08.231-07:00How long does it take to get a decision on my disability claim in Mississippi?It is impossible to predict exactly how long it will take to get a decision after you apply for disability in Mississippi. The SSA tries to estimate how long the process might take, but these estimates are seldom accurate. The length of time it takes to get a decision depends on the complexity of your case, the number of doctors you have, and how long it takes the disability examiner to obtain your medical records from your doctors.<br /><br />The best way to make the process faster is to have an experienced Mississippi social security disability lawyer handle your claim. A Mississippi disability lawyer knows what records need to be submitted, as well as the quickest way to obtain these records.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-7515988066298885941?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3848774435177467607.post-66333045523445795472010-11-05T18:24:00.001-07:002010-11-14T09:06:05.387-08:00How do I file for disability in Mississippi?The Social Security Administration provides three ways for you to file for disability benefits in Mississippi.<br /><br />First, you can file an application for disability benefits by going to the Social Security office in person. A representative will take your application. This process may take several hours, depending on how many customers are in line ahead of you.<br /><br />Second, you can contact the local Social Security office by phone. The SSA office will schedule a time for you to give an interview and submit your application, either in person or over the phone.<br /><br />Third, you may go to the Social Secutity Administration's website, <a href="http://ssa.gov">www.ssa.gov</a>, and submit your application online. This is by far the fastest way to apply for disability in Mississippi. However, it can also be the trickiest, as there is no one to assist you with completing the application. Consequently, there is a possibility that you will make errors on the paperwork. These errors may result in significant delays in processing your claim for disability.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/3848774435177467607-6633304552344579547?l=www.mississippidisabilitylawyerblog.com' alt='' /></div>Curt Crowleyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15704349341530572678noreply@blogger.com