Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Creation of Social Security Programs

President Roosevelt created the original Social Security program in 1935 during the height of the Great Depression to help Americans deal with the unemployment and poverty of the decade. This program is the most common. It provides retirement benefits based on how long a person has worked and how much money that worker has paid into the Social Security system via payroll taxes. The government has created other forms of Social Security over the years. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) began in the 1950s. Its aim was (and still is) to provide cash benefits to workers who get hurt and are unable to work. Most workers who qualified for SSDI in its initial years were engaged in blue-collar type work, positions involving grueling physical labor and dangerous conditions. Verifying these workers’ claims was easy, as their injuries were easy visible. For more difficult afflictions, a Tulsa Social Security disability lawyer…
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Disability Benefits for People With Chronic Fatigue

The acceptance of Social Security disability claims often depends on the type of disability that an applicant has. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a malady that often poses difficulties for SSDI applicants. A Tulsa Social Security disability attorney can help applicants understand how the SSDI application process works for various disabilities. The symptoms of CFS include a constant feeling of being hurt and exhausted. People suffering from CFS may not be able to pinpoint symptoms beyond a general feeling of malaise all over their body. As such, it can be difficult for doctors to diagnose. In many respects, CFS poses the same troubles as fibromyalgia when people seek SSDI benefits. People suffering from either fibromyalgia or CFS can take several steps to improve their chances of having their SSDI claim accepted. First, if possible, a specialist should make the diagnosis. Because of the general description of pain and exhaustion with…
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Social Security Benefits Face Severe Shortages

Financial projections for the Social Security Trust Funds continue to paint a bleak picture. The Trust Funds represent the combined assets of the money provided to Americans via Old-Age and Survivors’ Insurance as well as Disability Insurance. The trustees who run the Trust Funds predict there will be no money left in the Trust Funds by 2036, a year sooner than last year’s predictions.   The situation is even worse for the Disability Insurance funds. The trustees foresee these funds running out in 2018, forcing Congress to take action to ensure SSDI’s viability. A Tulsa Social Security disability lawyer can provide more information on the future of disability benefits.   Last year, the costs pertaining to all Social Security programs exceeded the income that the programs took in. In other words, the money going out exceeded the money coming in as of 2010, and this situation will continue for as…
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Compassionate Allowances Lead to Quicker SSDI Benefits

The Social Security Administration uses the term “compassionate allowances” for a group of medical conditions that qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits at a quicker than normal pace. These conditions, the SSA determined, are so serious that the government needs to provide benefits to such sufferers as soon as medical information establishes the existence of the qualified medical condition. SSA began the compassionate allowances program in October of 2008, and a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney can provide assistance when considering applying for the program. SSA recently held its seventh compassionate allowances public hearing. Each hearing’s aim is to gather medical experts in order to determine any additions to the list of medical conditions that qualify for the fast-tracked Social Security benefits. There are currently 88 conditions that qualify under the compassionate allowances program, with the list expected to grow to 100 by the end of the year. Qualifying…
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