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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) An Important Message

Posted March 18, 2020 by Premier Disability Services, LLC®

We want to extend our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID 19 (Coronavirus). At Premier Disability Services, LLC, the health and well-being of our clients and our team members is our highest priority.

 

Premier Disability Services is asking several of our employees to take every precaution to avoid the further spread of COVID 19. We are asking several employees to work from home when possible, and require employees to self-quarantine for at least 14 days if they show any symptoms of illness. These circumstances may lead to more extended call wait times, and we would like to thank you for your patience in advance. If you need to get a hold of our office, and your inquiry can wait, we ask that you send an email to: customercare@premierdisability.com.

 

We hope you and your family stay healthy and safe during this difficult time. We will continue to keep you informed as the situation evolves.

 

Thomas A. Klint

President & CEO

Premier Disability Services, LLC

Social Security Disability for Respiratory Illness

Posted March 13, 2020 by Premier Disability Services, LLC®

Breathing problems are a common reason for people to apply for disability benefits. Respiratory disorders that prevent proper lung function include COPD illnesses such as bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema; infections like tuberculosis and pneumonia; hereditary diseases like cystic fibrosis; sleep-related disorders like sleep apnea; and cancers, like lung cancer and mesothelioma. For most of these disorders, the SSA awards disability based on the results of breathing tests. For episodic disorders like asthma and recurrent infections, the SSA will look at how frequently you have episodes that require medical care.

Respiratory disorders may be evaluated under the 3.00 category of Adult Listings: https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/3.00-Respiratory-Adult.htm

Even if your condition does not meet the criteria for disability benefits under the Blue Book guidelines, you could still qualify under the medical-vocational allowance. The medical-vocational allowance is a series of guidelines that will determine whether you are able to work based on your condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider your age, educational background, work experience and work history, along with your residual function capacity (RFC) to determine whether you can perform the demands of your job. Your RFC establishes the maximum amount of work you can do given the limitations of your condition.

The SSA will also consider the “non-exertional” demands of work (mental, postural, manipulative, visual, communicative, and environmental) and exertional demands of work (walking, standing, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling) to determine whether you could perform work, either under modifications for your condition or in a different position entirely. If you are found to be unable to work under the medical-vocational allowance, you could qualify for disability benefits.

Contact our office today if you or anyone you know would like to learn more about qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits.

By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®

March is National Kidney Month

Posted March 6, 2020 by Premier Disability Services, LLC®

March is National Kidney Month! This year’s focus is the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease. Kidney disease develops when kidneys lose their ability to remove waste and maintain fluid and chemical balances in the body. The severity of chronic kidney disease (CKD) depends on how well the kidneys filter waste from the blood. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney disease. Because there are little to no signs of the condition, most people are not even aware that they have kidney disease until it reaches the later stages, including kidney failure.

Since there are often no symptoms of early kidney disease, laboratory tests are critical. When you get a screening, a technician will draw blood that will be tested for creatinine, a waste product. If kidney function is abnormal, creatinine levels will increase in the blood due to decreased excretion of creatinine in the urine. Your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) will then be calculated, which factors in your age, gender, creatinine, and ethnicity. Your GFR indicates your stage of chronic kidney disease and provides an evaluation of kidney function.

End stage renal disease patients have two treatment options. Dialysis is a treatment that removes wastes and excess fluid from blood when the kidneys are not able to do it on their own. Typically, it is necessary upon development of kidney failure. There are over 380,000 people in the United States who depend on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis (PD) treatments to stay alive. The only other treatment option for people with end stage renal disease is a kidney transplant.

If you suffer from kidney disease, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if you meet the criteria under one of Social Security’s listings for genitourinary disorders (6.00), or if your condition otherwise prevents you from working. Please contact us for a free evaluation of your case.

Contact our office today if you or anyone you know would like to learn more about qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits.

Learn more here: https://www.davita.com/education/kidney-disease/risk-factors/march-is-national-kidney-month ; https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/about-chronic-kidney-disease

Adult Listing 6.00: https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/6.00-Genitourinary-Adult.htm

By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®