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
For Social Security Disability Do I Need To Give My Dates of Treatment?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
For all Social Security Disability Determinations, the Social Security adminisration must have medical treatment information, or they must obtain some kind of current medical information to make their disability determination.
If you want your disability claim to have the best chance of winning an approval for disability benefits, you need to provide information about all of your medical treatment sources to include their names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of treatment. The more relevant medical information that disability examiners get from physicians who have actually treated you, the better the chance of your being approved for disability.
If an individual does not have any medical treatment or their treatment was in the past, it is likely they will have to attend a consultative examination, or consultative examinations, with a physician paid by Social Security.
Often these examinations are short evaluations that do not necessarily address an individual’s medical impairments with any kind of thoroughness. They are simply done to give Social Security disability examiners enough medical information to make a medical disability decision. They are not meant to provide any kind of treatment or advice for the disability applicant.
So it in your best interest to provide Social Security with your medical treatment sources and your best guess as to the dates your were treated by the medical source. Social Security needs this information so they can try to locate your medical records. Without medical records, your disability claim may be decided on a short cursory examination that says very little about how disabling your disabling condition or conditions are.
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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
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