Top 10 States with Most Disability Insurance Backlogs

A recent report put out by Allsup ranks the top 10 backlogged states with the most residents awaiting a Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits determination or appeals hearing. The report ranking is based on data generated through the end of December 2016 by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA also reports that the [...]

Top 6 Mistakes Made Filing for Social Security Disability

There are a lot of reasons a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim can get rejected for, but mostly it can be a very basic mistake. Since these benefits can mean the difference between remaining self-sufficient or going into a financial crisis, it can make a lot of sense to have legal representation from the [...]

SSA’s eHealth Exchange Speeds up VA and Disability Decisions

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that they were partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to launch a new Health IT initiative whereby Social Security (SS) disability case processing sites will now automatically receive medical records from all VA facilities electronically. This will speed up decisions on SS disability claims, making the [...]

Three Tips for Apply for Disability Benefits & 2017 Increase

The new year always brings changes and 2017 is no different than any of its predecessors. Social Security recipients will be receiving a little bit more money than last year. That’s because of the inflation over the past few years, the Federal government is making a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 0.3%. And, just [...]

Improvement could be on the horizon for spinal cord patients

For many people in Oregon, living with a spinal cord injury is a huge burden. Obviously, the paralysis that is associated with this type of injury can turn a person's life upside down; tasks that were once essentially done without thinking, such as tying shoes or getting dressed, might turn into an excruciating duty. Many [...]

SSD could be good option for woman who got disabled at work

People in the Portland area who are not able to work due to health issues might think that being a successful candidate for Social Security disability benefits means having some kind of illness or disability unrelated to their job. However, this is not necessarily so. Many people who receive Social Security disability benefits do so [...]

From mugged to homeless: a blinded man survives off SSD

Living with a disability can cause so many different ways of struggle for many people. It becomes especially difficult when someone was not born with that disability and must shift their idea of what they had expected for their life. One man was recently featured in the media for having lived through a mugging attack [...]

Disability benefits and neurological disorders

Earlier this summer, the Social Security Administration announced that it would reassess the criteria it uses to determine whether individuals who suffer from brain injuries or neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease are eligible for disability benefits. In real terms, the announcement means that Oregon residents who suffer from physical disorders included in neurological category [...]

Jack Osbourne diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 26

Jack Osbourne's recent public acknowledgement that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 26 provides an opportunity to address a few widely-held misconceptions about the disease, to pass along some information that readers in Oregon and elsewhere might find interesting or helpful, and to briefly discuss MS in the context of [...]