4 Things the SSA Wants to Know About Your Disability

4 Things the SSA Wants to Know About Your Disability
April 27 12:07 2017 Print This Article

If you’re thinking about applying for social security disability and are working with a Phoenix SSD attorney or another professional, you have to first understand it isn’t as easy as applying and waiting for the monthly checks to come in.

If you apply for these benefits, the government will want to evaluate your case to determine if it meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of being disabled. As per the administration, it explains a disability as any medical condition, either physical or mental, that restricts you from working for at least 12 months.

When your case is ready to be reviewed, they will first want to acknowledge the following four things before approving your benefits:

1. How Severe Is Your Disability?

The first thing the administration will look at is your medical record. Based on these records, they will be able to compare your medical history to something known as the “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security” handbook.

If your condition isn’t listed in this handbook, then the evaluator working your case will see if your condition can fall under a similar condition. If it isn’t listed or he or she feels it doesn’t relate to another condition, it doesn’t mean you won’t receive benefits.

As long as you can justify this disability limits your functioning to work, then there’s still a chance it could be approved.


2. How Do Your Symptoms Conflict With Your Life?

While you apply for these benefits, the administration will request you describe what your daily routine usually looks like. Known as the “function report” form, this form will ask about how you get dress, how you clean your house, how you use the bathroom and so forth.

In conjunction with this report and your medical history, the examiner will have a better understanding of what your daily routine looks like and will be able to determine if this daily routine supports your medical history report.

3. How Did You Earn a Living Before?

Aside from your medical history and daily living routine, the administration will additionally want to know how you made a living before you thought about filing for benefits.

On this work history report, they will look specifically at the job titles you held, seeing if it’s affiliated with your current disability. For example, they may look at if your previous job required a lot of heavy lifting or standing on your feet for long periods of time.

Also, with this information, they will see if your current disability limits your function to perform any job or if your skills can transfer to a similar job that doesn’t affect your abilities.

If your disability limits you from functioning any job and it can’t be transferred to a similar skill, then you will more than likely qualify for full benefits.

4. What Remedies Did You Try?

Lastly, the administration will want to know which treatments you have tried for your conditions and will want a record from your doctor proving your claims. With this information, they will determine if you followed doctor’s orders and have tried every medical treatment plan possible to potentially help resolve your disability. Failing to do so, however, can result in a denial letter and recommendations on what you should do today to help your disability.

The more detailed your reports and answers are, the better your chances are of being approved. Even if you get disapproved at first, don’t be discouraged just yet as it can take a few rounds of appeals before you’re fully approved.


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