Social Security has added the following new medical conditions to its Compassionate Allowance list: 
  • Fibrolamellar Cancer
  • Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome
  • Megalencephaly-Capillary Malformation Syndrome
  • Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous System
  • Tetrasomy 18p
These are extremely rare disorders.  I have only represented individuals with one disorder that shows up on the Compassionate Allowance list.  That disorder is ALS, also knows as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
One suspicious SSA poster observed that Social Security seems to adds to the compassionate allowance list when they’ve got a Congressional hearing coming up and they want to show how *compassionate* they are, however,  it doesn’t seem that there are any upcoming  Congressional hearings.

From NBC in Philadelphia:

Good news for those who are collecting Social Security: Your monthly checks likely will be bigger next year.

The Social Security Administration generally announces its cost-of-living adjustment in October.

The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan organization, keeps an ongoing estimate of what that increase could be. The latest estimate — excluding September — pegs that increase at 2.8 percent. For those collecting the average Social Security benefit of about $1,400, that would mean an extra $39 a month.

If that does not change between now and October, that will be the highest bump retirees have seen in recent years.

Postive Feedback

September 12, 2018

Many thanks to my clients who have recently posted positive reviews on Avvo, Google Business, and the Yellow Pages sites.  It is very gratifying to work to help people and have them express their appreciation for me.

I am grateful for each one of you.

Recent Case

September 5, 2018

In 2016, a nice man named Tom came to see me.  Tom was a younger man – in his 40s – with severe foot issues that were related to his diabetes.  The bones in his foot had begun to collapse.  I helped him file an application for Social Security benefits.  Almost immediately, SSA agreed that he was disabled as of June 2016, but it took years to get a hearing on the issue of whether he was disabled prior to June 2015.  Because he had been having problems, he hadn’t had much money and security medical care in 2015 had been difficult.

At the hearing, a very nice judge listened to what had happened and together we agreed that I should contact his current physician and ask him to explain the current nature of his problem and provide an opinion as to his level of functioning prior to 2015.  The physician was able to explain that the foot problems were progressive and given the level of abnormalities in 2018, he was more likely than not very limited in 2015.  The judge accepted the doctor’s opinion and Tom was awarded retroactive benefits amounting to over $10,000.00.  These are benefits he paid for via his Social Security taxes.  He also became eligible for Medicare.

The case is interested for several reasons:

  1. Judges often try to work AGAINST attorneys instead of with them.  They will try to find a way to discredit a doctor instead of believing their opinions.
  2. Tom was so grateful–he couldn’t believe he got TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.  So many people are disappointed in the sum they receive, not realizing that Social Security benefits are more of a safety net than a way to support yourself the way you did when earning an income.

In all fairness, I should tell you that Tom is one of my and Tiffany’s all time favorite clients.  Tom loves comic books and he gave us the best compliment ever, which is an email telling us that we are his AVENGERS!

I think the judge was an AVENGER as well.

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