Social Security Announces Cost of Living Adjustment for 2009 | Clearwater Social Security Disability Lawyer

The Social Security Administration has announced that the 2009 cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security and SSI beneficiaries will be 5.8%. This is the largest increase since 1982. In 2008, the cost-of-living adjustment was a meager 2.3%.

If you have any questions about the cost-of-living adjustments, go to the Social Security Administration’s website which is found at You’ll find a complete chart of the 2008 changes and a wealth of other information on this website.

For information about your rights to Social Security Disability Benefits, order your free copy of “Your Rights to Social Security Disability” which was written by Tampa Bay Social Security disability experts, attorneys Nancy Cavey and Sharon Barrett.

What Cardiac Testing is Right For You? | Clearwater Bay Social Security Disability Attorney

Many Floridians only find out they have heart blockage when they are rushed to the hospital with chest pain, shortness of breath, or arm/jaw pain. What kind of testing will you have? A 64 sliced or CT angiography that produces Star Wars quality 3-D images of your heart and blood vessels or the gold standard angiogram? Your cardiac condition could be the basis of a claim for Social Security Disability benefits.

In the New York Times on December 2, 2008, I read an article¬† by Roni Caryn Rabin entitled¬† “Cardiologists Debate Expensive Heart Scans”. You can learn about the differences in these tests and the “rancorous debate” among cardiologists about which test to use when and what is the better test.

One doctor suggested that the CT angiography “could be a good screening test for patients not known to have heart disease who develop sudden chest pain.”

Another doctor pointed out that the real question is whether CT scans “improve patient outcomes.” If you are suspected of having heart disease it was suggested that the angiography is more appropriate. If you have never had symptoms, the CT scan is for you.

Nancy Cavey, a Pinellas County based Social Security Disability attorney suggests you look at this article and consult with your doctor about which test is appropriate for you. Please contact Cavey and Barrett for your free Social Security disability claims consultation. and book on “Your Rights to Social Security Disability.”