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Our clients will often ask which of their illnesses/problems/impairments should they list for Social Security or SSI? The answer? All of them!

Social Security looks at both mental limitations and physical limitations. We need to know whether a client can perform skilled work, semiskilled work, or unskilled work. We need to know whether they are able to walk a great deal during the day, or only a little bit. We need to know whether they can use their hands and how much they can use their hands. We combine all of these limitations together to help determine whether there is work in the national economy which they can do.


Tragically, the Social Security adjudication system is so disorganized and slow that our clients may die before a claim is made on their case. In cases of Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability, surviving family members may be able to receive back benefits. This may be surviving children, spouse, or parents.

To do so, they must file as a substitute party. See An experienced Social Security Attorney can help with this process.

Small Fiber Neuropathy and Fibromyalgia

Small fiber neuropathy can affect multiple body systems and cause wide spread body pain. Sound familiar?

A significant number of patients who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia are found to have small fiber neuropathy—over 40% in one study.

The good news? Small fiber neuropathy may have treatment options!

What is an Administrative Law Judge?

Most people are denied two times when they apply for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  They can then appeal, and request a hearing before an administrative law judge, or ALJ.

These are employees of the Social Security Administration.  They are attorneys.  They have productions requirements for the decisions they must turn out.  They often make mistakes, and sometimes even mischaracterize the evidence before them.  Luckily, their decisions can be appealed. 

It is important to have an attorney who understands Social Security law to represent you at a hearing before a Social Security ALJ.  If you have a hearing on your Social Security or SSI case, contact Glen Cook at 801-261-0674 for a free case evaluation.  We do not charge you a fee unless you receive benefits.

Four Rules to Know About Marital Status and Disability Benefits

Your marital status can affect your disability benefits and any disability benefits that your children receive from the federal government. Here are four rules each Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicant should know about the ways that marriage, divorce, and non-marital partnership can impact their potential benefits.

  1. Common Law Marriages Count for SSI

When you apply for SSI benefits for yourself or your child, you must disclose your marital status on the date you file your claim. In some cases, you’re considered to be married according to the Social Security Administration (SSA) when you have a non-marital relationship including a domestic partnership or a civil union.


Qualifying for Disability Benefits With a Congenital Heart Defect

Each year, approximately 1 in 100 babies are born with a defective heart, making this the most common type of birth defect. Thanks to advances in pediatric cardiology, more of these babies than ever are surviving to adulthood. According to the most recent statistics, over one million adults currently living have a congenital heart defect.

Congenital Heart Defects

The overall health and wellbeing of these adults largely depends upon the type of defect with which they were born. Cardiologists have identified at least 18 different types of heart defects.


Children With Disabilities: Do You Qualify for Social Security Benefits?

If you have a child who is diagnosed with a long-term illness or disability, you might feel overwhelmed with the changes you will face. Not only do many children need special care that some parents might not be able to fully provide, but they also often require costly medication, surgeries, or equipment to help adapt to everyday life. 

Two types of assistance are available to people and families of individuals who have disabilities or chronic illness. Social Security Disability Insurance is usually not available for disabled children. Instead, you can use a separate program called Supplemental Security Insurance to get financial assistance for your child. 


3 Tips to Source Birth Certificates and Other Eligibility Proofs

Your citizenship status is key to meeting your eligibility requirements to receive Social Security Disability benefits. You can speed your disability case along by gathering having your citizenship documentation available. If you live in Utah, Colorado, or Wyoming, here are three tips to help you organize your citizenship status paperwork.

  1. Start With Your State or Territory

Your birth certificate establishes your place of birth and your U.S. citizenship. You need an official stamped certificate from the vital records department of the state or territory in which you were born.

Be Smart About Social Media and the SSD Process

Social media is a big part of many people’s lives in modern society. It allows people to connect with close friends, family members, and strangers with shared interests. It’s a tool that empowers you to immediately share personal photos and stories as they’re happening. However, sometimes things can be easily misunderstood on social media, and that can be harmful.

If you have a Social Security disability case, be especially careful about what you post on social media. To receive the Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits you seek, you need to be seen as trustworthy and credible. Consider why it’s important to be careful on social media while you’re applying for disability benefits.


An Applicant’s Guide to SSI and SSDI Eligibility

The Social Security Administration, or SSA, oversees governmental programs designed to assist individuals living with long-term and permanent disabilities that affect their ability to provide for themselves. The SSA grants this assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Because these two programs have similar abbreviations and purposes it leads many individuals to use the terms interchangeably. However, the two programs provide different benefits and often serve different demographics.