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February 2014 Archives

Major SSDI fraud probe nets 32 more suspects

Last month we posted about a case prosecutors out East are developing against a large group suspected of trying to defraud the Social Security disability insurance system. At that time, just over 100 people had been named in indictments. This week, prosecutors announced that another 32 people are facing charges.

Battles not over for disabled baseball fan Bryan Stow

Baseball fans across California and even some who may have little interest in the sport, likely know about the developments this week in the case of Bryan Stow. He's the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten to a pulp after a game at Dodger stadium in 2011 and is now permanently disabled and disfigured.

Wheelchair with 'smartphone' guts offers disabled gift of dance

People who don't suffer from disability tend to take a lot of things for granted. Most have no reason to give a thought to the challenges that everyday activities may present to someone in California who has limited or no control of their limbs because they were disabled at birth or who became permanently disabled because of an accident.

SSA compassionate allowance list expanded by 25 conditions

There are so many things that can result in a person becoming disabled and in need of long-term support. Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income program are two of the initiatives that exist to provide help. But as we've noted often, the process for obtaining benefits is complicated, which is why it's considered wise to work with an experienced attorney.

Psych group updates guidance on treating autistic children

Psychiatric professionals who diagnose and treat children with autism have a new roadmap to follow regarding delivery of care. It's the first time the guidelines from the American Academy and Adolescent Psychiatry have been updated in 15 years.

Veterans battle government for disability, health care

Theresa Clark is dying. The 54-year-old Marine Corps veteran is sure that the Stage 4 breast cancer that is killing her, and now has her seeking Social Security disability benefits, is the result of toxins she was exposed to while serving in the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune. She is likely not alone.

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