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Disabling Injuries & Conditions

DISABLING INJURIES and CONDITIONS

Making Your Disability Claim Count
Whatever type of disability you have and no matter how long you have been unable to work - it isn't what you know or what your friends and family know that counts. Only a very few of our clients have had sufficient knowledge of the Social Security and medical systems to handle even a part of their claim process. An old saying is "a fool has himself for an attorney." The same could be true for someone trying to fight the Government on his or her own.
What counts is that the Social Security Administration and its representatives are convinced that you are truly disabled and that your disability will prevent you from doing any work for at least one full year.
Milam Law helps families and individuals throughout California's Central Valleys obtain Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. In fact, this is the only work we do. For a free consultation with an experienced attorney - call us directly at 877-592-1475 (toll free) or contact us online.
Physical Injuries, Mental Impairments and Other Disabling Conditions
Decades of work involving SSD and SSI claims has allowed us to help people suffering from a broad spectrum of physical and mental impairments. Our experience includes:
  • Injuries, including amputations, fractures, and repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Orthopedic conditions to the spine and all joints, including degenerative disease, arthritis, herniation, osteoporosis, and stenosis
  • Mental and emotional illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, brain injuries, personality disorders, special learning problems, clinical depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders
  • Hard-to-document conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, auto-immune disorders, headaches, and complex regional pain syndrome
  • Cardiac problems, including congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease.
  • Neurological problems including seizures, strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, carotid artery disease, neuropathy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, torticollis, neurofibrosis, ataxia, aphasia, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, TMJ syndrome, post-polio syndrome, Asperger's syndrome, and restless leg syndrome
  • Dermatological conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema
  • Renal, GI and Urinary problems, including bladder or bowel frequency, hepatitis, liver disease, Crohn's disease, and colitis
  • Breathing conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, allergies, and sleep apnea
  • Pain, such as that requiring treatment with pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and gout
  • Oncological problems including cancer, and lymphoma
  • Hearing and related problems including hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness, and deafness
  • Vision problems including reduced vision near 20/200 bilaterally, loss of field vision, excessive eye tearing or dryness, tunnel vision, cataracts which cannot be cured with surgery, and double vision
  • Obesity and related problems
  • Diabetes, and resulting complications such as neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy
At Milam Law, we can refer you to websites and groups who may be able to provide you even more insight into your condition. Mr. Milam has spoken to many such groups over the years, at their invitation.

The first step you can take to help your own case is to let your doctors know about every symptom you've experienced and every way in which the injury or condition has affected you. Without that information - your doctor will probably not be able to give you a correct evaluation. You won't get the right treatment. You need to get the treatment for all your severe medical problems so we can get the kind of documentation needed to succeed with your claim. Keeping a journal can be very useful for this purpose and can help us to make your case; you should get a copy of this journal to your doctors and us.
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Our lawyers and staff are 100 percent committed to changing our clients' lives for the better. Let us start helping you today. To arrange for a free consultation - call our main offices in Fresno at 877-592-1475 (toll free) or, contact us by e-mail. Flexible appointment times are available.

DISABLING CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

Social Security Benefits Attorneys
Car accidents often happen in California, and many of these accidents result in serious injuries. In some cases, these injuries are serious enough that they prevent accident victims from returning to work. Severe fractures, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries may qualify a car accident victim for disability benefits, including those car accidents that happen during the scope of employment.
At Milam Law, in California's Central Valley, we understand all of the elements of car accident cases, and how injuries from these accidents can impact our clients and their disability benefits. Our firm only handles Social Security disability claims and our lawyers have handled these cases for decades. If you have questions, we invite you to talk with us following a car accident that has left you or a loved one injured, and we can refer you to someone we trust who can help evaluate your possible injury claim and represent you, if possible.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security disability claims and denials.
Disabling Car Accident Lawyers
Our firm handles only Social Security disability cases, but we know of attorneys to whom we can refer you who handle all types of vehicular accident cases that result in disabilities, including those involving:
DISABLING WORK INJURY LAWYER
  • Car accidents
  • 18-wheeler and commercial truck accidents
  • SUV and light truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Boating accidents
If you or a loved one has been disabled in a car wreck, truck accident or other type of vehicle accident, you need to talk with us, as soon as possible, to learn about your rights.
Take Control of Your Claim
Milam Law has offices across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto. For a free, initial consultation, contact us by e-mail or call us toll free at 877-592-1475.

DISABLING WORK INJURY LAWYER

SSD Benefits Lawyers
Accidents commonly happen in workplaces throughout Northern California, especially in those occupations where workers face dangerous conditions and hazards at their jobs. When these accidents result in injuries that prevent a person from returning to work, it may be possible to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB) benefits.
When workplace accidents occur that necessitate SSD benefits, individuals and their families need an experienced advocate to stand up for their rights. At Milam Law, in California's Central Valley, our lawyers work diligently to get our clients the benefits that they deserve when they are unable to return to work. We have decades of combined legal experience, and all we handle are SSD and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security disability claims and denials.
Disabling Work Injury Attorneys
Workplace accidents commonly happen in industrial environments involving welders, construction workers, forklift operators, machinery operators and others who work in dangerous conditions. Common workplace injuries occur because of:
  • Repetitive stress
  • Defective or dangerous ladders and scaffolding
  • Faulty machinery and other equipment
  • Explosions and fires
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Roof or ladder collapses
  • Structural accidents
  • Power tool accidents
  • Car accidents
It is important to speak with an attorney, as soon as possible, so that you can understand what your options are and what benefits you may be entitled to under the law.
Protect Your Rights by Contacting Our Firm
Milam Law has offices across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto. For a free, initial consultation, contact us by email or call us toll free at 877-592-1475. We can also refer you to attorneys who do workers' compensation law, if your accident also requires this type of claim, as well as your SSD claim.

DEPRESSION AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAWYER

Mental Illness and SSD Lawyers
If you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness, including a depressive disorder, you already know how tough life can be and how hard it is just to get through the day. You may not be able to do the work you used to do. Unfortunately, these disorders are not always easy to prove, and it is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side.
Since 1990, Milam Law has helped people who need to file Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims for mental illnesses, including major depressive disorders. As mental health becomes more accepted, it has become easier to file a successful SSD or SSI claim for a mental illness. We know and understand the claims process, including how to appeal denials.
In addition to thousands of clients served who have had a mental illness, Mr. Milam has had a history of dealing with almost an entire branch of his family, through marriage, having major, mental illnesses. As a result, he has dealt in the family with borderline personality disorder, major depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder and even schizophrenia. He has had discussions with judges who have family members with disabling mental illness. Mental disabilities cut through all people groups. He knows how devastating such conditions are for you and your family members. It can be the precipitator for all kinds of behavior, from divorce and estrangement to even criminal behavior. Some come out of youth issues, including molestation and violence — we see this over and over at Milam Law. Our associates have their own experiences in dealing with mental health issues, which have included educational studies done. Attorney Bosavanh has been on the Fresno County Mental Health Board for years. Mr. Milam has been a speaker and liaison for mental health services, on occasion, as well. This background has made us all more understanding and empathetic of what you go through when you have mental or emotional disabilities. Our staff knows how hard it is: They are in the trenches with you many times, during the good, bad and ugly. We ARE ready to help you.
From the outset, we give you instructions on how to get treatment for, and present, your mental disability. We also encourage you through the additionally fragile time you spend while awaiting SSA's decisions on your claim, and holding you up on our end, whenever they deny you. If SSA denies you, there is always hope, and you MUST make sure you get reinforcement if needed to get over the [extra] emotional hit by checking in with your doctor, a church leader, a friend or whoever can give you the extra touch of support needed.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security disability claims and denials.
Depression and Social Security Disability Attorneys
In order to prove that you are eligible for SSD benefits, you must show that you have a viable mental disorder. This not only includes major depressive disorders, but can also include disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder or anxiety disorders.
In any claim for mental illness, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will take into account day-to-day behavior, hygiene, functioning ability, social skills, ability to concentrate and other motor skills. Based on these factors, as well as proving you are unable to work, the SSA will make a determination on your claim. With an experienced attorney on your side, you can improve your chances of a successful claim.
At Milam Law, we help you to understand how mental illness and SSD laws relate. Then, we give you options to choose from to increase your chances to win.
A considerable issue with many mental health claims is drug or alcohol addiction (DAA). As a general rule, we believe that the SSA tries to find a way to deny anyone who uses either if there is mental health impairment. Therefore, it is extremely important to be very careful where DAA is an involved in a case, even if not "material" to the disability. At Milam Law, we hit this issue head on with clients and with SSA, and have a great deal of experience in doing so. We think that drug and alcohol addiction is one of the worst and most pervasive disabilities in America, but it is an albatross for an SSD case. We will try to establish, as part of your claim, any medical residual you now have from prior substance abuse, such as memory loss, but the bias against DAA is the worst we have experienced in 25 years.
Nonetheless, if your DAA is in remission, any medical problem which arose out of that addiction is a basis for winning your case. The key is staying clean and sober. Major congratulations if you have achieved a clean and sober status; we know how hard that is and you are to be commended. We hope that if we assist you with your disability, you will eventually be able to complete your recovery and reenter the work force. [A caveat: Even if you are addicted to something, if you have a physical disability, say, because of a back surgery, the DAA problem is not supposed to impact your ability to win.]
It is critical that you do not drink or use any non-prescribed drug if you are trying to get mental disability. At Milam Law, we feel we have a considerable understanding of how the DAA laws relate to mental illness. While we disagree with the government's laws on DAA, we must proceed to address those same laws, and help our clients understand and abide by those rules so they can win their cases.
Contact Our Firm and Schedule a Free Consultation
For more information regarding disability benefits for major depressive disorders contact us at Milam Law and schedule a free, initial consultation. Call one of our Central Valley offices, including Sacramento, to make an appointment.

CHRONIC FATIGUE AND SSD ATTORNEY

Chronic Pain and Social Security Attorneys
Some injuries are easy to see. Broken legs. Broken vertebrae. Torn rotator cuffs. Others are not easy to see at all. Chronic pain and fatigue are two of those injuries that significantly impact victims and limit the amount of physical activity that can be performed but are often overlooked. Since there is no known test that can measure the full impact of fatigue or pain, qualifying for disability benefits can be challenging.
At Milam Law, we have dealt with Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims since 1990, and our lawyers have decades of combined experienced. We are committed to helping clients suffering from chronic pain or fatigue obtain the benefits they are entitled to under the law. Pain and fatigue are real and can limit your physical activity, including your ability to work.
Mr. Milam has spoken to groups for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, post-polio, and other pain and fatigue conditions. Milam Law is able to deal with this type of claim general — and yours specifically.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security disability claims and denials.
Chronic Fatigue and SSD Lawyers
You need to retain an attorney, as soon as possible, if you believe you may have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or chronic pain syndrome. Symptoms of these syndromes may include:
  • Weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of focus
  • Fatigue
If you have these symptoms, and are unable to work and perform other activities, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.
At Milam Law, we have seen the evolution of these types of cases over the last 25-plus years. When Mr. Milam worked with the Social Security Administration (SSA) judges, CFS and fibromyalgia were rarely approved as valid diseases, even in the medical community. He has personally been touched by family, friends and his pastor being disabled due to these conditions. Milam Law helps you get the proper documentation, from the trigger point testing to treatment for fibro "fog" or depression, as the latter appears as a major problem in most of these cases.
Contact Us About Proving Pain and Fatigue in Disability Cases
Milam Law has offices across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto. For a free, initial consultation, contact us by e-mail or call us toll free at 877-592-1475.

JOINT PAIN AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ATTORNEY

Orthopedic Injury Attorneys
If you are experiencing severe joint pain that has been caused by an orthopedic injury, and that pain is preventing or limiting your ability to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. These benefits, provided by the government, can help to pay for medical bills and lost wages. There are many orthopedic injuries that can cause chronic pain and limit the ability to perform full-time employment.
At Milam Law, our experienced SSD and SSI attorneys provide representation for clients throughout Sacramento, Fresno, Modesto and Northern California. We handle everything for our clients, from the initial applications to disability appeals in federal court. We are committed to helping individuals throughout California's Central Valley obtain the disability benefits that they deserve. Our attorneys can answer your questions, and guide you through the process in a manner that is as efficient and effective as possible.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security disability claims and denials.
Joint Pain and Social Security Disability Lawyers
Among the most common orthopedic injuries and other medical conditions that can cause serious joint pain are:
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs.
  • Stenosis
  • Fractured/broken bones, especially tibia/fibula
  • Torn ligaments or injured tendons
  • Arthritis of any joint
  • Shoulder injuries
Orthopedic injuries and severe joint pain can happen in the knees, ankles, elbows, shoulders, hips, hands and other joints. This pain can limit your ability to bend, reach, walk, stand, sit and perform other common job duties.
Contact Our Firm and Get Support for Your Claim
If you have suffered an injury to your shoulder, knee or other joint, and the resulting pain is making you unable to work, contact us at Milam Law. Schedule a free, initial consultation at one of our California offices by calling us toll free at 877-592-1475.

HEART DISEASE & SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ATTORNEY

SSD Attorney and Heart Disease
Obtaining Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits for cardiovascular system disorders requires submission of medical reports that include physical exams, lab results, any prescribed treatment and response to treatment. You may also need to provide clinic records of at least three months of physician observations and treatment.
Cardiovascular diseases are usually diagnosed by blood tests, chest X-rays, electrocardiographs and electrocardiograms (ECG), exercise tolerance tests (ETT), exercise Doppler test reports and, in some cases, cardiac catheterization. Because heart disease may affect memory, you may also need neurological tests to document this issue. One of our experienced SSD lawyers can help you gather the necessary medical evidence to support your claim.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security Disability claims and denials.
Heart Disease and Social Security Disability
The following cardiovascular diseases are named in section 4.00 of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) impairment listing:
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Stroke
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Heart transplant
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (caused by obstruction, rupture or aneurysm of arteries or veins)
Our attorneys have the experience to help you interpret the SSA guidelines for these conditions. We understand the importance of submitting the medical evidence the SSA wants to see for each illness or injury. If you have not had the necessary medical tests or provided the right information, we can help you correct these errors in your claim.
In addition to proving that you have a medically determinable physical or medical condition, your claim must be able to demonstrate that your condition prevents you from working in a substantial gainful activity. Our firm has developed questionnaires for doctors to ensure they are providing clear information to the SSA. In some cases, we will consult with your doctor via phone as well.
Contact Us to Schedule a Free Consultation
Milam Law has offices across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto. For a free consultation, please contact us online or call us toll free at 877-592-1475.

NERVE DAMAGE AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CLAIM LAWYER

Stroke and Additional Neurological Disorders
A stroke (cerebral vascular accident) causes damage by stopping blood flow to the brain by a blockage in an artery, an aneurysm or other type of brain bleed. When not fatal, a stroke can result in symptoms such as pain, seizures, paralysis, loss of motor function, memory loss and difficulty speaking.
Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) claims for stroke victims must demonstrate that at least three months after the stroke the person is experiencing either difficulty communicating or significant, persistent motor function loss in two extremities. The medical evidence you provide to the SSA must prove that you have suffered a stroke and that your condition prevents you from working in a substantial gainful activity. Keeping a diary or calendar of your symptoms can be helpful for your doctor and for your SSD/SSI claim.
Many applicants have trouble gathering the type of information that demonstrates their inability to work because of their illness or injury. As an experienced SSD law firm, Milam Law's attorneys understand the SSA's requirements and can help you get the necessary medical tests and documents you need.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security Disability claims and denials.
Nerve Damage and Social Security Disability
Neurological disorders can be congenital or caused by another illness or an injury affecting the brain or spinal cord. In addition to strokes, some of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) listed neurological impairments include:
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Benign brain tumors
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Anterior poliomyelitis
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Huntington's chorea
  • Sub-acute combined cord degeneration
Depending on the disorder, you will need to provide medical evidence through lab tests, exams or physician observations of the effects on your ability to work. Our lawyers can help you understand the SSA disability evaluation guidelines and ensure you get the required medical tests and exams.
Contact Us to Schedule a Free Consultation
Milam Law has offices across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto. For a free consultation, please contact us online or call us toll free at 877-592-1475.

PTSD AND SSD ATTORNEY

Living With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the affective disorders named in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) impairment listing for mental disorders. It is caused by a severely traumatizing event, such as the death of a loved one, a serious accident or natural disaster, or suffering sexual or physical abuse. It is also a very common disorder among soldiers and other people who have been exposed to war. Approximately three out of 10 combat veterans experience PTSD, while an additional two or three will suffer from partial PTSD at some point in their lives.
For more than 20 years, Milam Law has represented people applying for Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits. Our experienced lawyers provide compassionate representation as we work to obtain the benefits you need.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security Disability claims and denials.
PTSD and Social Security Disability
PTSD medical records should describe a doctor's observation of the applicant's anxiety reaction, which may include some of the symptoms listed below. You must also provide evidence of difficulties with concentration, periods of decompensation or restriction of daily activities. Evidence demonstrating total inability to function outside of the person's home may also qualify a person for SSD benefits.
PTSD causes symptoms which may include:
  • Panic attacks
  • Flashbacks to the traumatizing event
  • Extreme fear of event recurrence
  • Avoidant behavior
  • Compulsive or obsessive behavior
  • Muscular tension
  • Increased heart and breathing rate
  • Restlessness
These symptoms can result in unpredictable behavior, social isolation, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, eating disorders, heart disease and chronic pain. People with PTSD may have difficulty interacting socially, especially when under stress. This may render them unable to work or complete daily tasks such as running errands.
Individuals who suffer from a mental disorder often suffer from an additional mood or affective disorder, such as clinical depression or anxiety disorder. Clinical depression includes major depression (episodic) and dysthymia (chronic depression). Anxiety disorder has many of the same symptoms as PTSD. The compound effects of multiple disorders can be very dangerous and cause additional difficulty maintaining a job.
While it is not uncommon for people with PTSD to drink heavily, use illegal drugs or overmedicate, this typically makes it more difficult to obtain SSD or SSI benefits.
Contact Us to Schedule a Free Consultation
Milam Law has offices across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto. For a free consultation with an attorney, please contact us online or call us toll free at 877-592-1475.

BIPOLAR & SSD LAWYER

Bipolar Disorder and Social Security Disability
Bipolar disorder is one of the affective disorders named in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) impairment listing for mental disorders. As a listed impairment, obtaining SSD or SSI benefits is typically a matter of providing the appropriate medical evidence to demonstrate a person's inability to work.
As you may know, providing the right medical evidence can be challenging. An experienced SSD attorney can be an invaluable asset during the application or reconsideration processes. We can also represent you at a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Our lawyers know how to gather evidence to show that a person's residual functional capacity is insufficient to perform a substantial gainful activity.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security Disability claims and denials.
Symptoms and Effects of Bipolar Disorder
Individuals who have bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) cycle between high states (mania) and depressive states. Mania can range from feelings of euphoria and anger to delusions. Impaired judgment can lead to hypersexual episodes, spending sprees and spontaneous behavior. The depressive state can cause feelings of sadness, hopelessness and worthlessness, as well as suicidal thoughts. People may also experience issues such as exhaustion, weight changes, loss of interest in activities, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, insomnia and sleeping too much.
Some individuals with bipolar disorder also experience mixed mood episodes of mania and depression. This is an extremely dangerous mental state that can lead to suicide attempts.
Demonstrating the Need for Benefits
The SSA looks for evidence of the disorder's effect on the applicant's ability to work. The applicant must have a documented history of a minimum of two years of bipolar disorder with symptoms treated by medications or psychotherapy. The individual must also provide evidence of repeated episodes of worsening decompensation or inability to function with increased mental demands or a current history of one or more years of inability to function outside a highly supportive living arrangement.
Contact Us to Schedule a Free Consultation
Milam Law has offices across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto. For a free consultation, please contact us online or call us toll free at 877-592-1475.

SCHIZOPHRENIA & SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ATTORNEY

Experienced Representation for a Difficult Disorder
Schizophrenia is named in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) listing of impairments under mental disorders. Obtaining Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits can still be difficult, however. Like many mental disorders, the diagnosis of schizophrenia is based largely on observations, so physician subjectivity can be an issue. The SSA staff who reviews the medical evidence may also have very different opinions about whether the evidence meets the criteria for benefits.
The complex nature of the disorder and the requirements for proving its debilitating effects on an individual's ability to work require assistance from an experienced lawyer. At Milam Law, we have been representing people with SSD and SSI claims for more than 20 years. Our attorneys offer caring support and wise counsel during all stages of your claim.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security Disability claims and denials.
The Symptoms Are Debilitating
Even relatively mild cases of schizophrenia can cause an inability to interact socially, to concentrate for any length of time and to think coherently. Individuals with schizophrenia may also display unpredictable behavior. Severe cases include symptoms such as paranoia, catatonia, delusions and hallucinations.
Schizophrenia can cause people to have trouble paying attention, remembering information and making sense of information. Patients may also experience a loss of motivation, loss of interest in activities, withdrawal from others and trouble caring for themselves.
When applying for benefits based on schizophrenia, you must present a documented history of a minimum of two years of schizophrenia with symptoms lessened by medications or psychotherapy. The individual must also provide evidence of repeated episodes of worsening decompensation or inability to function with increased mental demands or a current history of one or more years of inability to function outside a highly supportive living arrangement.
Schizophrenia and Social Security Disability Attorney
Milam Law has offices across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto. For a free consultation, please contact us online or call us toll free at 877-592-1475.

MENTAL DISORDERS & SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAWYER

Social Security Disability Benefits for Memory and Learning Problems
It is possible to obtain Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits for autism, mental retardation and organic injuries to brain. You must provide the correct medical evidence with your application, however. In addition, you must prove that the condition prevents the applicant from working in any substantial gainful activity.
At Milam Law, our experienced lawyers understand the detailed requirements of demonstrating a mental disorder's effect on a person's life. We can assist you with all stages of the SSD/SSI claims process.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security Disability claims and denials.
Mental Retardation and Autism
Mental retardation as defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) is significantly sub-average general intellectual functioning. To be eligible for SSD/SSI benefits, an individual must meet one of the following criteria:
  • A valid verbal performance, or IQ of 59 or less
  • A valid verbal performance, or IQ of 60 to 70, and a physical or other mental impairment resulting in at least two of the following: a restriction of daily activities; difficulty maintaining social functions; trouble maintaining concentration, persistence or pace; or extended periods of decompensation
  • Autistic disorder qualifies for SSD or SSI benefits if it causes markedly restricted social functioning, difficulty communicating, repetitive behaviors, and repeated, extended periods of decompensation. You must provide medical documentation of these symptoms and their severity.
Organic Brain Injuries
Organic brain injuries result in psychological or behavioral abnormalities caused by brain dysfunction. Medical evidence must show a patient history and physical exam or lab tests that determine the organic factor associated with these abnormalities and the loss of the patient's functional skills. The SSA has specific levels of severity required for cognitive and emotional changes, including:
  • Short-term, intermediate and long-term memory impairment
  • Hallucinations or delusions
  • Personality changes and mood disturbances
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Loss of at least 15 IQ points
These symptoms must cause significant restriction in daily activities, social functioning and concentration.
Our Attorneys Can Help You Through the Claims Process
Milam Law has offices across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto. For a free consultation, please contact us online or call us toll free at 877-592-1475.

IMMUNE SYSTEM DISORDERS and SSD ATTORNEY

Immune System Disorders and Social Security Disability Lawyer
To obtain Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits for an immune system disorder, you must provide medical proof that your condition impairs your ability to perform work and daily tasks. For immune system disorders, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to see medical evidence including blood tests, imaging tests, lab tests, and physical exams and observations. If you have an inflammatory disease, it is best to go to the doctor during a flare-up so your worst symptoms are documented.
Immune system disorders include autoimmune diseases, immune deficiency disorders and HIV infection. In general, these conditions can cause inflammatory disorders, chronic infections, impaired antibody production and dysfunction of the body's tissues. The SSA evaluates immune system disorders that affect one or more components of the immune system.
Information on this website is provided as a service of Milam Law. Contact us regarding Social Security Disability claims and denials.
Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune disorders cause the body's immune system to attack the tissues in the body. Disorders that are usually eligible for benefits include lupus, inflammatory arthritis, systemic vasculitis, scleroderma, polymyositis and dermatomyositis, and connective tissue disorders.
Additional listed autoimmune disorders include:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Gout and pseudogout
  • Lyme disease
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Reiter's syndrome
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Whipple's disease
  • Behçet's disease
Symptoms of autoimmune disorders vary by condition; however, most people experience fatigue, pain, dizziness and a low-grade fever. Individuals who have chronic disorders such as these may also suffer from depression, anxiety or other mood and affective disorders. Providing medical evidence of any mood disorder is an important part of your SSD/SSI claim.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia are disorders that may be linked to the immune system. Their symptoms include chronic pain, fatigue and exhaustion, sore muscles and joints, abdominal pain, headaches, depression, anxiety, insomnia, difficulty concentrating and memory problems. There are many additional symptoms and complications caused by CFS and fibromyalgia. The compound effects of these debilitating symptoms often make living with the diseases difficult. Many people are unable to work, care for their families and participate in daily activities.
Contact Us to Schedule a Free Consultation
Please speak with one of our attorneys if you have an immune deficiency disorder or HIV infection. These diseases are also listed in the immune system disorders section of the impairment listing.
Milam Law has offices across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto. For a free consultation, please contact us online or call us toll free at 877-592-1475.

BACK PAIN AND SSD ATTORNEY

Applying for Benefits for Back and Spinal Disorders
Back pain is discussed in section 1.04, disorders of the spine, in the musculoskeletal disorders section of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) listing of impairments. As listed impairments, back and spinal disorders are eligible for Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits. It is not sufficient to simply claim that you have a back or spinal problem, however.
To be granted SSD or SSI benefits, your application must demonstrate that your condition prevents you from working in a substantial gainful activity. Most people who apply for SSD/SSI benefits need the assistance of an attorney to obtain benefits. The attorneys at Milam Law understand the impairment listing and how to gather the appropriate medical information to submit to the SSA.
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Back Pain and Social Security Disability Lawyers
Back pain can be the result of an injury from a car accident, a slip-and-fall accident or failed back surgery. It can also be caused by aging, arthritis, and wear and tear on the spinal discs. Common disc injuries and conditions include degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, ruptured discs, fractured discs and compressed discs.
People with back injuries may experience symptoms that include:
  • Severe pain in the back, lower back and neck
  • Pain in the arms and legs
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Muscle spasms
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Decreased range of motion
Any of these symptoms may prevent you from doing your former job or another job. You may also experience debilitating side effects from pain medication. To get SSD/SSI benefits, you must prove with medical evidence that your residual functional capacity does not allow you to work.
In addition to a report from your doctor explaining your condition and limitations, you need imaging results from X-rays, CAT scans or MRIs. Depending on your condition, motor function tests may also be necessary. It is important to see your doctor when you are experiencing bad pain and other severe symptoms so they are appropriately documented.
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NECK PAIN AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

Our Experienced Attorneys Can Help You With Neck Injury Claims
Neck injuries have many similarities to back injuries because they typically involve trauma to the spinal cord and discs. Severe neck injuries can cause more devastating types of disability than back injuries, however. The higher on the spine an injury occurs, the more spinal nerves and body systems may be affected. Quadriplegia, for example, is caused by an injury to the cervical (upper) region of the spine.
Less severe injuries may also be eligible for Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits as well. Neck pain is discussed in section 1.04, disorders of the spine, in the musculoskeletal disorders section of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) listing of impairments. Musculoskeletal disorders such as neck and spinal injuries may result in one or more of the following impairments:
  • Inability to walk
  • Impaired motor functions such as grasping, pulling or pushing
  • Severe pain
By working with an experienced SSD/SSI lawyer, you will likely increase your chances of receiving benefits for your neck injury. At Milam Law, we have more than 20 years of experience with SSD and SSI claims. We provide compassionate service and knowledgeable guidance throughout the duration of your claim.
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Neck Pain and Social Security Disability
Injuries to the neck, spinal cord or discs can include herniated discs, ruptured discs, fractured discs, compressed discs and tears to the spinal cord. In addition, many people suffer from degenerative disc disease, which is caused by aging and wear and tear. People with these conditions may require long-term pain management, which may alleviate the pain but render them unable to work.
Pain, numbness, tingling and loss of motion often spread from the neck to other parts of the body, including the back and the extremities. A loss of dexterity in the hands and fingers may prevent you from doing many types of work. Physical exams, X-rays, CAT scans or MRIs, as well as physician observation of symptoms, are necessary to receive SSD/SSI benefits. See your doctor when you are experiencing bad pain and other severe symptoms, so they are appropriately documented.
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ARTHRITIS AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ATTORNEY

When Joint Pain and Stiffness Keep You From Working
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S. To get Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits for inflammatory arthritis, however, you must provide the appropriate medical evidence to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
When you apply for benefits, you need to submit a medical history, physical exam results, blood test findings and X-rays. Additionally, your physician must document the severity of your disease — moderate, marked or extreme — and the effect it has on your ability to work and perform daily activities.
Our experienced attorneys understand the pain and discomfort that arthritis causes. We work diligently with clients to move their claims effectively through the SSA.
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Symptoms and Related Conditions
People with this arthritis experience inflammation of one or more joints, usually accompanied by joint pain (arthralgia). There can be additional complications depending on the type of arthritis. For example, inflammatory arthritis that involves the peripheral joints may cause adults to suffer from related disorders such as:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Lyme disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Gout and pseudogout
Inflammatory arthritis involving the axial spine is sometimes associated with the following disorders:
  • Reiter's syndrome
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Behçet's disease
  • Whipple's disease
Arthritis can be debilitating because some people experience chronic, worsening joint pain, tenderness and stiffness. Bone spurs can develop around the affected joints. Additionally, weakness in the muscles and ligaments surrounding the affected joints may occur. These symptoms can result in limited movement and decreased range of motion, as well as an inability to sit or stand for more than a few minutes. Depending on the type and severity of the condition, patients may also suffer from fatigue, fever, malaise or involuntary weight loss.
Arthritis and Social Security Disability Lawyer
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CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAWYER

Repetitive Stress Injuries of the Upper Extremities
Getting Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits for repetitive stress injuries can be challenging. As musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive stress injuries may cause severe pain and impaired motor functions such as grasping, pulling or pushing. If any of these impairments render you unable to work in a substantial gainful activity, you may be granted benefits.
Determining the exact date of onset and/or disability for repetitive stress injuries is typically a complex, subjective process. Our lawyers understand this issue and how to gather the medical evidence necessary to support your claim for benefits.
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The Effect on Your Job
Repetitive stress injuries affecting the upper extremities include:
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • Tendinitis in the elbow
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
Repetitive stress injuries are extremely common. From people who work at computers to assembly line workers and dental hygienists, these injuries affect people in a broad range of occupations. Exercise and playing sports can also cause muscle strain and overuse resulting in injury to the muscles, ligaments, tendons and surrounding nerves.
The effects of carpal tunnel syndrome can be debilitating and include pain, numbness, tingling, and a cold sensation or swelling in the fingers, wrist and forearm. CTS can cause temporary or permanent disability by reducing range of motion and impairing motor skills. If these symptoms affect your ability to perform your job, you may be eligible for SSD/SSI benefits.
You will need a medical report from your doctor describing your condition, limitations and residual functional capacity. Specific treatment plans, medical tests, lab tests and imaging results should be part of your medical evidence. You may also need motor function tests to determine the limitations of your abilities.
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HEPATITIS AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ATTORNEY

Liver Disease and Hepatitis May Keep You From Working
If the symptoms and side effects of hepatitis or liver disease prevent you from working in a substantial gainful activity, you may be granted Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits. To prove your condition, you will need medical test results from blood work or a liver biopsy. You will also need to provide detailed medical reports of your symptoms and the side effects you experience from treatment as they relate to your ability to work.
It is best to work with experienced SSD/SSI lawyers to ensure you submit the appropriate medical evidence to the Social Security Administration (SSA). At Milam Law, we have been helping people with all stages of the SSD/SSI claims process for more than 20 years.
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Disabling Symptoms and Side Effects
Hepatitis C is a viral disease that can be passed person to person through the blood. Individuals at risk for contracting the virus include people who received blood products for hemophilia before 1987, those who received an organ transplant or blood transfusion prior to July 1992, and babies born to mothers with hepatitis C. Unprotected sexual activity and needle sharing also increases the risk for contracting the disease.
Symptoms common to hepatitis C, hepatitis B and related liver diseases may include:
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
These symptoms may limit a person's ability to do daily activities and work. People do not always experience serious symptoms of hepatitis C in the beginning, however. If the disease is undetected and untreated, it can become chronic and cause cirrhosis of the liver, liver disease or liver cancer. In very serious cases, people with certain types of liver disease need liver transplants. Liver transplant patients are automatically allowed 12 months of disability benefits. Their claims will be evaluated after the first 12 months.
In addition, the drugs used to treat liver diseases can cause serious side effects such as depression, headaches, fatigue and pain. These side effects may also qualify a person for SSD or SSI benefits if the person is no longer able to work.
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DIABETES AND SSD ATTORNEY

Diabetes and Social Security Disability Lawyer
The Social Security Administration's (SSA) listing of impairments includes diabetes under the endocrine disorder section. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes may qualify for benefits. Diabetes often causes symptoms that are devastating to many parts of the body. As with other conditions, however, it is not enough to just claim that you have diabetes. You must submit medical evidence demonstrating the debilitating effects it has on your ability to work in substantial gainful activity.
The attorneys at Milam Law are dedicated to helping people with Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) claims. We have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the entire process, from application to reconsideration and appeals.
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How Has Diabetes Affected Your Life?
Severe complications from diabetes may affect a broad range of bodily systems and cause problems such as:
Ketoacidosis (high blood sugar)
Symptoms include weakness, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, confusion and shortness of breath. Ketoacidosis can be fatal if it is not treated.
Neuropathy (nerve damage)
Nerve damage to the arms, hands, legs and feet is common. The effects may include pain, tingling, numbness and poor circulation. In severe cases, amputation of the affected body part may be necessary.
Retinopathy (eye damage)
Diabetes may cause eye damage such as cataracts, glaucoma, impaired vision and blindness.
Your medical reports must provide evidence that diabetes complications have rendered you unable to perform your old job or another job that would allow you to support yourself or your family. Keeping a diary or calendar of your symptoms can be helpful for your doctor and for demonstrating the effect of the disease on your life.
The medical tests used to diagnose diabetes include plasma glucose tests. In addition to these test results, your SSD/SSI application should provide physical exam results, physician observations and tests that diagnose and determine the extent of ketoacidosis, neuropathy and retinopathy. Additional blood tests, neurological tests and vision tests will likely be part of the medical evidence required.
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KIDNEY DISEASE AND SSD ATTORNEY

Experienced Representation Throughout the Claims Process
Chronic kidney disease can cause serious complications with debilitating side effects. Depending on the nature of your condition, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits if the disease prevents you from working.
Qualifying impairments from kidney disease include the need for chronic dialysis, a kidney transplant or continually high serum creatinine. Individuals with kidney disease may also have bath rooming issues such as a frequent need to urinate. It is important to document any bath rooming problems you may have.
The attorneys at Milam Law understand the Social Security Administration's (SSA) guidelines for kidney disease. We can help you gather the necessary medical evidence to submit with your benefits claim.
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Kidney Disease and Social Security Disability
People with kidney disease can experience many serious complications, including:
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Anemia
  • Nerve damage
  • Fluid overload syndrome
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Seizures
  • Weakened bones
  • Weakened immune system
If your kidney condition requires chronic renal dialysis, you will qualify for SSD/SSI benefits. Kidney transplant patients are automatically allowed 12 months of disability benefits. Their claims will be evaluated after the first 12 months.
To receive benefits, you must provide appropriate medical evidence of your kidney disease. The most common diagnostic tests for kidney disease are blood pressure readings, urine tests and blood tests. You may also include your medical history with documentation of any hospital stays, and lab results showing declining kidney function and evidence of your kidney function before dialysis.
You must also prove that kidney disease is preventing you from working. Our lawyers will help you with this critical step of the claims process.
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BREATHING AND RESPIRATORY DISORDERS SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAWYER

SSD and SSI Benefits Attorneys
Chronic respiratory system and breathing disorders can cause an irreversible loss of pulmonary function. People with these disorders often experience coughing, wheezing, dyspnea on exertion, sputum production, hemoptysis and chest pain. Because numerous other diseases share these symptoms, Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) applicants must prove that they have a serious respiratory disorder to obtain benefits.
You should go to the emergency room when your respiratory disorder is at its worst, both to get medical treatment and to provide documentation for your claim. Our lawyers will work closely with you to ensure your application contains all necessary medical information about your breathing disorder and its effect on your ability to work.
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Breathing and Respiratory Disorders Social Security Disability Claims
Whether caused by heredity, a chronic condition, surgery, infection, lung cancer, toxic mold exposure or chemical exposure, respiratory disorders can seriously impair your ability to perform any function. Respiratory disorders that may qualify for SSD/SSI benefits include:
  • Asthma
  • Chronic pulmonary insufficiency, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Chronic persistent lung infections
  • Sleep-related breathing disorders
  • Cystic fibrosis
Respiratory disorder diagnoses and prognoses may include physical exam results, a complete medical history, arterial blood gas tests, spirometry tests, exercise tests and chest X-ray or other appropriate imaging results. Most patients need subsequent pulmonary function testing to determine the severity of their disorders. Your physician must also document the disease's effect on your ability to work in a substantial gainful activity.
Patients who have lung transplants are automatically allowed 12 months of disability benefits. Their claims will be evaluated after the first 12 months.
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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ATTORNEY FOR LUPUS AND INFLAMMATORY DISORDERS

A Lawyer's Help May Be Necessary to Get SSD Benefits for Lupus
Lupus is classified as an autoimmune disorder by the Social Security Administration (SSA); however, its description is not very specific. This can result in inconsistency by the SSA when determining whether lupus symptoms qualify for Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits.
Medical reports for lupus patients should document the symptoms and effects on their ability to perform substantial gainful activity. Evaluation by a rheumatologist is usually necessary to review symptoms and any tests done by other physicians and specialists. Blood tests and serologic tests are typically used in the diagnosis. Our attorneys will review the SSA guidelines with you and make certain that you receive the medical tests you need.
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SSD/SSI Claims for Lupus and Inflammatory Disorders
People who suffer from lupus usually have chronic pain and severe fatigue. They may also suffer from depression, joint pain, chest pain, shortness of breath and memory loss. These symptoms alone may be disabling. Lupus can also damage body systems such as the lungs, kidneys, skin, central nervous system, blood vessels, heart and bones. Lupus patients may be at increased risk for infection and cancer.
Additional inflammatory disorders named in the SSA's impairment listing include:
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reiter's syndrome
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Sjögren's syndrome
Symptoms common to many inflammatory disorders include fatigue, pain, dizziness and a low-grade fever, although each disorder has its own symptoms as well. Individuals who have chronic disorders such as these may also suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mood and affective disorders. You may include mood or affective disorders in your application for benefits for lupus and other inflammatory disorders.
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CANCER AND SSD BENEFITS LAWYER

Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) for Cancer
The malignant neoplastic diseases section of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) impairment listing includes most types of cancer, with the exception of cancer associated with HIV infection. The SSA considers many factors when reviewing cancer claims, but the primary criteria are still whether the individual can work in a substantial gainful activity despite his or her disease.
The SSA makes exceptions for certain types of cancer such as inflammatory breast cancer, metastatic brain carcinoma, small cell lung cancer, and cancer of the pancreas, gall bladder, bile ducts or liver. These claims are often expedited, especially if the person's condition is very serious or terminal. Cancers not included in these exceptions may be eligible for benefits; however, you must provide considerable medical evidence to demonstrate your need.
In these cases, your application will likely be strengthened by the inclusion of related conditions and side effects of your cancer and treatment. Working with an experienced SSD/SSI lawyer may be beneficial. We provide experienced counsel and advocacy while you are dealing with your illness.
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Cancer and Social Security Disability Attorney Representation
Cancer claims must show the origin of the malignancy, extent of the involvement and the type of and response to treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, hormones, immunotherapy and bone marrow or stem cell transplants. Our attorneys will gather the necessary medical, operative and treatment reports you must provide.
We can assist you with SSD/SSI claims for the following malignancies:
  • Bone sarcoma
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophagus or stomach cancer
  • Gallbladder or liver cancer
  • Kidney, adrenal gland or ureter cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Malignant neoplastic diseases treated by bone marrow or stem cell transplant
  • Maxilla, orbit or temporal fossa
  • Metastatic carcinoma or sarcoma of unknown primary site
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Peritoneal, omental or bowel surface cancer (rectal cancer)
  • Pleura or mediastinum
  • Prostate gland carcinoma
  • Salivary gland carcinoma or sarcoma (oral cancer)
  • Skin cancer (melanoma)
  • Small or large intestine cancer
  • Soft tissue tumors of the head and neck
  • Spinal tumors
  • Testicular cancer or penis cancer
  • Thyroid gland carcinoma
  • Urinary carcinoma
If you do not see your cancer listed here, you may still be able to obtain SSD or SSI benefits. Please speak with one of our lawyers to learn more.
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SKIN DISEASES AND SSD CLAIMS LAWYER

Disorders of the Skin
Psoriasis and eczema (atopic dermatitis) are listed in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) impairment listing for skin disorders as types of dermatitis. To be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB) benefits, your medical reports must show extensive skin lesions persisting for at least three months despite treatment.
Skin diseases are primarily diagnosed by a physical examination of the skin. A biopsy may be necessary where the changes in the skin are not typical or characteristic. Blood tests may be used to diagnose some of the symptoms or complications of certain skin disorders. Our lawyers will make sure your application includes the appropriate medical testing results.
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Psoriasis, Eczema and Social Security Disability
Your medical reports must include specific details about how your symptoms impair your ability to work in a substantial gainful activity. Symptoms that may prevent people from working include severe itching and skin infections, pustules, muscle aches and fever. Some patients also suffer depression or other mood disorders because of the difficulty of living with a painful chronic illness.
Additional complications of psoriasis may include compromised heart and kidneys, nail deformity and bone damage. Psoriatic arthritis can cause severe joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Patients may also experience side effects from psoriasis medicine and treatments. Light therapy treatments, for example, have caused skin cancer in some patients.
SSD/SSI Claims for Burn Injuries
The SSA evaluates electrical, chemical and thermal burns by looking at damage to the skin as well as other affected body parts. This may include the nerves, musculoskeletal system, eyes, lungs, heart and kidneys. Skin lesions must have lasted or be expected to last continuously for at least 21 months.
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