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SSA data shows decline in the number of Americans on disability

If you were to examine the number of Americans who have received Social Security disability benefits over the years, it's likely that you would start to notice a distinct trend: when the nation is experiencing troubled economic times, the number of people on the disability rolls increases, and when our nation is experiencing sustained growth, the number of people on the disability rolls decreases.

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Words can't describe how unnerving and frightening it can be to be diagnosed with a medical condition that will someday leave you incapacitated, or worse, prove to be terminal.

While you will do your best to put on a brave face and go back to work as if nothing is wrong, the reality is that you will undoubtedly experience anxiety about how you will be able to provide for your family when employment is simply no longer possible. 

SSA considers changing rules about SSDI for non-English speakers

Anyone who has applied for Social Security Disability Insurance in Texas knows how difficult the application process is. There are seemingly endless documents that you must supply in order to prove that you not only have a disability, but that your disability prevents you from working. Even when you supply this information, the Social Security Administration can decide that you are not disabled to the point that you cannot work and deny you benefits.

Under current SSDI rules, an applicant may be considered disabled if he or she does not speak English fluently. The justification for this rule is that it is much harder to obtain work in the U.S. when you cannot speak the primary language. While this may make sense for people living in Dallas and other parts of the U.S., a recent audit of the SSDI program found that many people living in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico were qualifying for federal disability benefits because they could not speak English.

Study explores need for more psych tests in disability determinations

The Institute of Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization started back in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, recently published the results of a study sponsored by the Social Security Administration designed to assess the value of increased psychological testing in disability determinations.

While the SSA recognizes that psychological testing can be valuable, it does not mandate it in those cases involving applicants who suffer from mental disorders outside of intellectual disability. Furthermore, while applicants can submit validity tests -- used in conjunction with cognitive and non-cognitive psychological tests to help measure the accuracy of an individual's test scores -- the agency cannot currently order them as a supplement to a case record.

CDC report: Hypertension-related deaths jump over 60 percent

It's almost inevitable that immediately prior to any doctor appointment that you will hear the sound of the Velcro tearing on a blood pressure cuff. That's because medical professionals want to be aware if you are suffering from high blood pressure, or hypertension, as this can affect not only any treatment they might provide, but also your general health.

Indeed, hypertension has long been linked to an elevated risk of both heart disease -- identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the leading cause of death in the U.S. -- and stroke.

There are many SSD law firms in Dallas: How do we stand out?

The prior post in our Dallas Social Security Disability law blog celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the contributions made by a fellow Texan.

At Reyes & Reyes Law Firm, PLLC, we are honored to be able to represent the interests of people in Texas and across the country who live with a disability that prevents them from working. We help them obtain benefits under the Social Security Disability Income and Supplemental Security Income programs, but we do so with genuine care and respect.

The ADA celebrates its 25th anniversary this year

It has been 25 years since the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. It is a landmark piece of legislation that protects the civil rights of people with a disability, approximately three million of which live right here in the Lone Star State.

Lex Frieden is one of those people. He was a major influence in the drafting and passing of the ADA, but his advocacy started long before that. Paralyzed in a car accident in 1967, he has been living in a wheelchair for nearly five decades. In an interview with The Texas Tribune, he talked about how the world was a different place when he suffered his injuries.

Study: Down syndrome may cause faster aging

Down syndrome is a qualifying condition for Supplemental Security Income. Although most people are familiar with Down syndrome, there is much left to learn about its effects on those who live with it. A recent study published in the journal Aging Cell last month is helping to bring us closer to understanding how it affects the lives of many people in Dallas.

The study found that people with Down syndrome age at more rapid pace than people who develop at a typical rate. The information they collected during this study is important to the Down syndrome community because the current average life span of someone who lives with Down syndrome is just 60 years.

Do you have to pay taxes on your SSD benefits?

Tax returns are due in just a few short weeks. As April 15 approaches, many people in Dallas who receive Social Security disability benefits may be wondering what exactly their tax obligations are. In today's post, we will help you better understand whether you might have to pay taxes on your SSD benefits.

Clarifying a common misconception about osteoporosis

While all of us would like to think that we are invincible, the truth -- however hard it might be to accept -- is that our bodies will break down as we age, making us more susceptible to certain debilitating medical conditions.

For example, consider that while bone density typically reaches its peak levels during a person's 20s, it typically starts to decline thereafter, such that the rate of deterioration eventually outpaces the rate at which new bone is created. 

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