Many Diabetes Patients Getting Short Changed By Government

Texas Attorney Suzanne Villalon-Hinojosa Leads Charge to Make It Right.

Online PR News – 08-October-2009 – – Suzanne Villalon-Hinojosa, a lawyer in Heard & Smith's San Antonio Texas office, is leading a national effort to make Social Security Disability benefits available to more people who have diabetes. Much of Texas, including the San Antonio area, has many people with diabetes who under current rules do not qualify for disability benefits. Ms. Villalon-Hinojosa is presenting this topic at a national conference this month as part of her efforts to get the regulations updated.

Ms. Villalon-Hinojosa offers a reasonable alternative to the current regulations. “Diabetes affects each patient differently, and I’m not suggesting everyone with diabetes qualifies for Social Security Disability. But one of the injustices with the Social Security Administration’s rules today is that Social Security almost assumes that most amputee patients can use an artificial limb. In reality, diabetics are rarely offered artificial limbs, and they are often not good candidates to get a prosthetic device.”

Ms. Villalon-Hinojosa goes on to say, “If a patient has a lower extremity amputation because of their diabetes, it’s obvious that the diabetes is not under control, and it’s causing a significant impairment that would certainly limit work. Social Security should be more realistic and sympathetic in how they evaluate these impairments.”

A Weslaco, Texas native and Princeton graduate, Ms. Villalon-Hinojosa is a nationally known leader in the Social Security Disability lawyer community. She has been invited to speak at the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR) convention in San Francisco on Friday, October 16. NOSSCR is the largest Social Security Disability claimant’s representative group in the country, with almost 4,000 members.

By using her opportunity as a speaker at the NOSSCR conference to share her findings on diabetes issues with other disability lawyers, Ms. Villalon-Hinojosa plans to build a larger group of attorneys who will all be a part of the fight to make Social Security disability benefits more inclusive to people with diabetes who are currently not eligible. If she is successful, thousands of people’s lives could be dramatically improved by becoming eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.

About Heard & Smith:

Heard & Smith, LLP is a Texas based Social Security disability law firm that has helped disabled people obtain their disability benefits since 1976. The firm has offices in 13 cities around Texas including San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, and Corpus Christi. The firm has several lawyers who have earned national recognition among fellow Social Security disability lawyers. Founding partner, John R. Heard, was a past President of NOSSCR and partner Suzanne Villalon-Hinojosa is often invited to speak at national disability law conferences. The firm is able to serve their many clients with the help of over 100 Texas based employees.

Editors Note: Suzanne Villalon-Hinojosa is no longer with Heard & Smith, but she continues to practice law and you can reach her with the contact information below:

Suzanne Villalon-Hinojosa
926 Chulie Drive
San Antonio, TX 78216
Tel. 1-800-481-0302
Fax: 1-877-244-1153

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