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My Broward County Doctor Diagnosed Me With Kidney Failure. I Am Realizing Its Just Too Hard To Keep Up With The Demands Of My Job. How Do I Know When Its Time To Stop Working? Am I Eligible For Social Security Benefits For Kidney Failure?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

A: The pace and progression of kidney failure symptoms are unique and unpredictable for every patient. It is likely that either you had previous risk factors which lead to your condition, or that you have developed secondary health complications as a result of your kidney’s dysfunction. Kidney failure, whether acute or chronic, often involves… Read More »

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My Blood Disorder Doesn’t Necessarily Fit The Listing Requirement That Social Security Has In Place. Does That Mean That I May Not Qualify For Disability Benefits?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

A: It is true that when you file an application for disability benefits in Florida that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will assign a claims examiner to your file to review it and determine if your impairment meets the Listing of Impairments in their blue book. There is a section in this manual dedicated… Read More »

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Qualifying For Social Security Disability With Psychological Problems?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

Question: One of my employees is having severe emotional problems that are interfering with his ability to do his job and get along with others. He told me he doesn’t think he can keep his job, based on his severe depression. Can people with psychological problems really qualify for Social Security disability benefits? Answer:… Read More »

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My Husband Was Diagnosed With Chronic Heart Failure In South Florida By His Cardiologist. Is It True He Can Receive Social Security Benefits?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

A: Your husband being diagnosed with Chronic Heart Failure is one thing. Receiving those benefits is another. Here’s what you need to know about eligibility. How Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) Patients in South Florida May Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits: Good News! You do not need to have fluid retention at the time… Read More »

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When My Sister Was Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Years Ago, She Came To Live With Us. Her Symptoms Are Worsening, And She Can No Longer Keep A Job. My Husband Says We Can No Longer Afford To Pay For All Of Her Expenses. Do You Know If I Can Help Her Apply For Any Sort Of Social Security Benefits?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

Caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia can be extremely taxing, both emotionally and financially. Even a high functioning schizophrenic person typically experiences bouts of hearing voices, thinking that everyone is out to get them, and a complete inability to behave appropriately in social and work environments. Qualifying for Social… Read More »

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When Does Anxiety Become Considered A Medical Disorder? My Husband Has Been A Worrier His Whole Life. Since His Recent Heart Attack On The Job Many Years Ago, He’s Been Having “Panic Attacks”. It’s Gotten So Extreme, I’m Wondering If He Might Have An Actual Anxiety Disorder.

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

Anxiety Disorder differs from normal bouts with worry and nervousness. It may spring up with no apparent cause and may not go away that easily. Almost 20% of South Floridian adults have been medically diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder. If your husband is having panic attacks, he should be evaluated for a more specific type… Read More »

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A Couple Of Years Ago I Was Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia. It Seems To Be Getting Worse. Some Days The Pain Is So Excruciating That I Can Hardly Get Out Of Bed. I Am Missing More And More Work Because Of The Pain And Fatigue. Am I Eligible For Disability Benefits?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

Yes, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits for fibromyalgia in Florida provided you have the proper documentation to submit to the Social Security Administration regarding your condition. One of the requirements is that you have had fibromyalgia for at least three months. When your application for disability benefits is submitted, you will… Read More »

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How Do I Apply For Social Security Benefits For My High Blood Pressure?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

You can apply for Florida Social Security disability benefits for your high blood pressure on your own by going online at www.ssa.gov or by calling your local Social Security Administration office, via telephone at (800) 772-1213. After you fill out a disability application, you will be notified via the mail of your claim number… Read More »

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How Does Someone Qualify For Florida Social Security Benefits Due To Hearing Loss?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

Question: My husband’s hearing has gotten so bad, he’s practically deaf. He’s not of retirement age yet, and we need his income to get by. Do you know if he could qualify for Social Security benefits for his hearing loss? Answer: Some people appear to be harder of hearing than they truly are. That… Read More »

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Eligibility For Social Security Disability Benefits In Florida

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

Question: Is there a way to know if I am eligible for social security disability benefits in Florida? Answer: In order to file a Social Security benefit claim in Florida, a person must have been seriously injured and be disabled for one year or more, or have an illness that may result in death… Read More »

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