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Second denial of a disability claim

Many people living in West Virginia and throughout the country file for Social Security disability benefits because they have a medical condition that affects their ability to earn a living. In many cases, the initial application for benefits as well as a reconsideration request will be denied. While this can be discouraging, individuals applying for disability may find greater success during the appeals process.

Your eyesight and your ability to claim disability benefits

When you cannot work, it seriously impairs your ability to pay for medical care and other things you need in daily life. Whether you are newly disabled or you have been unable to work for your entire adult life, you understand the importance of securing disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. This is especially important for people who are visually impaired.

Disability benefits are meant to be a long-term solution

West Virginia residents and others who are seeking government disability benefits cannot obtain them on a short-term basis. Those who are seeking Social Security disability benefits must prove that they have been unable to earn a gainful income for at least 12 months. Alternatively, they must prove that they don't expect to be able to for at least another 12 months. Individuals must submit a request for benefits that will be evaluated by an examiner.

Work history important to SSD benefits application

People in West Virginia who are unable to work may seek to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. One of the most important parts of an application is a documented medical history that makes clear the physical or mental disabilities that prevent the claimant from working. Applicants can provide detailed information about their doctors and the treatment they have received as well as the expected prognosis. However, medical records are not the only thing needed to apply for disability benefits. Another key piece of an application is a record of the claimant's work history.

Getting disability with frozen shoulder

Many people living in West Virginia struggle with the pain caused by frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. While the condition can be treated and may go away after a few years, it may also recur. In addition, some individuals may find it difficult to continue work while experiencing a frozen shoulder.

Seeking disability for your depression symptoms

October is Depression Awareness Month, although if you suffer from depression, you are likely already painfully aware of how serious this condition can be. Depressive disorders can be overwhelming, complicated and difficult to explain to others. The symptoms of a depressive disorder may make it difficult if not impossible to maintain relationships, carry out daily tasks and sustain gainful employment.

Lawmakers back veterans exposed to burn pits

Many military veterans in West Virginia and around the country developed debilitating medical conditions after being exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The government initially denied that the toxic herbicide had made them sick, and their conditions were not classified as presumptive diseases until almost 20 years after they returned home. A bipartisan group of lawmakers say legislation is needed to prevent the same thing happening to veterans who were exposed to toxic fumes released from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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