What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
You Cannot get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award if you don't Provide SSA what they need
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Continued from: Should you get Help from a Disability Attorney before the Claim has been Denied?
AOD stands for "alleged onset date" and this is the date supplied by the claimant at the time of application. It is essentially the date for which the claimant alleges that their disability began. To award disability benefits back to this date, making the decision fully favorable, social security will need access to medical records which existed at that point in time.
For this reason, a claimant should indicate A) their earliest dates of treatment and B) all medical treatment providers. However, many claimants will fail to provide old medical sources not realizing that the older sources may hold the only records that fully support their case. In addition to this, many claimants may not realize that social security rules and criteria dictate that a disability examiner or judge (if the case is at the hearing stage) will need recent medical records (meaning not older than ninety days) before a person can be determined to be disabled and eligible to receive disability benefits.
Finally, many claimants will fail to provide the necessary contact information for their various medical treatment sources. This may be because they assume that the social security administration has a master database that allows them to locate all of a claimant's medical treatment sources, even if the claimant is not entirely sure of the name and address of a clinic or doctor. However, SSA does not have a magic database and disability examiners are often forced to dig for information and attempt to "sleuth it out". Often, they are successful, but sometimes they are not and the result is that crucial medical records may not be gathered.
Very often, however, a disability representative or disability lawyer will interview their new client to get detailed information regarding past jobs and sources of treatment. This is so that detailed information can be passed back to the social security administration and the chances of being approved may be maximized.
However, this last point emphasizes why it may be to the claimant's advantage to seek representation before their claim is denied. There are, increasingly, disability attorneys and advocates who place more focus on trying to get cases won sooner. In the past, a lawyer or representative might simply assume that it was impossible to win before the case got to a hearing. That seems to be changing, to some degree, however, as more individuals in the profession are taking an active interest in trying to get cases won at the initial claim or reconsideration level.
The key to this, of course, involves assisting the social security administration with gathering needed information, making sure the claimant does not provide faulty or insufficent evidence, and procuring qualified, detailed statements (see Medical Source statement) from a claimant's personal physician, or treating physician.
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Topics and Questions
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Who qualifies for disability benefits ?
Administrative Law Judge At A Disability Hearing
Steps for Filing A Disability Claim Under SSI or SSD
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Can I Receive Disability Benefits with Back problems?
How many Social Security disability cases are approved for back pain?
Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Arkansas
Social Security Administration Physical Consultative Exam (CE)
Social Security Administration Mental Consultative Exam (CE)
Will the income of a Spouse Affect My Disability Benefits?
Are most disability claims denied by SSA?
Is there a Maximum I can Work and Make if I am on SSD or SSI Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
Applying for disability benefits in Arizona
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How Important is the Treating Physician to a Social Security Disability or SSI case?
SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
Special Section: Disability Lawyers and unnecessary claim denials