I thought this was good information for Florence disability clients as well as those older than 62:

The PASS 62 allows senior citizens, 62 years of age and over, as well as totally disabled persons, to attend district athletic, choral, and drama events (except the Football Jamboree, post-season play, and fundraisers) free of charge. It also provides the cardholder the opportunity to eat lunch at the elementary school in cardholder’s attendance zone for the current adult lunch price. The PASS 62 is non-transferable, and does not expire.

More information here.

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Disability for Migraine Sufferers

by admin on July 22, 2015

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As a person that suffers from chronic migraines, I understand all too well how disabling this can be. However, it is not easy to get disability based on migraines alone. Frequently claimants have chronic headaches, which is not the same as migraines. If you are able to take over the counter medicine and have a headache resolve, it is unlikely it reaches the severity of an actual migraine.

There is not a listing for migraines in the SSA rules. The ALJ would have to look at your residual functional capacity, your medical records, and consider your testimony in making a decision. Further, a Q and A by Social Security states “Under our general policy, you cannot establish the existence of any MDI (Medically Determinable Impairment) based solely on a diagnosis in the evidence or on a claimant’s reported symptoms. There must be clinical signs or laboratory findings to support the finding. A diagnosis of migraine headaches requires a detailed description from a physician of a typical headache event (intense headache with more than moderate pain and with associated migraine characteristics and phenomena) that includes a description of all associated phenomena; for example, premonitory symptoms, aura, duration, intensity, accompanying symptoms, and effects of treatment.”

Certain things the ALJ will be looking for:

— Emergency room or urgent care visits for migraines that won’t respond to recovery medicines (generally triptan medicines)
— CT Scans or EEG
— preventative meds such as topomax, elavil, depakote, etc.
— headache journal documenting the days you would be unable to work from symptoms or occurences, as well as the time you would be considered “Off task”
— a pattern of headache events

Listing 11.03 for non-convulsive epilepsy is somewhat instructive in how the ALJ will review your migraines. In this Listing it states: 1) Documented by detailed description of a typical headache event pattern 2) Including all associated phenomena (ie: permonitroy symptoms, aura, duration, intensity, accompanying symptoms, treatment. 3) occurring more than once weekly and 4) with alteration of awareness and 5) significant interference with activity during the day (ie: need for darkened room, lying down without moving, sleep disturbance that impacts daily activities)

I see many claimants that claim that a pain medication that is for their back or other body part is also being used for their headaches. Narcotics are generally not the first line of defense for migraines, a whole other class of drugs are used. Should you wish to hire me as your attorney, I will review your treatment and medical history to see if it accurately depicts migraines.

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Hearing Wait Times

May 12, 2015

Here is a link to the average wait time for a Social Security Hearing. Keep in mind these times are calculated from the day you ask for a hearing- not the day you first apply for benefits. Requesting a hearing happens after you apply the first time, wait, then if denied you request reconsideration, wait, […]

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What PTSD Really Looks Like

March 18, 2015

This photo series about what PTSD Really Looks Like to our veterans… is haunting and heartbreaking. We must do better for those that serve and protect us.

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Resources when you are applying for Disability

March 4, 2015

Many of our clients in Florence and the surrounding areas struggle while they wait for a disability hearing. I talked about this in a prior post titled “SC needs more free and reduced medical clinics.” As a follow up, Dillon, SC now HAS a free medical clinic that has greatly benefited our clients! Hope Health […]

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SC Disability Law Facebook Page

February 13, 2015

Please “Like” our facebook page! We also have a website with even more resources!

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How to Apply for Social Security Disability in South Carolina

February 12, 2015

We meet with many people before they even apply for disability. They have questions about quitting work, the time they will be without income, and how the process works. I am always happy to sit down and discuss the details– even if you have not yet applied for disability. When it is time to apply […]

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Proving Epilepsy

February 10, 2015

We seem to have more than a few clients that suffer from epilepsy. Social Security has two listings that define how epilepsy can be disabling. ONE 11.02 Epilepsy – convulsive epilepsy, (grand mal or psychomotor), documented by detailed description of a typical seizure pattern, including all associated phenomena; occurring more frequently than once a month, […]

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January 6, 2015

That is how many cases behind the Social Security Administration is behind according to this article in the Washington Post. I often have clients that NEED their case moved faster. I WANT to move cases faster– I would be happy to move them faster. Unfortunately, there is little that we can do to make this […]

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Good News about a Cost of Living Increase

October 24, 2014

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 […]

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