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Carol Ann Brent

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  • I am a 70 percent disabled veteran with ptsd, i cant keep employment for the last 5 years consistent , am i elgible for ssdi.

    current job 1 year i have panic attacks

    Carol’s Answer

    It also depends on if you are currently seeking treatment for your condition. If you just received a diagnosis, but never followed up with treatment it may be more difficult for you to prove that you can not work a full-time job with your PTSD.

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  • I have been denied social security. I am wondering if I'm eligible.?

    I've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, social anxiety, as well as having add and odd. These things make it extremely difficult to maintain employment, much less daily activities. In no way whatsoever am I lazy, it's just a tremendous burden on...

    Carol’s Answer

    I would also suggest that you make sure that you are seeing a counselor and/or psychiatrist for your problems. The ALJS in my area will not consider bipolar disorder, social anxiety, etc. as severe problems unless you have actively been seeking treatment and still continue to suffer from these mental problems. Too often I get claimants stating they are depressed, but the only thing they are doing to help their depression is getting prescription medications from their family physicians. The SSA and judges then consider their mental problems non-severe since they feel that a claimant would get treatment if their problems really were disabling.

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  • I absolutely want to be 100% honest but have heard some answers are better stated one way then anther for SSA Adult function

    report How do I best answer these questions other than honest and fair? As I've been told how you answer is better one way then another, so I'm confused! Please shed some light.

    Carol’s Answer

    That is why i always help my clients complete the function report. I always make sure their answers are honest, but there are ways to list the honest answers without hurting your case. For example, my clients tell me one of the household chores they do is to vacuum the house. However, when I question them further they state they only use a lightweight portable vacuum and they only last for 5 minutes. I list these details. It's important to list the details or the social security administration will just assume you do your vacuuming in the same manner as every other individual without a disability. Here in western NY the ALJs are beginning to use the claimant's own words in the function report as part of the questioning at hearings, so the answers must be carefully considered.

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  • I had applied for a financial assistance application through St Joes hospital, and recieved a letter we did not qualify

    We are a family of 4, and make about 70,000 a year. I have a hospital bill of 30,000 dollars and nothing was taken off with the financial assistance application. They will only let me go out 1 year to pay this debt. They want 2300 a month!! I have...

    Carol’s Answer

    You also have to be under the income limit for a family of 4 in Arizona to file for Chapter 7. You need to seek the advise of a bankruptcy attorney whom will calculate allowable deductions from your income and let you know if you qualify. The attorney will be able to answer all of your questions. You can get rid of the credit card debt if you qualify for a Chapter 7 even if you have never been late in your payments. If you have been using your credit cards daily it's important to take the statements with you for the bankruptcy attorney to review. He may advise you to wait for 90 days before filing.

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  • Is it a good sign that an SSI law firm has taken my case and represent me at a hearing in front of a judge?

    My initial claim was denied and an SSI law firm has agreed to represent me in my hearing in front of a judge. Its going on 2 years since I first applied. My disability is bipolar 1

    Carol’s Answer

    What you need to do is see if the attorney has reviewed your file and see what he/she thinks of your case. I sign up clients for hearings, but I do not get the opportunity to review the file until after I have signed up the clients. I then review the file and tell the client what I think of his/her case. Often I can make suggestions on how they can strengthen their case. I have actually reviewed files and it turns out there is not a single medical record in it. I then review the file with the client so we can get the evidence that we need to win the hearing. You don't want to wait until the last minute to speak with your attorney since it can take time to get the needed evidence.

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  • Getting Approved For SSI Without Excessive Medical Records?

    Seems like most SSI lawyers will only take case with tons of medical records to back it up. I do have a few medical records from a while ago but that wasn't good enough for them to take case. I have an extensive academic record dating back to elem...

    Carol’s Answer

    I agree that you should set up an appointment with a neurologist in order to update your medical records. You need to show that you are unable to work a full time job based on your age, education and past work experience. It also doesn't matter if you are unable to find a job or get hired for a job. I often get calls from individuals whom tell me they could work full-time, but no one will hire them. If you can work full-time then you will be denied social security disability.

    In Western New York, where I practice the legal aid lawyers take a very, very limited number of social security disability cases. However, many attorneys will take a SSI case even though they do not pay as much in back benefits- you just have to keep calling until you find one. They would be more willing to take your case if you have recent medical records from a neurologist.

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  • My Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is getting worse and I don't think I can work. How difficult would it be to get on disability?

    I was laid off last April, but even during that job I was on medical leave for 3 months due to stress/exhaustion and stomach problems including IBS (which has been on my medical charts since 2009 at least, and likely since 2000 if I can track down...

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    You should apply if you feel as if you cannot hold down a full-time job due to your condition. However, if you have had this condition since 2000 you would have to show that it has become worse since you could work with it until 2013. One thing that would help is if your medical records showed that you would need to take numerous breaks during a workday due to your IBS. Many employers would not allow an employee to take numerous unscheduled work breaks during a workday and this would help prove that you could not work full-time.

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  • My son has been getting SSI benefits since age 10, he just reached age 18 and soc sec sent me forms to do a redetermanation case

    My son has autism/adhd, had seizures but under medication. SS sent another letter they may want to evaluate him with one of their DR,is this common? my son has very hard time with fine motor skills brushing teeth,tyingshoes,basic living skills. c...

    Carol’s Answer

    Here in NY it is very common for a child whom received childhood SSI to be evaluated at age 18 to see if the child is still eligible for SSI as an adult. It is very important that when your son is evaluated that you are able to provide a list of his medical providers. This way the social security administration can obtain the necessary medical records showing that he has the limitations that you listed. You will also want to provide education and/or counseling records if he sees a counselor to help him with his autism. Basically you want to show the social security administration that although he is 18, he is more like a 10 year old. You can always appeal the decision, but it is better to try to prove your son's case in the beginning rather than having him being denied and him having to appeal the decision.

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  • Can I get social security income even though I dont have enough worked income credits?

    I have several disabilities that prevent me from working, I haven't worked sine August 2003, forward because I was married. Im trying to get S.S.I, I have no income I can't work due to osteoarthritis, spondylolesthesis, spondylolsis, tornrotatorcu...

    Carol’s Answer

    You may be able to get SSI without work credits or you may be able to prove that you were insured for social security disability benefits. It depends on a number of factors. You can apply yourself over the phone or internet or hire an attorney whom will guide you through the whole application process. Don't wait, though, because with SSI the date of your application is the first day that you are eligible for benefits if you are approved.

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  • I have numerous medical conditions and am wondering if i would be eligible for ssdi

    i have nerve damage to my left side, bilateral carpal tunnel, bilateral tendonitis, moderate to severe arthritis in my knees and hips, degeneration in my lower back and neck ,waiting on the rsults of a nuclear bone scan on my hands and wrist....wa...

    Carol’s Answer

    Social security disability is based upon a showing that there are not a significant number of jobs available for you based upon your age, past work history and education. You may be eligible for either SSD or SSI depending upon your current income, resources and how long ago you actually worked. If you last worked in 1980 it may be more difficult to show you are eligible for SSD. However, if you haven't worked, have a low enough income and low resources you can apply for SSI. It is also important that you have medical records which show that you have the listed impairments and are being treated for them. If you have not sought medical care for many years it is more difficult to show that you have limitations due to your medical issues.

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