gavel5 Tips to Help Your Lawyer Win Your Disability Appeal

Appealing a Social Security Disability denial can be extremely frustrating for the applicant. There are numerous factors that can create this feeling but some of the most prevalent are the many months waiting for the disability hearing (now more than a year on average), lack of income, and, of course, dealing with the disability itself.

You will probably not hear from your lawyer very often during the time period from the second denial to the hearing before an administrative law judge. Silence does not mean you have selected a bad lawyer, it just means that there is not a lot happening. However, what you do during this time period has the potential to harm or help your case before the judge.

Here are some things you can do to help your case.

Read more: How to Help Your Lawyer Win Your Disability Benefits Appeal

Music Therapy to Help With Disabilities

Music is an integral part of our lives. It tells our life’s story, our ups, our downs and everything in between. As I write this I am listening to John Denver’s Sunshine on My Shoulders,

                “If I had a wish that I could wish for you,
                I'd make a wish for sunshine for all the while.”

Yet music is also changing the lives of people with disabilities. Modern psychology is delving into using music as therapy for a broad spectrum of mental and cognitive disorders ranging from simple memorization problems to severe autism and post traumatic stress disorders. Health Talk reports that there are 5,000 music therapists in the U.S. and using music during therapy is a growing trend in healthcare. A recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association describes how music has helped calm mechanically ventilated patients thus decreasing the amount of sedation drugs needed.

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augustAugust is a Time to Celebrate!

Here comes August, the symbol of summer winding down and school starting once again. August is one of those months that contain no holidays or special days—or does it? Although it is true there are no national holidays during August, there are plenty of designated special days during this month that you could get excited about. Here are some of my favorite days.

Let’s start the month off with National Clown Week. Everyone enjoys a good clown (except those of us with coulrophobia). This week was first proclaimed by President Nixon in 1971 and covers the first week of the month. If you happen to be near Baraboo, Wisconsin celebrate by stopping by the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center.

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man with dogOutlook Attitude

Many in the health community want to judge a person’s chronic pain level by their level of depression. One lawyer said that a red flag to the Social Security Administration is an applicant who complains of chronic pain but is not taking anti-depressant medications. Many psychologists believe that chronic pain and depression go hand in hand. Some people believe that a person cannot be in chronic pain and not have depression or be undergoing medicinal or therapeutic treatment for depression.  However, there are a few chronic pain sufferers who are able to rise above their everyday circumstances and maintain a positive attitude and outlook and seem to defy depression.

Read more: Overcome Depression With Outlook Attitude

SSA-LogoSocial Security Disability Statistics for June 2014

Number of people receiving Social Security disability benefits who are disabled, under age 65-     14,298,000 (includes children receiving SSI)
Receiving SSI only-       4,657,000.

The average monthly benefit amount for a disabled worker was $1,145.61.  

Read more: Social Security Disability Statistics for June 2014


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