Category Archives: Social Security Disability Benefits

Regular Visits To Your Doctor Can Improve Your Chances of Gaining Social Security Disability Benefits.

Disability Claims Lawyer in San Antonio Discusses Important Medical Records.Whether you file a claim for Disability Benefits (SSDI) or Social Security Income Benefits (SSI), it’s imperative that you demonstrate that you have a medically determinable condition that is preventing you from working. This means that a doctor or other medical expert must have evaluated your case, and determined that you are unable to work.  As a San Antonio disability lawyer, I have seen meritorious disability claims denied because of significant gaps in medical treatment during the evaluation of the claimant’s application.

Additionally, you must show the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your disability will last at least 12 months or result in death.  Therefore, no matter how severe your injuries are, you must “show” the SSA that you are disabled, and that this disability will last 12 months or more.  “Showing” means providing evidence, which is why continuous medical visits with your doctor are important.  Statements you provide to SSA are probably not sufficient to meet the burden of “showing” them that you are disabled.  In almost all cases, you will need well-documented medical evidence to persuade the SSA that your disability claim should be approved.

Regular visits to your doctor, regardless of whether or not there are new findings, can demonstrate that your symptoms are real, have not improved, or perhaps have grown worse over time.

Additionally, it’s important to help your own doctor to properly document your disabling conditions.  Because the notes your doctor makes in your medical record, along with his or her recommendations, appear in the records sent to the SSA, it’s important that you help your doctor properly document your conditions by doing the following:

Much Needed Assistance for Our Country’s Veterans

San Antonio Disability Lawyer - Barrus Law GroupThis Veterans Day the Barrus Law Group wishes to give thanks to all the brave men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country, keeping us safe, and allowing us to continue to enjoy the freedoms and quality of life that have become the envy of nations the world over.  Our team of San Antonio disability lawyers is honored to help veterans receive disability benefits before the Social Security Administration.  Our country’s veterans of foreign wars fought hard for our freedom, and in turn we fight hard for them before the Social Security Administration to get the disability benefits they and their families deserve.

Alarmingly, each Veterans Day we hear stories about veterans who are suffering physically, economically, and emotionally.  We hear stories about how the growing population of street homeless are veterans.  We hear about the alarming rate of drug and alcohol abuse among veterans, and about increases in suicide rates among our country’s heroes upon returning home.  These stories are heartbreaking to say the least, which is why our disability claims lawyers in San Antonio Texas do everything they can to help our veterans in need.

Many of our veterans also struggle economically, especially those who are disabled by lesser-recognized disabilities such as PTSD, Depression, or other debilitating conditions.  Sadly, many veterans fail to realize that they can get economic help by receiving social security disability benefits in addition to the veteran’s benefits they may already be receiving.

4 Steps For Winning Your Child’s SSI Disability Case

Winning Your Child’s SSI Disability Case

Disability Claim Lawyer in San Antonio TexasThere seems to be a common misconception that it’s somehow easier to get SSI disability benefits for children than for adults.  However, as a San Antonio disability lawyer, it’s been my experience that it’s much harder to get SSI disability benefits for children.

This may be due, in part, to the fact that the majority of children’s disability claims arise from one or more of the following ailments:

  1. ADHD
  2. Asthma
  3. Learning Disabilities, or
  4. Seizures

The problem is that each of these impairments is very common in children, and except in very severe cases, it will be hard to show that the impairment rises to the level of a finding of disability.

For a child to be determined by the SSA as “disabled,” a child’s impairments must either “medically equal” or “functionally equal” one of the impairments found in the Listing of Impairments found in 20 C.F.R. § 416.924(d).  In order for this to occur, you must show that the child has a “medically determinable physical or mental impairment” that results in marked and severe functional limitations.    This is a very difficult burden to meet in the majority of child disability cases.

While children’s SSI disability cases can be challenging, our firm has had good results with child SSI cases.  In proving a child disability case, we use a 4-Step Evaluation Process.

Continuing Disability Review Aims to Decrease Social Security Disability Payouts

Disability Claim Lawyer San AntonioWritten on behalf of San Antonio Disability Lawyer, Stacey M. Barrus.

It’s no secret that Social Security disability programs are running out of money.  In fact, politicians on both sides of the aisle have been trying to address concerns regarding the Social Security system for years, but none have really took the initiative to tackle the problem head on.  As a result, Social Security executives are searching for ways to reduce the outflow of money from disability programs.

One strategy for reducing the amount of money paid out by Social Security Disability programs is to increase the eligibility standards.  As a disability claim lawyer in San Antonio, I have seen a sharp decrease in the amount of administrative law judge approvals.  In fact, claimant’s representatives across the country are reporting that approvals at the ALJ level are down dramatically from previous years.

Another strategy being employed by SSA is to review favorable decisions for future eligibility.  Thus, even when a claim is approved at the ALJ level, administrative law judges are now often times including directives that the claim be re-evaluated after one year.  As SSA continues to increase the number of disability reviews of approved claims, inevitably a portion of those approved claims will be disapproved after future review.

2 Important Considerations – When the Social Security Administration Believes You Are No Longer Disabled.

Disability Claim Lawyer San Antonio Texas - BlogAs a San Antonio disability claims lawyer, there are certain questions that I get asked frequently.  One of the questions I’m often asked is “What can I do if the SSA discontinues my benefits because they believe I am no longer disabled.”

Unfortunately, sometimes the Social Security Administration (SSA) may believes that a disabled person’s medical condition has improved, or that they are now able work full-time. When this happens, the SSA will send the disability recipient a written notice informing them that their benefits will stop.

If this happens to you there are two important things to know:

3 Games Insurance Companies Play to Deny Disability Coverage Exposed by Texas Disability Attorneys.

disability-claims-lawyers-san-antonio-texasAs a San Antonio disability lawyer, I have seen the games that employers and their insurance companies play in order to deny disability coverage.  Recently, several of these games were exposed by Texas disability attorneys.

One of the games that insurance companies play in order to deny disability benefits is to create a maze of businesses, each with differing levels of responsibility for the administration of disability insurance benefits.  This maze of different entities is often enough to confuse even the most savvy policy holders.  For example, one entity may administer the disability benefits fund, while another owns the fund.  The difficulty arises for plaintiffs in who to talk to, and in many cases sue, when their benefits have been wrongfully denied.

Fortunately, skilled disability claims lawyers, such as the Barrus Law Group’s disability claims lawyers in San Antonio, know the games and tricks that these entities employ to avoid the payment of disability benefits.  They know how to figure out who is ultimately responsible for the denial of benefits, and can also bring bad faith insurance practice claims against entities to exercise bad faith, and wrongfully deny the payment of disability benefits.