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                                                    Eye On Our Community

                     New Rules From Social Security  for                                                                          DISCOUNTS

                         Evaluating Disorders of the Spine                                                                                 Your Source For Lower

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                                                                           AND B. Abnormal motion, instability or immobility of
                                                                           the affected joint; AND C anatomical abnormality of
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                                                                           ing subluxation (slipping of a bone), contracture (ab-         homeowners insurance. Call me...Stop by...
                                                                           normal shortening of muscle tissue making movement                      Log on-it’s your choice!
                                                                           of the joint painful/difficulty), ankylosis (bony over                   Herbert L. Townes
                                                                           growth fusing the bones of the joint together), AND D.  (910) 487-4663  *  8175 Cliffdale Road, Fay., NC 28314
                                                                           Impairment related physical limitation that can be ex-
                                                                           pected to last at least 12 months with at least one of
                         By Pitt Dickey (910) 484-8195                     the following: 1. Need for a walker, bilateral crutches
                                                                           or canes, or 2 Inability to use one upper arm to sustain
                                                                           and complete work related activities requiring fine and
                                                                           gross movements and a documented medical need for
                 The Social Security Administration (SSA)  recently published a  a one handed assistive device requiring the use of the
           proposal for new rules that it will use to evaluate the disability claims  other arm; or 3. Inability to use both upper extremities
           from workers who have back problems.  The new rules do not have  that neither can be used to sustain and complete work
           an effective date yet as the SSA will be receiving comments from  related activities involving fine and gross movements.
           the public until 6 July 2018.  After that date, the SSA will evaluate  These changes mark a dramatic change in mak-
           the public’s comments and issue a set of final rules and give the  ing it more difficult for people to qualify for disability
           effective  date.                                                benefits which is the unspoken  point of these changes.
                 The new rules are going to be much more difficult for claim-  If you would like to object to these proposed changes
           ants to obtain SSA disability insurance  benefits.  The SSA’s proposal  you can do so by fax at 410 966-2830, mail to Office of  Nelia Tolliver  Herbert L. Townes  Kharissa Federick
           estimates that the new rules will cut about $57 million dollars in dis-  Regulations and Reports Clearance, SSA, 107 Altmeyer  Office Manager  Senior Account Agent  Customer Service
           ability insurance benefits  payments for spinal conditions in the pe-  Building,  6401  Security  Blvd,  Baltimore  Maryland,
           riod between fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2022.   That is $57 million which  21235,  or by  internet to
           would have otherwise have been paid to patients which back issues  and use the Search function to find docket number SSA-
           under the previous rules. I leave it to the reader to determine why  2006-0112.  Your comments will be available for public
           reducing benefits to disabled workers is a good idea.           view so please be careful what you say.
                                                                                  If  you  have  questions  about  SSA  disability
                 The new rules are too extensive to completely summarize in a  benefits,  you  can  contact  Pitt  Dickey  at  910  484
           column of this length so I will review some of the most significant  8195  or    I  have  handled
           changes.    If  a  claimant  has  pain  from  a  compromised  nerve  root  Social  Security  disability  cases  in  eastern  North
           (pinched nerve in plain English), to be eligible for Disability benefits  Carolina  for  over  thirty  five    years  with  the  law
           the claimant must have the following  documented in his medical  firm of Smith, Dickey, & Dempster, PA, 315 Per-
           records: a. symptoms of nerve  pain with either numbness or muscle  son  Street,  Fayetteville  NC  28302.    Let  me  know
           fatigue; AND B. Neurological signs in a medical exam showing each  if I can help you with your claim. There is no charge  Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies,
           of the following: 1. Muscle weakness; and 2. Sensory changes with  for an initial consultation and no fee unless we are             Columbus, OH 43215-2220  MISC14 11/00
           decreased sensation, or sensory nerve deficit on EMG nerve testing,  successful in obtaining disability benefits for our client.
           or decreased deep tendon reflexes, AND, 4. Signs of nerve root irri-
           tation, tension or compression; AND C. Findings on imaging consis-
           tent with compromise of a nerve root in either the cervical or lumbar
           spine; AND D. Impairment of physical limitation that has lasted or   The Law Office of P.E. Makia
           can be expected to last at least 12 months and medical documenta-
           tion showing at least one of the following:   1.  Documented medical
           need for walker, bilateral canes, or bilateral crutches; or 2. Inability
           to use one upper extremity (arm) to sustain and complete work re-
           lated activities for fine and gross movements and a documented medi-
           cal need for a one handed assistive device (cane or crutch) that re-
           quires the use of the other upper extremity (arm); or 3. Inability to
           use both upper extremities to the extent that neither can be used to                                                                                                Find
           independently sustain and complete work related activities involving
           fine and gross movements.                                                                                                                                      A-Friend
                 If the claimant has spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal
           cord which causes the spinal nerve to be pinched ) the claimant must
           show the following: A. Symptoms of nerve pain such as 1. Non radi-                                                                                                For  over  a  de-
           ating distribution of pain in one or both lower extremities (legs); or                                                                                       cade,  our  Find-A-
           sensory loss in one or both legs; or neurogenic claudication ( limping                                                                                       Friend  Program  has
           accompanied by pain and cramping in lower back, buttocks, hips and                                                                                           been  located  in  the
           legs) AND B. Neurological signs during physical exam with either                                                                                             former  Lions  Civic
           muscle weakness and decreased sensation or sensory nerve deficit                                                                                             Building  at  725  W.
           shown by EMG, or areflexia ( absence of reflexes ), trophic ulcer-                                                                                           Rowan  Street  near
           ation (ulcer on the eye), or bladder or bowel incontinence) or   de-                                                    Marsellis George                     Downtown
           creased deep tendon reflexes.   AND D. Impairment related physi-         Attorney Pauline Makia                   Interpreter Legal & Medical                Fayetteville.  But  this
           cal limitation that can be expected to last 12 months with medical    “Protecting Your Legal Rights”                                                         year,  we  are  proud  to
           documentation of the need for 1. Use of a walker, two cane, or two                                                       Spanish/English                     announce a new initia-
           crutches or the inability to use one upper extremity to complete work                                                   Se hablaEspanol                      tive  to  bring  the  be-
           related activities involving fine and gross movements and a medical                                                                                          loved  youth  program
           need for a one handed assistive device (cane or crutch) that requires  General Practice Including                                                            back  to  Whitfield  St.
           the use of the other arm.                                                                                                                                    where  it  all  began  so
                 If the claimant has had reconstructive surgery of a weight bear-            *Auto Accidents                                                            many  years  ago.  We
           ing joint, such as a hip or knee replacement, the evidence must show                                                                                         are  currently  seeking
           A. Documented history of the reconstructive surgery of a major weight                                                                                        funding  for  the  pro-
           bearing joint, AND B. Impairment related physical limitations of func-                  *Immigration                                                         spective    building
           tion that can be expected to last twelve months, AND C. Documented                                                                                           which, if realized, will
           medical need for a walker, bilateral canes or bilateral crutches.                                                                                            be  located  across  the
                 If the claimant has abnormality of a major joint in either arms                     Traffic Tickets                                                    Fayetteville  Urban
           or legs, the evidence must show A. Chronic joint pain or stiffness                                                                                           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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