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  • Is Your Chronic Coughing Due to Bronchiectasis? You May Qualify for Disability Benefits.

    Related Links:Collecting SSDI Benefits for Chronic or Disabling Respiratory ProblemsChronic Asthma Attacks May Qualify You for Social Security DisabilityCystic Fibrosis Sufferers Are Fast-Tracked for SSDI BenefitsYou’re constantly prevented from doing things because of a cough that won’t go away. You’ve been in and out of hospitals for as long as you can remember, and you can hardly take a breath ...

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  • Chronic Asthma Attacks May Qualify You for Social Security Disability

    Related Links:How to Collect SSDI Benefits for Disabling Respiratory ProblemsSevere Sleep Apnea Sufferers May Qualify For SSDIDisability for Chronic Breathing Problems Caused by COPDYou know that people are able to get disability payments for serious bodily injuries—a car accident that causes paralysis or an illness that affects a patient’s brain. But what if you are constantly at risk of choking ...

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  • We Are Moving To Better Serve You

    At Cuddigan Law we are pleased to announce that we are moving our offices and, in a way, going back home. To accommodate our growing practice of Social Security and VA disability law we are rejoining our old partners at the Brodkey, Peebles, Belmont & Line LLP law firm. This move will give us access to more resources to support our clients in their efforts to obtain the disability benefits they ha...

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  • Trump's Budget Director Paints a Target on Social Security Disability

     During the heated 2016 presidential campaign candidate Donald Trump pledged that he would leave Social Security alone; that he would ensure that seniors and disabled Americans get the benefits they have earned despite projected future shortfalls in the Social Security Trust Fund. He positioned himself as the only candidate to make such a promise. However, now it seems that cuts to the Social Secu...

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  • Backlog of VA Disability Claims is Climbing...Again

    Since last November there has been a 30,000-case increase in the backlog of VA disability claims, says the Military Times. After VA critics and Congress focused their attention on the backlog problem, the number of first time cases that took more than four months to process dropped from a high of 610,000 cases in early 2013 to about 70,000 cases in October 2015 where it stabilized for about a year...

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  • Veterans Special Monthly Compensation: Understanding Aid and Attendance

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits for military personnel wounded during service and can prove a service-connected injury or condition. But the VA also offers additional financial support for veterans who suffer catastrophic injuries that create significant disabling circumstances. To help veterans who have specialized needs due to severe service injuries, the VA makes ...

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  • How to Prepare for Your Disability Hearing

    More than two out of three initial applications for Social Security Disability benefits are denied.  But you can appeal and request a hearing.  This is your best chance to present your claim because you get to make your case in person.   The hearing is the most important part of your disability claim, so being thoroughly prepared is critical. \n\n This is where an attorney can really help you.  At...

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  • Why Hire a Local Attorney to Represent You for Your Claim

    Hiring a local attorney to represent you for your disability claim just makes good sense. \n\n If you hire a lawyer from out of town or out of state, you may not meet that person until they fly in the day of your hearing.  Social Security rules do not require that your representative be an attorney so it is possible that it may not even be an attorney who flies in to represent you.  It could be ju...

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  • If You're Disabled, You Can Erase Your Student Loan Debt

    When you were in school you had high hopes for the future. To get your degree you may have taken out some hefty loans with plans to make enough money to pay them back. But what if you have been seriously injured in an accident or you suffered a debilitating disease or mental illness and are no longer able to work? How can you pay back a student loan with only a modest disability check?If this is y...

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  • Are Your Disability Benefits Secure? What You Need to Know Now About CDRs

     After navigating the long, complicated and difficult application and review process to quality for Social Security Disability Benefits, you might feel like you’ve been "run through the wringer." But at least can rely on those benefits for the long haul, right? Well, maybe not. If you are receiving disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required by law to conduct periodic...

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  • Question of the Month: Why do I have to wait for Social Security disability payments?

    While it may seem arbitrary, the law says that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be paid only after you have been disabled continuously throughout a period of five full calendar months. SSDI benefits begin with the sixth full month after the date when you were unable to work due to your disability as established by the Social Security Administration. This is called the “onset date”. ...

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  • Comfort Food: Crockpot Beef

    This month I have a recipe for you that is as easy as it is delicious.  I think your family will love it. Our family does.Crockpot Beef3 pounds round steak, trimmed and cubed2 cans mushroom soup, golden 1 cup carrots, baby3 large potatoes, peeled and cut salt, to tasteLawry's seasoning salt, to taste pepper, to tasteSeven hours before dinner: Cut meat into bite size pieces and season to taste. Pou...

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  • How “Service Connection” Can Affect VA disability Benefits

    To be eligible for veteran disability benefits you need to show that your disabling condition is connected to your military service. This is called “direct service connection.” You have this connection if an event that took place during your service caused the injury or illness you suffer from now. \n\n There are three different types of direct service connection--Aggravated Service Connection, Pr...

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  • Cut Your Tax Bill: Strategies for Disabled Americans

    It seems that taxes confused even one of the brainiest guys in history—Albert Einstein—who famously said: “The hardest thing in the world to understand is taxes.” The American income tax system is complex and confusing, but here are some basic guidelines to help you understand how your disability payments are taxed and some ideas on how to reduce your tax liability.H&R Block, the national tax prep...

  • Question of the Month: Is it Okay to "Fudge" My Income to Get a Refund?

    I have applied for disability. Is it okay to “fudge” my income to get a refund on my taxes?It is tragic, but all too often those who apply for disability find themselves in tough financial situations. Sometimes they are desperate and are tempted to report “phantom income” on their income tax filings in order to get a refund check, often in the form of an Earned Income Tax credit. (EITC is a tax be...

  • White House Hiring Freeze Hurts Vets

    During the contentious 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump pledged he would do everything he could to support America’s veterans and he sharply criticized the Obama administration for failures within the Department of Veterans Affairs. As reported in the New Republic he told the Retired American Warriors PAC last October: “You’re amazing people, great people. Our veterans, in many cases, a...

  • Comfort Food From the Kitchen of Janet Cuddigan: Amazing Surprise Pie

    One of the best ways I have found to beat the winter blahs is with some easy-to-make and easier-to-eat comfort food.I think you’ll love this delicious and fun treat that you can make with your kids.Amazing Surprise Pie2 cups milk¾ cup sugar½ cup Bisquick® baking mix4 eggs ¼ cup margarine1 ½ teaspoons vanillaDash cinnamon1 cup coconut flakesPlace all ingredients except coconut in a blender.  Blend ...

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  • VA Benefits for Traumatic Brain Injury

    It is a sobering statistic.  More than 20 percent of U.S. troops wounded in battle sustained a traumatic brain injury.  A TBI is caused by a sudden blow to the head which causes damage to the brain and often is accompanied by bleeding inside the head or swelling of the brain.  If you have suffered a TBI you may feel confused and disoriented, or you may even go into a coma. You might also lose your...

  • Tips for Your VA Compensation and Pension Exam

    Any doctor appointment can be stressful. But reporting for a Compensation and Pension exam as part of the evaluation process to receive disability benefits from the VA can be especially nerve-wracking. It is actually the step in the claims process that creates the highest level of anxiety in veterans. Knowing what to expect and following some simple tips can help make the exam less stressful and m...

  • Will a DBQ speed up settlement of my VA disability claim?

    A Disability Benefits Questionnaire or DBQ is a form the VA uses as part of their evaluation process for VA disability benefits. Using this form allows veterans to visit a primary care provider for their medical evaluation as an alternative to a Compensation and Pension Exam at a VA clinic or facility. Sometimes, if the veteran submits this information early in the claims process they can complete...

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis and Social Security Disability

     Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a particularly debilitating and painful form of arthritis. According to a USA Today report, one in three Americans suffers from arthritis and it is a leading cause of disability because for many of those with the disease, their symptoms make it impossible to hold a job. AS is an inflammatory disease that can cause some of the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together...

  • A Worthwhile New Year's Resolution: Check Your Social Security Statement

     It’s a new year and a new beginning, so resolve to do yourself and your family a favor by checking your Social Security Statement.  It’s a quick and easy process and it’s all online.“The Statement has important Social Security information and, if applicable, estimates of your future benefits,” according to the Social Security Administration (SSA).  “If you are working, we encourage you to check y...

  • Will Trump Waver on Social Security?

    During the 2016 Presidential campaign surprisingly little was said about Social Security even though the program is critically important to American seniors and disabled workers. USA Today reports that “based on the most recent data released from the Social Security Administration, more than 60% of seniors currently receiving Social Security rely on their benefit for at least half of their monthly...

  • Comfort Food: Magic Cookie Bars. From the kitchen of Janet Cuddigan

     There’s nothing like homemade treats to put smiles on your children’s faces.  We think they’ll like this “magic” treat.Magic Cookie Bars1/2 cup butter or margarine1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, Eagle Brand by Borden 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips1 1/3 cups coconut flakes1 cup chopped nutsPreheat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for glass or Pyrex dish). In...

  • Question of the Month: Can I Work and Collect Disability?

     This is a question we hear all the time at our office. The answer is (as it often is with matters concerning the Social Security Administration) it depends and it’s complicated. But let’s try to uncomplicate this situation and lay out some guidelines.Generally, you cannot draw Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if you are engaged in “substan...

  • Housing Help for Vets

     Most vets are aware of VA guaranteed home loans that make it easier for those who have served to buy a home, but there are several other programs that many veterans don’t know about—at both the federal and state levels—that offer other kinds of housing help. If you qualify for any of these programs, they may save you thousands of dollars. Here is a rundown of available help ranging from property ...

  • Social Security Turned Down My Disability Application, What Should I Do?

     As every American who has ever worked knows, taxes are taken out of every paycheck. Part of those taxes pay for Social Security benefits, including disability insurance. The way the system is supposed to work is that if you suffer a long-term disability which prevents you from working, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is there for you as a financial “safety net”. Unfortunately the ...

  • Disability Benefits for Schizoaffective Disorder and Other Mental Illnesses

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental health disorders account for many disabilities in the U.S., including clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia. Additionally, nearly 10 percent of adults over 18 in the U.S. will suffer from a depressive illness every year. And while women are almost twice more likely to suffer from major d...

  • Facts You Need to Know About Schizoaffective Disorder and Social Security Eligibility

    Mental illness, unfortunately is often accompanied by stigma and many people still believe mental disorders happen to other people and aren't often prepared when a family member suffers from one. However, it’s estimated that over 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from some type of mental disorder every year. A mental illness is a disease that, due to confusion and disruption in a person’s thoug...

  • The VA Proposes Changes to Camp Lejeune Disability Claims

    For many years, advocates for veterans assigned to Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 have fought a tough battle to prove an association between the contaminated water at the camp and the serious medical conditions suffered by soldiers and their family members. This connection is important for the nearly one million residents of the camp to help them qualify for disability benefits from the United...

  • New VA and Social Security Partnership Promises Faster Disability Decisions for Vets

    Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a new system that electronically links VA facilities with all Social Security disability case processing sites.   What this will mean for disabled veterans is that SSA is now able to receive their medical records electronically and, according to a SSA press release, “veterans will receive faster decision(s) on their Social Secu...

  • Question of the Month: What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

    There are two kinds of disability payments under Social Security law: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are disabled and if you worked long enough and recently enough, and paid into Social Security through FICA tax withholdings from your paycheck (or contributions if self-employed).  To qualify for SSDI you must have accumula...

  • Comfort Food: Jello Rainbow Cake

     From the kitchen of Janet CuddiganHere’s a festive dessert that’s just perfect for the coming holidays. It’s one of our family’s favorites and it’s sure to be a favorite with your family, too.  (Plus, it’s easy to make.)Jello Rainbow Cake1 white cake mix2 packages Jello, 3 oz. each, any 2 flavors2 cups boiling water8 ounces Cool WhipPrepare cake mix according to package directions. Bake in 2 roun...

  • Social Security Benefits Higher in 2017, But Not By Much

     Your Social Security check next year will grow by a puny .03 percent—which means the average Social Security benefit starting in January will be $1,360 a month, about $5 more than it is now, according to the Social Security Administration. That will be about enough to buy one of the drinks at your local coffee shop.  But, as noted by a Reuters reporter, “the entire increase likely will go to stra...

  • How the Water at Camp Lejeune Was Contaminated

    Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is the second largest Marine Corps base in the U.S. after Camp Pendleton in California, and it's the largest base east of the Mississippi River. Built at the mouth of the New River in 1941, it encompasses 240 square miles and was considered a perfect place to train for amphibious assaults—a type of warfare that uses naval ships to provide support to ground forces.Bet...

  • Inconsistent Statements and Medical Treatment Can Destroy Your Disability Claim

      Inconsistent Statements and Medical Treatment Can Destroy Your Disability ClaimThis should be a surprise to no one: a successful disability benefits hearing outcome depends on you and whether or not the Administrative Law Judge, who will preside at your hearing, truly believes you cannot work due to a disability. Your attorney will apply all of their skill to fully develop your case, to present ...

  • VA Doctors Alarmed with Plan to Outsource Disability Exams

       VA Doctors Alarmed with Plan to Outsource Disability ExamsA new initiative to reduce the burgeoning backlog of VA disability cases is raising eyebrows at VA hospitals and clinics. Last month, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it plans to outsource more disability exams to private contractors.  The hope is that these exams, which are essential to the awarding of benefits for veterans ...

  • 5 Things You Can Do To Stop Health Care Costs from Eating Up Your Social Security Check

    5 Things You Can Do To Stop Health Care Costs from Eating Up Your Social Security Check It’s a startling fact: out-of-pocket health care costs consume more than one-third of the average Social Security benefit payments received by seniors and disabled Americans. According to data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “Beneficiary spending on Medicare premiums, deductibles, co-pays, a...

  • Comfort Food: Nacho Jack O'Lantern Cheese Ball

    Comfort FoodFrom the kitchen of Janet CuddiganHere is a “spook-tacular” recipe for a delicious Halloween treat that is easy to make and devilish good to eat.Nacho Jack O’Lantern Cheese BallIngredients•    Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature•    1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar•    3 tablespoons minced onions•    2 tablespoons of your favorite salsa •    2 teaspoons ground cumin•    1...

  • Comfort Food: Nanaw Gilbert's Potato Dumplings

     From the kitchen of Janet CuddiganNo matter where you go in the world from Asia to Europe; from the Mideast to South America, you’ll find dumplings served at family meals, but I think these are the best dumplings you’ll ever eat.Give them a try.Nanaw Gilbert’s Potato Dumplings1 large egg1 teaspoon salt3/4 cup flour1 1/2 cups potatoes, peeled, boiled and ricedBeat egg and salt. Add riced potatoes ...

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