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Beta Interferons Treatment and MS

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a potentially debilitating disease that causes inflammatory damage around the axons of the brain and spinal cord. This damage to the myelin sheath called the “demyelination” can cause loss of sensitivity, tingling, pins and needles, numbness, muscle weakness, spasm, difficulty moving with coordination, balance, speech and digestive problems.

Beta Interferon has been used as one of the first line “disease modifying treatments” but, unfortunately, researchers at the University of British Columbia are reporting that there is “no strong evidence of a significant association between using Beta Interferons in MS in delaying long term disability progression”.

If you have been diagnosed with MS, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. You should discuss with your physician your treatment options and immediately apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration doesn’t always make it easy for those who have MS to get the disability benefits that they deserve. You can learn more about your rights to Social Security Disability benefits by contacting MS Social Security Disability attorney Nancy Cavey who can help you win the Social Security Disability benefits that you deserve.

Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits for a Visual Disorder

If you have been diagnosed with a visual impairment, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Visual disorders can include degenerative conditions, diabetic retinopathy, or cancer. If you have these difficulties and are unable to work for 12 months or longer, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. SSDI is a disability insurance program that is funded as a result of withholdings from your paycheck. SSDI can provide you with monthly income if you are under full retirement age and can no longer work because of visual impairment.

Visual impairments and the Social Security Disability claim’s process.

The Social Security Administration has a listing of physical impairments that describe certain medical conditions that are so severe that SSA will presume that any person with that medical condition satisfies the criteria of a listing who is unable to perform any gainful activity and, therefore is disabled. Social Security Disability attorney Nancy Cavey knows that the rules are complex and require careful analysis to understand and ensure that your visual condition meets a listing that would otherwise qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits.

Having a Social Security Disability attorney can greatly improve your chances of a successful outcome and will include assistance with the paperwork, completing applications and forms, collecting medical records and building a claim’s file that will establish that you meet the Social Security Administrations requirements for Social Security Disability benefits.

To find out whether you are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, call the Law Office of Nancy Cavey for a free evaluation.

Coronary Artery Disease and Stenting

Did you know that the common practice of inserting a stent in to narrow artery has “no benefit over the standard medical care in treating of single coronary artery disease” according to a study, summarizing 8 random trials Coronary Artery Disease comparing percutaneous intervention and traditional methods of treatment.

In a percutaneous coronary intervention, a surgeon will insert a mesh tube made of metal into an artery that has become barrowed by accumulated plaque. The tube expands to hold the artery open, where the blood flow is restricted.

These stents are filled with medication that help keep the artery open. Despite the wide spread popularity of the procedure, many suggest that prescribing beta blockers, ace inhibitors, statin and daily aspirin were just as effective as stent implantation for the prevention of chest pain, heart attack or future PICI and death.

If your claim for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied and you have undergone stenting for coronary artery disease, you should contact coronary artery disease Social Security Disability attorney Nancy L. Cavey at 727.894.3188 for a complementary consultation to learn more about your rights to benefits.

Resource: New York Times Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

Social Security Disability Benefits and Drugs that Cloud Your Brain

One of the many questions that you are asked in the Social Security Disability claim process is what medication you are using.

Many people are unaware that pain killers, antihistamines, and various other medications can adversely effect brain functions. These drugs are called Anticholinergics can effect the action of Acetylcholine which is a chemical messenger with a range of functions in the body including memory function and cognitive function.

Anticholinergics drugs can be cumulative and, according the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, researchers found that “those taking more than one Anticholinergics drugs will have lower cognitive function than those that are not using any such drug.” The death rate among the study of users was 68% hire.

It is suspected that the Anticholinergics drugs take a “toll on the body organs and systems like cardiovascular systems adn although there are no studies to confirm this” according to Dr. Chris Fox, a Senior Lecturer at Norwich Medical School.

Statistics show that of 36 million Americans, 20% take at least one Anticholinergics medication.

According to Dr. Bostani, Director of the Wishard Healthy Aging Brain Center, if you are taking one of the drugs that is an Anticholinergics for 60 days, you double the odds of developing cognitive impairment. It’s important that in the course of your Social Security Disability claim that you advise the Social Security Administration whether or not you are having any cognitive effects as the result of any medication that you might be taking. This can make the difference between securing your Social Security Disability benefits or being denied those benefits.

If your claim for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied and your are taking multiple medications, you should contact us to learn how you too might get your Social Security Disability benefits. Contact us at 727.894.3188 for a no obligation consultation.

What Are the Odds- The Success of Your Social Security Disability Claims May Depend on the Judge

The Social Security Administration doesn’t make it easy to get your Social Security Disability benefits. In a recent study released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, revealed “Why disparities in a percentages of claim’s granted by Administrative Law Judges with some judges within the same hearing office approving 90% of claims and others approving less than 15%”.

Social Security Administrative Law Judges decide Social Security Disability claims in regional hearing offices. Cases are assigned to judge’s randomly and you would think that the approval rate would be roughly the same. However, each judge has their own way of approaching disability cases and certain disability issues.

At our law office, we think that it’s crucial that your Social Security Disability attorney understand the judge’s personal “likes and dislikes”.

It’s just like your school days. You have to give the teacher what the teacher wants to get an A. You could improve your chances of winning your Social Security Disability claim by having a Pinellas County Social Security Disability Attorney, like Nancy Cavey. Contact your social security disability lawyer  today at 727-894-3188 for a complimentary 30-minute consultation.

If you have a severe medical condition that makes it impossible for you to work and you have been denied your Social Security Disability benefits, Social Security Disability attorney Nancy Cavey can help cut through the red tape and fight for your benefits, no matter where you live in Pinellas County.

**Link: http://www.star-telegram.com July 10, 2011 by Alex Branch**

Federal Suit Filed on Accusing Social Security Judges of Bias

Your Social Security Disability claim may ultimately be decided by an Administrative Law Judge. National statistics show that over 60% of Social Security Disability claims are awarded after a Social Security Disability hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. But, there are some biased judges and in April 2011, a Federal Suit was filed in the Eastern District of New York accusing Federal Administrative Law Judge’s of erecting a “brick wall” of bias denying legitimate Social Security Disability claims.

An independent think tank at Syracuse University released an office by office study of close to 2 million benefit determinations that suggest that “the chance that a disability claim is granted or denied is often determined more by a particular judge assigned to handle it that by the facts and circumstances presented in the case.”

The class action law suit Padar v. Astrue claim’s that Social Security Disability applicants in claims have been systematically deprived of their rights to a “full and fear hearing before an impartial administrative law judge.”

According to the plaintiffs, 72% of Social Security Disability claims are granted nation wide by Social Security Disability judges from 2005 to 2008, yet four the claim’s judges just grant 31-45% of the cases that they heard.

Statistics show that the five judges named in this lawsuit were reversed 80% of the time when their cases were appealed to the federal court.

We hope that the Social Security Disability Administration addresses this issue as quickly as possible so that all Social Security Disability applicants get a full and fair hearing.

Need Help With Your Social Security Disability Benefits Claim?

Social Security benefits may be available to you if you are unable to work. The Social Security Administration doesn’t make it easy for the disabled to get the benefits that they deserve and if you have been denied your Social Security Disability benefits, Sharon Barrett can help you cut through the red tape and fight for your benefits no matter where you live in Tampa Bay. Call today at 727.894.3188.

Cited: **September 8, 2011 www.law.com**

The ABC Formula for Having Your Doctor Fill Out a Residual Functional Capacity Form

If your physician has told you that you are unable to work as a result of a disabling medical condition, you should immediately file for Social Security Disability benefits. But, a letter from your doctor simply stating that you are disabled and no longer able to work is not going to cut it. A residual function capacity form can make or break your disability case.

What’s the secret behind a residual functional capacity form? This form answers the question about your ability to engage in normal activities despite medical or physical conditions. Some common questions about how long you can sit, stand, walk or lift; whether you have good days or bad days; can you be expected to miss time from work?Doctor Capacity Forms

One of the secrets is that well put together RFC form can be a key piece of evidence in your Social Security Disability case.

It’s crucial that you have your physician complete the right RFC form and to complete it in a way that paints a picture for the Administrative Law Judge about your functionality.

Under the Social Security Law, ALJ’s are required to give significant weight to the opinions of treating physicians, particularly if the doctor’s opinion is documented and consistent with your medical evidence.

An opinion from your treating physician can mean the difference between a favorable and unfavorable decision.

Social Security Disability benefits may be available to you, but, unfortunately, the Social Security Administration doesn’t make it easy for the disabled to get the benefits that they deserve, they will never tell you about residual functional capacity forms and how they can make or break your Social Security Disability claim. If you medical condition makes it impossible for you to work, and you have been denied your Social Security Disability benefits, Sharon Barrett can help you cut through the red tape and have your doctor fill out the right residual functional capacity form for your Social Security Disability claim. Call today at 727.894.3188.

Cholesterol Management and Your Cardiovascular Health

When a severe medical condition such as cardiovascular disease results in disability, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if you are unable to work.

A report from a nutritional outlook reveals that over half of the adults in the United States have high or elevated cholesterol which can lead to cardiovascular disease. The trends found by Innova Market Insights show that Americans have spent $11 billion on food with heart health claims like “cholesterol free” and “reduced cholesterol” since 2008. Many of those products are bakery and cereal or dairy products.

Fat enriched foods have become part of the American diet and have resulted in higher incidence of obesity, cholesterol problems and cardiovascular problems. If your doctor has told you that you are unable to work as a result of a cardiovascular condition, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration doesn’t always make it easy for the disabled to the Social Security Disability benefits that they deserve. If your obesity or cardiovascular problems make it impossible for you to work and you have been denied your Social Security Disability benefits, Sharon Barrett can help you cut through the red tape and fight for your benefits no matter where you live in the Tampa Bay area.

Gene Therapies Trained to Kill Cancer

In a bold new experiment at the University of Pennsylvania, doctors removed a billion of William Ludwig’s T-Cells. T-Cells are white blood cells that fight viruses and tumors. The T-Cells were given new genes that were programmed to attack his cancer. The altered cells were then dripped back into Mr. Ludwig’s veins and, after a few weeks, his leukemia was gone.

According to an article in the New York Times: Science Times there was “no trace of it anywhere, no leukemic cells in his blood or bone marrow, no more bulging lymph nodes on his CT scans.” This treatment was described recently in the New England Journal of Medicine and Science Translational Medicine. It may be a significant turn in a long struggle to develop effective gene therapies against cancers and the HIV-1 virus that causes AIDS.

If your leukemia has prevented you from working for a long period of time or you are in treatment, you may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits if you worked twenty out of the last forty quarters.

Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration doesn’t make it easy for those with leukemia or HIV to get the disability benefits that they deserve. We, at Cavey and Barrett, applaud the bold experiment at the University of Pennsylvania run by Dr. Carl June.

If you are fighting the Social Security Administration while you are fighting your leukemia, Sharon Barrett, can help you cut through the red tape and help you fight for your benefits no matter where you live in the Tampa Bay area.

Call today at 727.894.3188. **Cite: The Science Times: New York Times, Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Article by Denise Grady**

Why Social Security Isn’t a Ponzi Scheme

Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry has done all hardworking Americans a disservice by calling Social Security a “Ponzi Scheme”. Obviously, Rick Perry doesn’t understand how Social Security Disability benefits are funded. Social Security Disability are deducted from payroll taxes and the United States Congress has adjusted it to put the program back on solid ground. What Rick Perry doesn’t understand is that Social SecuritySocial Security Disability Ponzi Scheme Disability is an insurance plan to help the disabled and their families stay out of poverty.

Look at your paycheck, you will see withholdings that are called FICA withholdings. Those withholdings fund your entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits and you have work twenty out of the last forty quarters to be insured.

Look, we all know that the Social Security system has problems, but the Social Security Disability program is really on solid ground. It does need regular adjustments to keep the tax and benefit formulas in line. Congress has responded to those changes by increasing the Social Security tax rates 20 times and the maximum amount of wages subjected to tax 43 times between 1937 and 2009. Obviously Congress has put the Social Security Disability system on sound financial footing. We only wish that Rick Perry was on sound footing before he shoots off his mouth about the Social Security Disability system. It is clear that he simply doesn’t understand what Social Security is and how it is funded.

If your doctor has told you that you are unable to work, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits if you are insured.

You can learn more about the Social Security Disability claim’s process and your right to lost wage payments as a result of disability by ordering Cavey and Barrett’s Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits.