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If you cannot work due to HIV or AIDS, you may be eligible for disability benefits. Like other disabilities, the evaluation will depend on whether your disability will last at least a year or end in death, and prevent you from engaging in substantial gainful work. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is also available if your child has HIV or AIDS, depending on the same household income threshold as other SSI claim.

It is recommended that you hire a legal representative as early as you can in the claim process, in order to help prepare for the initial filing/appeals and to ensure that all important information is correctly provided.

No, a claimant can represent himself through the entire process. However, legal representation is strongly recommended. The application and appeals process can be complicated and overwhelming, and often involves precise legal definitions and inquiries that must be responded to appropriately. Additionally, claimants with experienced counsel win much more often than unrepresented claimants.

A large number of claims are denied due to a lack of proof in individual medical records that shows the degree and consistency of the disabling medical conditions. It is important to remember that only your doctor’s medical charts and records, and not the doctor himself, will be present when Social Security makes its determination. As such, medical records must be extensive and detailed enough to overcome any medical inquiries conducted by Social Security.

Unfortunately, doctors are often not trained to routinely record such extensive information, so medical records frequently lack credible documentation or a showing of regular medical treatment.

Unfortunately yes. Most claims are denied on initial review, and around 90% of those denied claims are then denied again on Reconsideration (the second stage of review).

But don’t be deterred! Most appealed claims with legal representation at the Hearing (the third stage of review) are ultimately approved. Be persistent!

Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs, both in adults and children. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children. Asthma causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. In most cases, the medical profession does not know what causes asthma, or how to cure it. It is known that if someone in your family has asthma, you are also more likely to have it.

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