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
How to File for SSI
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Continued from: How to Apply for SSI, Part I
How are medical records used to determine an SSI decision? The disability examiner who has been assigned to process the SSDI or SSI claim will sift through a claimant's records looking for evidence of functional limitations.
Functional limitations may be either physical or mental. If a claim involves either a physical condition or a mental condition, the examiner will rate the claimant's level of restricted functionality (known as their RFC or residual functional capacity, which is defined as what a person can still do despite their overall condition).
Very often, of course, the examiner will assess the claimant's physical RFC and their mental RFC as well since it is common for a disability claim to include both mental and physical allegations.
The residual functional capacity rating that is given to a claimant (For example, in the case of physical impairments, are they restricted from doing anything more than light physical work, or are they restricted from tasks that involve one of their senses such as vision or hearing.
In the case of mental impairments, do they have difficulty with short or long-term memory recall, or do they have difficulty sustaining attention or concentration) is compared to whatever physical or mental capabilities were required of their past jobs?
If their RFC rating (or ratings) is severe enough, the claimant may be judged incapable of going back to their past work, and perhaps incapable of doing any other work for which they might otherwise be thought capable of doing.
Why is it important to produce the medical history prior to the appointment for the disability application interview? Because, just as with the work history, accuracy is very imporant.
Speaking as a former disability examiner, I can state that many claimants fail to give sufficient information about their treatment sources when filing for disability. In some cases, the claimant does not give enough information for the examiner to distinguish one doctor or clinic or hospital from another.
In other cases, the claimant entirely omits the information. And this may be due to the fact that the claimant cannot recall the information during the interview. It may also result from a mistaken assumption that the social security administration can automatically access all of a claimant's medical records simply by having their social security number.
However, this is not the case and many claims are disadvantaged by the fact that the disability examiner does not have access to all of a claimant's records (due to the claimant not providing all of the treatment sources). This phenomenon is often demonstrated by what happens at disability hearings when a claimant's disability attorney suddenly learns of a doctor or clinic that was previously unknown by the social security administration. It is entirely possible that had the information regarding the unknown medical treatment source been known, the claim might have been approved sooner and without the need for filing disability appeals.
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Topics and Questions
How Long Does It Usually Take To Get Disability After I see Their Medical Examiner?
Why is it Taking so Long to get a Court Date with the ALJ, the Social Security Disability Judge?
If you get denied on a disability appeal can you get another appeal?
Applying for disability benefits in Texas
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go to apply for disability ?
Why Will A Social Security Disability Application Get Denied? (SSDI Denial)
SSDI Decision, SSI Decison - How long does it take?
Why do I need an attorney for Social Security disability?
Does A Certain Percentage of VA Disability Automatically Make You Eligible For Social Security Disability?
What if you make too much when You apply for disability?
What Forms will I need to Complete when I apply for disability?
Can I Receive More Social Security Disability If I Get Another Condition Or Illness?
Speeding up the Request for a Social Security Hearing - Documentation that is needed
How Likely Is It That A Social Security Disability Claim Will Be Won Prior To The Hearing Level?
Social Security Disability Advice from the Wrong Sources
Advice to Win Social Security Disability and SSI Benefit Claims
What do you do if your Social Security Disability or SSI Claim is denied?
Does Your Doctor Decide If You Get Disability?
Social Security Disability, SSI, Mental Disorders, and Functional Limitations
Will my disability case be reviewed after I have been approved for disability benefits?
How often will my disability claim be reviewed ?
Does The Social Security Judge Use The Same Rules As The Disability Examiner?
Can Social Security Turn You Down If You Can Do Your Past Work?
Does The Social Security Reconsideration Take as Long As The Disability Application?
Why Is It Hard to be Found Disabled for Social Security Disability or SSI for Seizures?
What happens after I file my disability claim?
Who Do I Contact To File For Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration?
What Do I Do to File a Social Security Disability Appeal
Reconsideration of a disability denial-what does it involve?
What makes you disabled for SSD, Social Security Disability Benefits, OR SSI?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI disability ?
Can You Receive Social Security Disability Or SSI Benefits At the Same Time As VA or Veterans’ Benefits?
How is the Determination for Disability made by Social Security?
Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Missouri
To get Social security Disability or SSI do you have to have Total Disability?
Is Receiving Social Security Disability Based On Whether I Can Do My Current or Last Job?
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