Category Archives: Disability

Featured Link — Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities


Among the many difficulties faced by people with disabilities is purchasing a home, specifically obtaining financing. MortgageLoan.com is a commercial site, but has a good guide to this process. Here are the opening paragraphs. This guide has been created to help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members, in the process of buying a […]

Featured Link — Tips for Parents of Disabled Children


In our various practice areas we see far too many disabled people, and the children are the ones who tug at our heartstrings most. Being the parent of a disabled child is terribly challenging, and I’m sure all resources are appreciated. Click for a few short tips for parents of disabled children. Here are the […]

Disability Clinical Negligence Rife in the UK’s NHS


This guest post is from my English friend Mr. Jim Loxley of My Compensation, who is getting as frustrated as I am about the state of affairs for injured and disabled people in both our countries. As somebody who deals with disability discrimination cases, the topic of this blog really struck a chord with me when I […]

Featured Link — Council for Disability Awareness


The Council for Disability Awareness is essentially a group of long-term care insurance companies, but their Web site does contain some helpful information about disability in general, and some disturbing statistics about the likelihood of becoming disabled. Here is the mission statement from the site: The CDA is a non-profit organization committed to informing and […]

Parsonage-Turner Syndrome and Social Security Disability Benefits


We recently successfully handled a case where our client suffered from severe Parsonage-Turner syndrome. Individuals suffering from this disorder experience severe shoulder or arm pain followed by weakness and numbness. This is a rare idiopathic syndrome with symptoms resulting from inflammation of unknown an etiology of the brachial plexus nerve network through which the impulses reach the arms, shoulders, and […]

Featured Link – Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation


Our Social Security disability department sees a lot of Crohn’s disease and colitis cases. There is an excellent resource site for people suffering from these diseases, by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Here is a description from the site: About the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America is a non-profit, […]

Featured Link – Disability.gov


The federal government has an excellent resource at Disability.gov for anyone seeking more information about disabilities or the laws and regulations applicable to disabilities. The site is pretty much a redo of the old DisabilityInfo.com, which I have mentioned before. Here is the site’s description: About Us Disability.gov is an award-winning federal Web site that […]

When Cancer Won’t Bring a Social Security Check


This guest post is by Ms. Alexis Bonari. Although Social Security implemented changes in its “Malignant Neoplastic Diseases” criteria in November of 2009, determining disability as a result of cancer can still be difficult. In many cases, extra time is needed for Social Security to decide whether or not disability may be granted. This is […]

Important Help for Vets With PTSD


The Obama administration has announced an important change for veterans who are trying to get disability benefits as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Details are available at the White House Web site. The basic change is that veterans will no longer be required to provide evidence of the specific incident that caused their PTSD […]

Featured Link – Alzheimer Statistics in Texas


The Alzheimer’s Association has a Web page of statistics for Texas. It’s frightening how many cases are diagnosed each year. Here is a statement from the site: In the United States, 5.3 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and a new individual is diagnosed with the disease every 70 seconds. Unless something is done, […]

Recognizing Symptoms of Dementia


This guest post is courtesy of the National Care Planning Council. The Brown family reunion has always been an event everyone looks forward to. Family visits, games, stories and everyone’s favorite foods are always on the agenda. On the top of the menu is Grandmas Lemon Coconut Cake. Grandma always makes the traditional cake from […]

Featured Link – Disability History Timeline


Here is an interesting list of important events from 1817 to 2001 “…highlighting people, events and legislation that effect disability rights.” It begins with: 1817 The American School for the Deaf is founded in Hartford, Connecticut. This is the first school for disabled children anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.

Featured Link – Morgan’s World Amusement Park


Morgan’s Wonderland is located in San Antonio, Texas. It is the World’s First Ultra Accessible Family Fun Park designed specifically for children and adults with special needs, their family members, caregivers, friends and the entire community. This 25-acre park is a unique oasis, that through the spirit of inclusion, allows people of all abilities to […]

How Does Social Security Evaluate Disability Claims?


There is a five-step process set out in the Code of Federal Regulations that determines how disability claims are to be evaluated. 20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1520 and 416.920 (2009). If an individual is found disabled or not disabled at any point in this five-step process, the analysis stops and is conclusive on the issue of […]

EEOC Finds Increase in Job Discrimination Claims Based on Disability


The Associated Press reported, “The number of workers claiming job discrimination based on disability, religion or national origin surged to new highs last year, as federal job bias complaints overall stayed at near-record levels. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that charges of disability discrimination rose by about 10 percent to 21,451 claims, the largest […]

More Texans Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance — and Wait for Benefits


The Watchdog column in the Fort Worth Star Telegram recently had a good article about the hardship of the long waiting time for Social Security disability applicants. This has been a problem for all the years our firm has been representing Social Security disability claimants, and while it is somewhat better now than at times […]

Fast Facts About Arthritis


We recently attended the Commitment To A Cure Arthritis Breakfast in Dallas hosted by the Texas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Their public health, public policy, and research goals are aimed at finding a cure for the 46 million individuals suffering from arthritis.  In keeping with our goal to educate our readers, we would like […]

Sleep Apnea and Social Security Disability


Many of our Social Security Disability clients suffer from sleep apnea. Individuals suffering from this disorder frequently experience: excessive daytime sleepiness (e.g., falling asleep easily and inappropriately), memory problems, and frequent awakenings during the night, often with snoring. The course of prescribed treatment can include positional therapy (e.g., not sleeping on the back), oral or […]

Parkinson’s Disease and Social Security Disability


A number of our Social Security Disability clients suffer from Parkinson’s disease. Individuals suffering from this disorder frequently experience the following symptoms: ∙    tremors or shaking, ∙    slow movement, and ∙    difficulty balancing. The course of prescribed treatment varies depending on which symptoms are most troubling. Medications such as Stalevo are often used, and dosages […]

Commitment To A Cure Arthritis Breakfast Is This Week in Dallas


A few weeks ago we reminded everyone about the upcoming Dallas Arthritis Walk to be held in North Dallas on Saturday May 15, 2010, at 12700 Park Central Drive. We would like to take this opportunity to notify everyone about the Commitment to a Cure Breakfast to be held this Wednesday morning, December 2, 2009.  […]