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The Importance of Medical Records in Your SSDI Claim

At the LaPorte Law Firm, we want to make sure you are prepared for your Social Security disability application, appeal, or hearing to give you the best shot at witting your claim. Gathering up all of your medical records can be one of the most important but intimidating tasks of the SSDI and SSI process.

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New Ruling from The Ninth Circuit

In a recent ruling, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that the Social Security regulations in 2017 eliminated the treating physician rule. The treating physician rule allowed the adjudicator to weigh medical opinions based on the extent of the doctor’s relationship with the claimant.

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Does postpartum depression qualify for disability?

Many new moms experience postpartum depression after childbirth, marked by mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, and depression. This form of depression can begin within the first two or three days after delivery and for some new moms, the symptoms can be severe and long-lasting.

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Social Security Disability Lawyer Cost

There are federal laws that dictate how much your Social Security disability lawyer can charge, and all fees must be approved by the Social Security Administration. When Social Security approves a claim, the Social Security Administration will automatically deduct attorney’s fees out of a lump sum retroactive award in most cases.

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Does Fibromyalgia qualify as a disability?

Answer: Yes. A person diagnosed with fibromyalgia can be approved for Social Security disability solely on the basis of fibromyalgia. While fibromyalgia is not a “listed” impairment (SSA’s Listings are impairments that automatically qualify for disability), SSA must evaluate any condition that has lasted, or can be expected to last, twelve continuous months and that results in workplace limitations.

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SSA Office Reopening Plans 2022

Social Security field office have been closed to the public for two years. Since March 2020, all business with SSA has been conducted online or over the phone. The closures have especially impacted those without access to reliable internet connection, computer equipment, or for those who speak English as a second language.

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