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Same-Sex Widower from Philadelphia Finally Wins Claim for Social Security Benefits, as Well as an Award of Attorney’s Fees

By Needle Law Firm |

Each applicant who seeks Social Security benefits faces his or her own set of unique challenges. Those challenges can be especially substantial when the applicant is seeking survivor’s benefits and the applicant’s spouse was a person of the same sex as the applicant. Recent changes in caselaw have helped the cause of same-sex spouses… Read More »

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The Risks that Come From Pursuing Your Disability Case Without an Experienced Pennsylvania Attorney

By Needle Law Firm |

People may have various reasons for taking on the legal system without an attorney. Perhaps they think they can do as good a job as most lawyers. Perhaps they do not wish to divulge the details of their personal affairs with someone they don’t know. In a lot of situations, people decide they cannot… Read More »

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How Pennsylvania Residents Know if Their Condition is “Disabling Enough” for Social Security Purposes

By Needle Law Firm |

While receiving disability benefits can greatly improve the lives of Pennsylvania individuals who are unable to work, applying for these federal benefits can be a challenge.  Understanding the necessary documentation and requirements can help the process of securing benefits.  Pennsylvania Social Security Disability lawyers can provide guidance through the application steps and help individuals… Read More »

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How Pennsylvania Residents Can Receive Social Security Disability Benefits Without a Strong Work History

By Needle Law Firm |

In order to secure Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration requires that applicants show they are disabled, based on the Administration’s definition of “disability.” In earlier blog posts, we have written about the importance of meeting all of the criteria in order to successfully secure benefits.  The disability requirement essentially rests on… Read More »

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Establish Your Entitlement to Social Security Disability Benefits for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, and Crohn’s Disease

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When suffering from a medical condition that renders you disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits or monthly Supplemental Security Income benefits.  Individuals with the conditions of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colitis, and Crohn’s Disease may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.   Ensuring that a case for benefits… Read More »

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Evaluating Symptoms in Disability Claims for Individuals in Pennsylvania

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Receiving treatment for symptoms that have rendered you unable to work is critical to a successful Social Security claim. When evaluating a potential disability, the first step is to examine whether there is a medically determinable impairment that can be expected to cause the symptoms at issue. The Social Security Administration has set forth… Read More »

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Social Security Law and the Need for Pennsylvania Residents to Follow Prescribed Treatment

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Substance abuse can affect a claim for Social Security benefits, making it difficult for disabled individuals in Pennsylvania to secure the benefits to which they might be entitled by law.  In some circumstances, those suffering from a disability may be abusing prescription medications or alcohol.  Pennsylvania Social Security Disability attorneys can help strengthen claims… Read More »

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Social Security Must Consider Multiple Impairments When Determining Pennsylvania Residents’ Eligibility for Benefits

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Individuals suffering from medical conditions that prevent them from working are encouraged to apply for Social Security, since the law requires the Administration to consider the combined effects of these conditions when determining eligibility.  Federal law mandates that Social Security take into consideration the combined effects of impairments when they make a decision about whether… Read More »

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Can Pennsylvania Residents Suffering from Heart Conditions Secure Social Security Disability Benefits?

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Social Security Disability benefits exist for individuals with severe heart conditions that prevent them from working.  Congestive heart failure, recurrent arrhythmias, and coronary artery diseases are examples of some conditions that may qualify an individual for benefits, under the “Blue Book” Listings of Impairments.  The Blue Book is officially called “Disability Evaluation Under Social… Read More »

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Social Security Family Benefits Help Ease Financial Strain on Pennsylvania Disabled Workers

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Family members of a disabled worker who is eligible for Social Security disability benefits may themselves be eligible for family benefits. These benefits are paid to certain family members who demonstrate a financial dependence on a disabled worker.  Family benefits apply to disabled workers collecting Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) but not Supplemental Security Income… Read More »

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