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Disability Discussion—Social Security disability process is a presentation by Attorney Barbara Comerford to the NJ CFIDS Association (2010). Barbara Comerford, ESQ, has a practice specializing in disability law in the jurisdiction of New York and New Jersey. Through her work, Ms. Comerford has become a specialist in ME/CFS disability and spoke to the issues ME/CFS patients need to know.  She has held a post as a board member of the NJ CFIDS Association, The CFIDS Association of America (CAA), and The American Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (AACFS) before it became the International Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

If I am receiving disability insurance due to a workplace injury, can I also get Social Security Disability and/or Workman's Compensation Insurance?

Increase your odds of winning [Social Security disability]

Obtaining Social Security Disability with CFS by disability attorney Scott Davis, ESQ (2009). Although written before the 2014 Social Security Administration ruling on ME/CFS, this article contains good, general advice.

Social Security Disability Benefits, Fibromyalgia and CFIDS: What you don’t know could be fatal to your claim  by disability attorney Scott Davis, ESQ (2009).

Tips for FM patients applying for Social Security disability Ed Swierczek, a senior claims representative for a company that assists disability claimants, provides some good advice for fibromyalgia patients who are applying for Social Security (2011).

Understanding the [Social Security disability] system

Update for patients with ME/CFS, FM, or Lyme Disease on important issues affecting Long-term Disability Insurance and Social Security Disability A report of a meeting of the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association Disability Committee with two Boston disability attorneys in Fall 2014. This article contains important information concerning LTD insurance claims and Social Security disability. **This is a very important article for anyone applying for Social Security benefits, especially if s/he is also applying for LTD benefits.**

What type of information should I bring to my first meeting with an advocate?

Would I need a lawyer or advocate to handle my claim?