Social Security Disability attorneys will tell you that medical evidence is the lynch pin in a disability case. That is, you must prove you have the medical conditions you're complaining of and the only way to do this is through regular treatment with your doctor.
The National Institute of Mental Health describes Post-traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD") as the following:
This week's passing of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams is tragic. Tragic as it may be, Robin Williams' death brings a serious issue facing many of our country's veterans to the forefront. Depression and suicide do not discriminate and can affect anyone. Veterans across the country are suffering from depression and having suicidal thoughts on a daily basis. Help is available.
It is that time of year again along the Gulf Coast. Throughout our collection of communities, from New Orleans, Louisiana, through Pensacola, Florida, our family and friends at Gardberg, Clausen & Kemmerly have begun to pay significant attention to the Atlantic Hurricane Season. We have previously posted several tips and quick links for the people in areas who could be impacted by a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. The link can be found at http://www.gardberglawfirm.com/2013/06/hurricane-preparation-on-the-gulf-coast.shtml
President Obama is set to sign a $16.3 billion bill benefitting veterans today. The bill is in response to reports of veterans dying while waiting for appointments with VA doctors while VA employees covered up those long wait times. This measure allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire thousands of doctors, nurses, and other medical and health professionals at the VA hospitals and outpatient clinics throughout the United States to more quickly serve veterans.
If you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may send you to be examined by an independent physician. The different array of examinations is generally considered consistent with your claimed disabilities. For example, if you have alleged depression or anxiety as a disability, SSA may send you to be examined by a psychologist; if you allege disability because of lower back problems, SSA may send you to be examined by an orthopeadic doctor.
In a prior post discussing some of the more common complications and injuries suffered by men taking testosterone therapy medications, also called Low-T, our firm outlined the concerns shared by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. The FDA report can be found here. Interestingly, new litigation news regarding the testosterone and Low-T problems has recently come to light.
You can apply for Social Security disability online through the Social Security Administration's website at www.ssa.gov. It's a great way to avoid timely delays you may encounter when scheduling an appointment that may reach a month or more into the future. However, ne particularly important caveat you should know about applying online - you cannot apply for SSI online.
It is not uncommon for someone who has suffered a personal injury to struggle in a wide array of facets in their personal life. Seeking the advice of counsel is undoubtedly one way to help get your life on track and, to further protect your legal claim. An experienced lawyer will help answer the questions you have and start planning the steps of your future. However, there are many things that the injured person can do to assist themselves and their legal claim.