Good News from the Social Security Administration:
There’s been a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits in 2015! The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
More good news! There will be no increase in the standard Medicare Part B monthly premium for 2015!
Learn more at http://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/costs-at-a-glance/costs-at-glance.html
We have had clients that have been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. What is CRPS?
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition most often affecting one of the limbs (arms, legs, hands, or feet), usually after an injury or trauma to that limb. CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems. The central nervous system is composed of the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system involves nerve signaling from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. CRPS is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and mild or dramatic changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling in the affected area. (Source)
Here is a video further explaining CRPS and the effects on the people that suffer from the same.
While CRPS is not a listing in and of itself with Social Security, it can cause significant limitations to your ability to work.
Here is a link to a 2003 Social Security Ruling about CRPS. Generally, persons suffering from CRPS will have an emotional component to their case, as these debilitating diseases often cause depression as well.
As always, please contact an attorney for legal advice or with any questions you may have about applying for disability. This post is not intended to be legal advice