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September 2012 Archives

Condo association denies service dog, suggests "cat companion"

A 55-year-old woman who was approved for Social Security disability benefits after she suffered a brain injury. Her psychologist and social worker agreed that she would benefit from having a trained companion dog as a service animal. However, the board in charge of her condominium association where she has been a long-term resident are questioning whether she is disabled and challenging her right to acquire a service dog.

Alzheimer's claims fast-tracked on compassionate allowances list

The Social Security Administration recognizes that there are some conditions so severe that applicants will qualify for benefits on a fast-track process. These conditions are listed under the "compassionate allowances" list, giving those with specified severe illness and disabilities the right to qualify for benefits without the same scrutiny. Now, patients in California and nationwide who are diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's may find it easier to qualify and collect Social Security disability.

Bank of America discriminated against loan applicants based on Social Security income

Individuals who suffer from mental or physical disabilities often suffer a number of challenges. In addition to health conditions, financial and personal issues can take their toll. Discrimination in the workforce or the housing market can also make life more difficult. A recent case demonstrates that those with disabilities continue to face systematic discrimination, even when protected by federal laws.

Your retirement benefits versus Social Security disability

If you become disabled and are unable to work, you will most likely qualify for Social Security disability. How does disability affect your retirement plans? Can a pension impact your rights to collect Social Security? It is important to have a clear understanding of your rights as well as to best plan to maximize your benefits.

Perceptions of disability shift after London Olympics

Millions have been inspired by the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and the success of household-name gold medalists is giving hope to those who afflicted by physical and mental disabilities worldwide. This year the Paralympics reported unprecedented crowds, attracting two-and-a-half million viewers and has been described as an event that shifted perceptions of disability. For those who suffer disabilities in California and nationwide, even daily tasks and chores can be a huge struggle. Many disabled persons need care or are unable to work. This year, the Paralympics has changed the way we view disability at home, at work and around the world. According to observers and advocates, the athletes were professional, elite and demonstrated a different kind of status for those with disabilities.

Depression patients find hope in new treatment

The treatment of depression often involves a "trial and error" combination of drugs and therapy. For many sufferers, there is no quick, sure, or easy cure. Finding the right treatment, including the correct dosage of medication and therapies can be complicated. For patients with severe symptoms, no treatment has been successful. In California and nationwide, experts and patients alike have found hope in groundbreaking depression treatment therapies.

Baby boomers vulnerable to Hepatitis C and disability

An estimated 2 million baby boomers in the United States are infected with hepatitis C according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Public health authorities are encouraging baby boomers to get tested for the disease which can result in serious health conditions and severe disability. The Social Security Administration has a medical listing for chronic liver conditions, including hepatitis C and a five-step evaluation process for determining eligibility for benefits.

Disability claims wait time grows for metro veterans

According to reports, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims from sparsely populated states in half the time it is taking for Northern California claimants. Veterans who suffer war-related disability claims may be in desperate need of financial assistance, but have been forced to wait up to a year or more for their claims to be processed. Many claimants seek disability compensation for combat injuries including head and back injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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