I have Ataxic Cerebral Palsy and have been applying for disability for the past few years and have been denied.?
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The Social Security Adinistration administers both Social Security insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) welfare benefits. Both programs pay benefits for the elderly and the disabled. The medical severity requirements are identical for both, but the financial eligibility requirements are different. Qualifying for disability benefits through either program is difficult. Very few impairments quality on the basis of diagnosis alone. The applicant must show hows the impairments limit the ability to do work-related activities like walk, stand, sit, lift and carry weight, see, hear, concentrate, remember, etc. One must show the impairment(s) prevent doing any kind of work available in the national economy. Secondly the applicant must have financial eligibility. For Social Security that means having worked and earned enough "covered quarters" and SSI it means having little income or assets. To understand clearly whether a prior application can still be appealed or new application can bring a different result, nothing short of review by local experienced Social Security counsel will meet your needs. Counsel will start by reviewing the most recent denial notice to determine whether it is correct under the law and whether any additional evidence could make a difference.
This general information about the law and legal procedure is offered as a public service, and not intended as legal advice in this or any other case.
If you have repeatedly applied only to be denied then I suspect that you do not have a lawyer. I strongly urge you to retain a local SS attorney. Avoid "advocates" or "case managers" or the like.
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