Whether you reference it for medical reasons or use it in filing SSDI/SSI claims, heart disease generally is used to describe one of a number of conditions that affect the heart or cardiovascular system.

As a result, heart disease can be described in terms of cardiomyopathy heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, cardiomegaly, endocarditis, Valvular heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, and myocarditis. Add cerebrovascular disease, chronic venous insufficiency, congenital heart disease, aneurysm of the aorta and rheumatic heart disease to the heart disease list too.

Not a Clear Cut Condition
Therefore, when it comes to reviewing the symptoms of heart disease, there is no specific listing that describes all heart disease. Not only can you describe the condition by a broad range of medical terms, you can also define it by an endless number of symptoms too. Symptoms can include such physical complaints as shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, chest pain, and irregular heartbeat, pain that radiates to other areas of the body, palpitations, dizziness and nausea.

Working with the Doctor
Discussing the symptoms with your doctor is an important part of the treatment process as some of the symptoms are life-threatening. Many of the SSA listings for cardiovascular disease depend on test results, x-rays and similar exams to critique an applicant. Applicants should regularly receive ongoing medical treatments and comply with the prescribed treatment plan.

Testing Processes for Heart Disease
Many of the tests that are used to diagnose and treat heart disease can be linked to a specific listing in the SSA’s blue book. These kinds of testing methods and equipment include cardiac catheterization, chest x-ray, CT scan, blood tests, MRI, stress tests, and echocardiograms.

Gaining Approval
Indeed, heart disease approval can turn out to be quite lengthy as determining an applicant’s ability to work not only covers the type of heart disease but also such related conditions as diabetes, obesity, arthritis and high blood pressure. If the heart disease alone does not prevent you from working, it is a good possibility that the impairment and another condition will end in approval

Each Disability Case is Different
Because all the kinds of conditions that heart disease represents, every SSDI and SSI case is different. We, as lawyers, review your medical file and think of an approach to use to assist you in receiving full disability benefits.

Fortunately, if you team up with an SSDI/SSI legal representative, you can receive your benefits more expediently than waiting on approval yourself. Our firm knows what it takes in order to get the SSA to say yes. We work within a number of specialties, so we know all the techniques to use to obtain approval for clients.


Back pain, by basic definition, is listed as musculoskeletal and spinal cord impairment by the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, the criteria are quite rigid with respect to approval. Therefore, few claimants obtain approval when listing “back pain” alone as an impairment.

The SSA’s Definition of Back Pain

The SSA defines “back pain” in terms of disorders of the spine, equal to such conditions as spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, vertebral fracture, facet arthritis and spinal arachnoiditis. These conditions result in back pain that leads to a compromise of the spinal cord or a nerve root. The SSA also defines the pain in terms of spinal arachnoiditis and lumbar spinal stenosis.

Again, few applicants will succeed in receiving approval if you depend on the SSA’s review under this listing. However, attorneys can take other measures in order to receive compensation for clients applying to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.

Therefore, many SSDI/SSI attorneys manage “back pain” cases as they do any other condition that is underscored by pain or require pain management. First, an impairment is identified that could cause the back pain. Then, the patient’s statements about the limiting pain are supported by medical file documentation. The file serves to give credence to the client’s remarks about the discomfort he is experiencing.

Grid Rule Implementation

Clients who are 50 years or older and who have back pain may be approved in some instances by the SSA’s implementation of grid rules. The rules, essentially, are listed on a chart that enables a client, who does not pass approval for an impairment, to be approved via these guidelines. The rules take into account the Residual Functional Component (RFC) for levels of work—sedentary, light, medium or heavy work, as well as the education, skills and work history of an applicant.

Therefore, an attorney who represents an older client, for instance, who is over 50 years old, may contend that his client’s back pain as well as other limitations restricts him to performing sedentary work or to only performing tasks where he sits down.

Indeed, back pain can prevent one from performing work-related tasks as well as keep him from caring for himself or maintaining his house. Because back pain is a frequent claim in law firm filings of disability, it often is associated with other medical conditions, including arthritis, joint pain, obesity, tiredness, and head injuries.

Our law firm understands the various avenues you can take in order to receive disability for back pain discomfort. That’s why it is imperative that you partner with an SSDI/SSI attorney to file an SSD claim. You cannot make an argument for an approval without legal counsel and help. That’s why any disability claim should be represented by an SSDI/SSI law firm. Consult with our firm to initiate the process.



by Clauson on December 24, 2014

In addition to disability, the disability claimant may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income, or “SSI.” To be eligible for SSI benefits, the disability claimant must suffer from a severed condition.  The level of severity is measured by the effect the condition has upon the ability of the claimant to work. Furthermore, the debilitating condition must significantly interfere with the daily activities in which the SSI claimant engages. A disability claimant must suffer from a disabling condition for twelve months. A claimant will be denied if medical records prove the SSI claimant’s condition will resolve itself within the twelve month frame of reference.

If a claimant’s condition is not severe enough to prevent them from going back to work, SSI benefits will not be available.  In this, the debilitating condition must sufficiently limit a claimant’s mental and/or physical abilities such that they cannot return to the kind of work they have performed in the past. A denial can also result if the SSI claimant has enough educational or vocational experience, education, or training such that other types of work could be performed.

Denials of SSI claims for lack of severity of condition translate into distinct categories.  A claimant who cannot perform strenuous work or must remain sitting while working would be categorized as having the work capacity to perform sedentary tasks.  A claimant seeking SSI benefits may also be categorized as having the ability to work light or medium level of work.  In any event, this remaining ability to perform different types of work is called Residual Functional Capacity by the Social Security Administration.  Residual Functional Capacity, or “RFC” as it is called in the disability genre, does not always have to be physically-related.

Mental limitations are taken into consideration in determining eligibility for SSI benefits too.  In this, certain mental disabilities may limit an individual’s ability to concentrate, retain information, or learn.  Some mental residual functional capacity limitations adversely impact a claimant’s ability to deal with supervisors or co-workers. Disability attorneys play a critical role in assisting those claimants who have been denied SSI benefits by insuring their medical information (both mental and physical) is currently and correctly provided to the Social Security Administration.

There are also financial considerations as part of the eligibility determination for SSI benefits.  In this, the SSI claimant’s financial resources and means are taken into consideration.  Financial resources can be attributed to the SSI claimant by virtue of income earned in the household as a whole.  The claimant with excess financial means, assets, and resources may find themselves ineligible for SSI benefits.



by Clauson on December 17, 2014

Many citizens of North Carolina suffer from disabilities of a physical or mental nature yet are unsure if they qualify for social security disability benefits. These potential claimants need to contact a Social Security Law Firm. The social security law firm assists the disabled by first assimilating the information available to support their claim.  The claimant’s work and medical history must be analyzed by the social security law firm.

Work history concerns the disability claimant’s employment over the last 15 years.  The inquiry may reach further as the analysis progresses to the skills and education learned by the claimant over the 15 year window.  The transferability of this knowledge and skill has the potential to affect the disability analysis. The social security law firm understands to focus on these issues in conjunction with the opportunities available in the national economy. This analysis is an absolute must if the case is presented to an Administrative Law Judge.  In this, the Administrative Law Judge will receive testimony and reports from a vocational expert. The vocational expert will provide the court with an opinion as to the ability of the claimant to find work in this economy based his disabling condition, work history, and residual functional capacity.

Medical history is the most important source of disability information. The social security law firm needs a complete record of all medical care and services provided claimant. Once this information is obtained, obvious disabling medical conditions can be identified and properly supported with qualified statements from a claimant’s personal treating physician. These are extremely effective pieces of the disability puzzle. The social security law firm realizes that qualified statements of disability from a claimant’s treating physicians are most persuasive in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.

Further, are the disabling conditions of a sufficient duration to qualify a claimant for social security disability benefits? If the social security law firm discovers the disabling condition is expected to persist beyond the twelve month threshold, the disability claim is in the appropriate posture for success. If the condition is not expected to last beyond the threshold of twelve months, the firm must examine the interaction with other potential disabling conditions as well as any side effects of treatment that could result in a lingering impairment of the ability to perform gainful and productive physical activity.

The social security law firm is an essential partner for a successful disability claimant.  Contact your North Carolina Disability Law Firm today.



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