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                                                    Eye On Our Community

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                                                                           or use the upper extremities (arms); or B. A marked            homeowners insurance. Call me...Stop by...
                                                                           limitation in physical functioning such as inability to                 Log on-it’s your choice!
                                                                           start and complete work related activities such as                       Herbert L. Townes
                                                                           standing, balancing, walking, using both arms for      (910) 487-4663  *  8175 Cliffdale Road, Fay., NC 28314
                                                                           fine and gross movements or limitations regarding
                                                                           one arm and one leg; and a marked limitation in       
                   By Atty. Pittman Dickey (910) 484-8195                  one of the following: 1. Understanding, remember-
                This column will examine how the Social Security Admin-    ing, or applying information; 2. Concentrating, per-
           istration evaluates Disability Insurance Claims for people who  sisting, or maintaining pace; or 3. Interacting with
           are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The Social Secu-    others; or adapting or managing oneself.
           rity Administration (SSA) has a set of criteria that it uses called  It should be kept in mind that a person can
           Listings to determine whether a person is eligible for monthly  still be found to be disabled the SSA even if the
           disability insurance payments. The SSA Listing for MS is 11.09.  claimant does not meet a particular Listing if he has
           The nutshell test for eligibility to obtain disability insurance ben-  health problems that in combination are the equiva-
           efit payments from the SSA is that a person must have a medi-   lent of a listing. An SSA Administrative Law Judge
           cal impairment that can be expected to last at least one year or  has the discretion to decide if a person’s health
                                                                                                                                                      Herbert L. Townes
           to result in death which results in the person’s inability to per-  problems are serious enough to warrant an award      Nelia Tolliver    Senior Account Agent  Kharissa Federick
                                                                                                                                    Office Manager
                                                                                                                                                                            Customer Service
           form any type of substantial gainful employment that exists in  of disability benefits despite not meeting the spe-                                                 Manager
           the American economy. The test is not whether the person can    cific technical requirements of one of the SSA list-
           go back and do their prior types of worth, but rather is there  ings for disability.
           any type of work the individual can perform on a full time basis.    If you have questions about SSA disability
                The SSA Listing describes MS as “a chronic, inflamma-      benefits, you can contact Pitt Dickey at 910 484
           tory, degenerative disorder that damages the myelin sheath sur-  8195 or I have handled
           rounding the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. The dam-  Social Security disability cases in eastern North
           age disrupts the normal transmission of nerve impulses within   Carolina for over thirty years with the law firm of
           the brain and between the brain and other parts of the body,    Smith, Dickey, & Dempster, PA, 315 Person Street,
           causing impairment in muscles coordination, strength, balance,  Fayetteville NC 28302. Let me know if I can help
           sensation and vision. There are several forms of MS, ranging    you with your claim. There is no charge for an ini-
           from mildly to highly aggressive. Milder forms generally involve  tial consultation and no fee unless we are success-   Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies,
           acute attacks (exacerbations) with partial or complete recov-   ful in obtaining disability benefits for our client.                Columbus, OH 43215-2220  MISC14 11/00
           ery from signs and symptoms (remission). Aggressive forms gen-
           erally exhibit a steady progression of signs and symptoms with
           few or no remissions. The effects of all forms vary from person
           to person.”
                To see how the SSA reviews claims that involve persons          The Law Office of P.E. Makia
           who have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) it is helpful to take a brief
           look at the medical terms used in describing this illness. Mul-
           tiple Sclerosis is a nerve disease which effects the nerves in the
           spinal cord and the brain. Nerves are surrounded by sheath
           called myelin. This myelin sheath is like the rubber cover around
           electrical copper wiring in your house. When a person devel-
           ops MS the sheath around the nerves is damaged. The damage                                                                                                          Find
           to the nerve covering interferes with the nerve impulses going
           from the nerves into the body. The myelin sheath becomes scle-                                                                                                 A-Friend
           rotic which means that it hardens. The nerve impulses then are
           unable to get to the body in the normal fashion due to the hard-                                                                                                  For  over  a  de-
           ening of the covering around the nerves. A medical specialist                                                                                                cade,  our  Find-A-
           called a neurologist is usually consulted when MS is suspected.                                                                                              Friend  Program  has
           The patient will typically undergo an MRI of the brain or a lum-                                                                                             been  located  in  the
           bar puncture of the spinal cord to determine if the patient has                                                                                              former  Lions  Civic
           MS.                                                                                                                                                          Building  at  725  W.
                                                                                                                                                                        Rowan  Street  near
                The SSA evaluates MS claims by reviewing the person’s                                                                                                   Downtown
           symptom in making its decision about disability. The SSA looks           Attorney Pauline Makia                         Marsellis George                     Fayetteville.  But  this
           at “flaccidity, spasticity, spasms, uncoordination, imbalance,        “Protecting Your Legal Rights”              Interpreter Legal & Medical                year,  we  are  proud  to
           tremor, physical fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, tingling,                                                          Spanish/English                     announce a new initia-
           and numbness when determining the person’s ability to stand                                                             Se hablaEspanol                      tive  to  bring  the  be-
           up, balance, walk, or perform fine or gross movements.” In de-                                                                                               loved  youth  program
           termining the effect of MS on mental functioning, the SSA looks      General Practice Including                                                              back  to  Whitfield  St.
           at such symptoms as fatigue, visual loss, trouble sleeping, im-                                                                                              where  it  all  began  so
                                                                                                                                                                        many  years  ago.  We
           paired attention, concentration, memory, judgment, mood                           *Auto Accidents                                                            are  currently  seeking
           swings, and depression.”                                                                                                                                     funding  for  the  pro-
                The SSA will award disability for MS if the patient meets                          *Immigration                                                         spective    building
           one of the two listed categories below:                                                                                                                      which, if realized, will
                A. Disorganization of motor function in two extremities                                                                                                 be  located  across  the
           resulting in an extreme limitation in the ability to stand up from a                      Traffic Tickets                                                    Fayetteville  Urban
                                                                                                                                                                        Ministry home office at
                                                                                                   Personal Injuries                                                    701 Whitfield St. The

                                                                                                                                                                        task is daunting, but we
                     SOCIAL  SECURITY                                              (910) 672-0060 - Office                                                              have  already  begun
                                                                                                                                                                        There is still much to be
                                                                                                                                                                        done and we thank all
                             GOT COURT?                                                                                                                                 those  who  have  been
                        DISABILITY CLAIMS                                                             New Location:                                                     so  kind  to  donate  to

                             When the doctor says                                             1318 Ramsey Street                                                        this initiative.
                                                                                                                                                                             If you would like
                                 you can't work,                                                                                                                        to learn more about this

                           put your attorney to work.                                            Fayetteville, NC 28301                                                 project  please  contact
                               Call 484-8195                                        (Across The street from Auto Supreme Car Wash)                                      our Executive Director
                                                                                                                                                                        Johnny Wilson or Find-
                              D. Pittman Dickey                                           Email:                                         A-Friend  Coordinator
                                                                                                                                                                        Shauna Hopkins.
           Smith,  Dickey,  Dempster,  Carpenter, Harris & Jordan  P.A.                                                                                                      Johnny Wilson
                                                                                                                                                                             (910) 483-5944
                309 - 315  Person Street * Fayetteville, NC  28301
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