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SSA is constantly expanding their online services to better serve you. The best way to get information about your retirement, survivors and disability benefits is to sign up for a free, personal my Social Security account. Log in to your my Social Security account today and choose your preference to receive notifications from SSA by text or email so you don’t miss the latest news and updates!
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Percentage of Workers Requiring Disability or Survivors Benefits

According to a study by Social Security's Office of Chief Actuary, the chances of living to full retirement age without either becoming disabled or dying before reaching retirement age is 64% for males and 70% for females born in 1998. That is, for kids who are now 20 years old, it is estimated that for males, 36% will need disability or die before retirement. For females the percentage is slightly less, (which is better) at 30%.

For females born in 1966, making them now approximately 52 years old, the percentage is the same – roughly 30% have become or will either become disabled or die prior to retirement. For males who are now 52, a larger percentage, 42% will either become, or have already become disabled, or die before reaching retirement age.

The take away is somewhat encouraging, in that for males the chances of becoming disabled are less now, by six percentage points, for younger people than they have been for older males. But still, a there is a lot of death and disability before full retirement age for both genders.

People dramatically undervalue the importance of Social Security disability and survivor benefits. Social Security is a whole lot more than just a retirement program. The disability and survivors benefits programs provide crucial financial support when a health crisis occurs, and they occur far too often. As a great many people unfortunately find out, it can happen to you.

For those wanting to see the details, click on this link: https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/NOTES/ran6/an2018-6.pdf
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Medical Records and Your Disability Claim

You have an obligation to tell the Social Security Administration about your medical providers. We help our clients obtain their medical records by requesting them from the treating sources, and then submitting them electronically, so that our client’s medical conditions can be reviewed by the Administrative Law Judge.
The medical records tell us, and the judge the following about you:
• Your Medical history: Your doctor’s records will mostl likely describe your symptoms and indicate when they began.
• Your Treatment: Your medical records will most likely provide a medical diagnosis suggested by your symptoms. The records also describe treatments recommended, provide details of any diagnostic testing, and indicate what medications, if any, are prescribed.
• The Impact on your Life: Your medical records will, hopefully, describe how your disability affects your life. This is important information that you will need to provide to your doctor, as it gives the Administrative law Judge an indication of how severe your medical conditions are, and provide important indications regarding whether you have the ability to work on a full time basis.
Remember: Your medical evidence needs to be the strength of your case, not its weakness.

Our law firm can help you with the development of your Social Security Disability and/or SSI claim. We have helped hundreds of people establish their eligibility. If you are interested in discussing your claim with us, please contact us for a free initial consultation. We only charge a fee if we win your case! Our phone numbers are as follows:
Mobile: (251) 478-5297
Pensacola: (850)479-3552
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Did you know that if you are a disabled veteran the Social Security Administration (SSA) will expedite your claim when filing for disability benefits?

Veterans who have a 100% Permanent and Total (P&T) disability compensation rating from the Veterans Administration (VA), and are also pursuing claims for Social Security Disability benefits, will receive expedited processing of their claims by the Social Security Administration. Disabled veterans should notify either their representatives, or SSA, immediately, to receive the expedited scheduling. SSA will then verify the 100% P&T rating status with the VA. No additional proof will be required to receive the expedited processing by SSA.

The VA 100% P&T rating does not necessarily mean that the disabled veteran will receive approval on the claim for Social Security Disability benefits, as the regulations and definitions for eligibility under the two programs are different. The disabled veteran will still have to prove, through acceptable medical and non-medical evidence, that all of the requirements for Social Security Disability will be met. The good news for these veterans, though, is that their claims will receive preferential treatment as far as getting a hearing scheduled and decision made on their claims.

The SSA notes that this expedited policy does not apply to veterans with a 100% disability pension rating. That is, it only applies to individuals with a 100% disability COMPENSATION rating.

Anyone with questions regarding this policy may, of course, call our office at 1-800-544-3568. This policy should prove very helpful to our veterans who have served our country so well and deserve our gratitude so much.
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Did you know that if you are a disabled veteran the Social Security Administration (SSA) will expedite your claim when filing for disability benefits?

Veterans who have a 100% Permanent and Total (P&T) disability compensation rating from the Veterans Administration (VA), and are also pursuing claims for Social Security Disability benefits, will receive expedited processing of their claims by the Social Security Administration. Disabled veterans should notify either their representatives, or SSA, immediately, to receive the expedited scheduling. SSA will then verify the 100% P&T rating status with the VA. No additional proof will be required to receive the expedited processing by SSA.

The VA 100% P&T rating does not necessarily mean that the disabled veteran will receive approval on the claim for Social Security Disability benefits, as the regulations and definitions for eligibility under the two programs are different. The disabled veteran will still have to prove, through acceptable medical and non-medical evidence, that all of the requirements for Social Security Disability will be met. The good news for these veterans, though, is that their claims will receive preferential treatment as far as getting a hearing scheduled and decision made on their claims.

The SSA notes that this expedited policy does not apply to veterans with a 100% disability pension rating. That is, it only applies to individuals with a 100% disability COMPENSATION rating.

Anyone with questions regarding this policy may, of course, call our office at 1-800-544-3568. This policy should prove very helpful to our veterans who have served our country so well and deserve our gratitude so much.
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Did you know that if you are a disabled veteran the Social Security Administration (SSA) will expedite your claim when filing for disability benefits?

Veterans who have a 100% Permanent and Total (P&T) disability compensation rating from the Veterans Administration (VA), and are also pursuing claims for Social Security Disability benefits, will receive expedited processing of their claims by the Social Security Administration. Disabled veterans should notify either their representatives, or SSA, immediately, to receive the expedited scheduling. SSA will then verify the 100% P&T rating status with the VA. No additional proof will be required to receive the expedited processing by SSA.

The VA 100% P&T rating does not necessarily mean that the disabled veteran will receive approval on the claim for Social Security Disability benefits, as the regulations and definitions for eligibility under the two programs are different. The disabled veteran will still have to prove, through acceptable medical and non-medical evidence, that all of the requirements for Social Security Disability will be met. The good news for these veterans, though, is that their claims will receive preferential treatment as far as getting a hearing scheduled and decision made on their claims.

The SSA notes that this expedited policy does not apply to veterans with a 100% disability pension rating. That is, it only applies to individuals with a 100% disability COMPENSATION rating.

Anyone with questions regarding this policy may, of course, call our office at 1-800-544-3568. This policy should prove very helpful to our veterans who have served our country so well and deserve our gratitude so much.
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April 4th - April 13th is National my Social Security week!

We encourage you to sign up for a "my Social Security" account on the Social Security Administration website. A my Social Security account gives you access to personal information, tools and resources to meet your changing needs and lifestyles. With my Social Security, you are able request a replacement Social Security card, check your earnings record and find out about your benefit and payment information.

Start planning for retirement today with the help of a my Social Security account. Sign up at https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/
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TIPS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR CLAIM
If you are seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, one of the most important parts of your case is the medical evidence.

One of the tips we give our clients is to THINK when you visit your doctor, psychologist, therapist, etc. The people providing you with care take notes of what you say. The things you say can help your case quite a lot. Examples are discussions about pain, medication side effects, etc. That is, when you testify at your hearing about pain or medication side effects, it strengthens your case to have those same problems documented in the records of your medical provider.
We frequently see examples of things people tell their physicians that do not help. When a physician asks how a patient is doing, and the patient says “fine, how are you”, the physician’s notes generally reflect that. While the patient may just be making conversation, thinking “I wouldn’t be here unless I really needed help”, the treatment note that the judge reads frequently says “patient had no complaints”. Thus, it is important to keep in mind that the medical provider’s notes will reflect what you say.

Other unhelpful examples we have seen in medical records may concern references to hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, vacations, gardening, etc. When you testify at the hearing, you will probably be asked about your daily activities, and how your disabilities affect your life. If your testimony in court is that you are very limited in your activities and interests, but the medical records describe someone with an active life, the judge is more likely to believe what you told your medical provider.
Your medical evidence should be the strength of your case, not the weakness in your case. So, be sure to THINK. Your medical records should detail how your disability affects your daily activities, and thus your ability to work. If you have pain, medication side effects, limitations affecting your standing, sitting, lifting, bending, or your ability to stay awake or concentrate, your medical records need to reflect your symptoms.

At Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C., we work closely with our clients, to develop the medical evidence proving disability. If you are interested in speaking to someone in our firm, we have a NO FEE/ FREE consultation. Please call us Toll Free at 1-800-544-3568, or in our Mobile, Alabama office at (251) 478-5297, or our Pensacola, Florida number, (850) 479-3552.
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