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Crohn's Disease

Crohn's Disease is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the digestive tract; that is, anywhere from the mouth to the anus. Crohn's causes severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. Some people with Crohn's also experience rectal bleeding, weight loss, fever, arthritis, and skin problems. What causes Crohn's is not exactly known, rather, there are many theories. There is no definitive cure for Crohn's, however, treatment is aimed at controlling the symptoms and their effects. Attorney-nurse, Karen L. Levian, has obtained Social Security disability benefits for many people with Crohn's disease.

Under Social Security Administration (SSA) regulation "disability" is defined as a disease or condition which has lasted, or is expected to last at least twelve months, or result in death, and which makes you unable to do your past work, and any other job in the national economy. It is very important when making a claim for Social Security disability benefits to have documentation, that is, medical records to prove the existence of your condition. It is also very important to obtain regular treatment for your condition. If you do not have insurance get yourself to a free clinic.

Social Security disability benefits are increasingly difficult to obtain. Currently, the national average for judges awarding Social Security disability benefits is 50%, that is, on average one out of two claims is awarded. Depending on the judge who hears your claim, your chances could be slightly higher, or significantly lower. Recently, attorney-nurse, Karen L. Levian, spent the day in hearings in Cambridge, Maryland. Social Security disability hearings in Cambridge, Maryland are covered by judges from Charlottesville, Virginia. These judges do not appear in person in Cambridge, Maryland, but rather conduct hearings via video (appears on large television screen) conference from Charlottesville. Neither you or your attorney may choose your hearing judge. The judge from Charlottesville, Virginia who conducted the claims mentioned above has ONLY an 18% award rate. That means this judge awards less than one out of five claims.

If you have Crohn's disease, you can increase your chance of winning your claim for Social Security disability benefits by having an attorney who is also a nurse. You need someone to present your medical condition in a legal framework. An attorney who is also a nurse is uniquely qualified to do this for you. A nurse is trained to read and understand your medical records. A nurse-lawyer can translate your medical records into the legal language necessary to present to a judge in such a way as to maximize your chances of obtaining Social Security disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration has medical experts review you medical records and provide opinions for the SSA which more times than not will deny your claim, prior to it reaching the hearing level of the application process. At the hearing many judges use the opinion of the SSA medical expert to deny a claim for disability benefits. When you have a nurse-attorney represent you in your claim for Social Security disability benefits, you have your own medical team. With your own medical team you have a better chance of obtaining disability benefits.

You may contact Levian Legal (410) 433-4040 to discuss your claim for Social Security disability benefits. There is no charge for discussing your claim. Furthermore, if attorney-nurse, Karen L. Levian, represents you in your claim for Social Security disability benefits, you pay no attorney fee unless you obtain "past due" benefits.

The attorney fee for Social Security disability is set by Congress. An attorney may be paid 25% of the past due benefits awarded. The attorney fee is capped at $6,000. The only way the attorney may obtain $6,000, is if the attorney obtains at least $24,000.00 for you. If, for example, you are awarded $1,000 in past due benefits, the attorney fee is only $250. If you are not awarded past due benefits, your attorney does not receive a fee.