Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers
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
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Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
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Social Security Disability Status
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Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Social Security On The Record Disability Decisions
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
An on the record disability decision is made by an administrative law judge, generally at the request of an individual’s social security representative, who may be a disability lawyer or a non-attorney representative.
On the record disability decisions must be fully favorable to the disability applicant. In other words, if the decision cannot be made in a fully favorable way (fully favorable means that the judge accepts the onset date alleged by the claimant at the time of filing a disability application), then the claimant is entitled to have their case considered at a social security hearing.
Note: “On the record” simply means the disability decision is being made on the evidence currently in the disability case file.
Disability claims that are straightforward have the best chance of receiving an on the record decision. A strong disability case must be documented with good quality medical evidence and a concise evaluation of the applicant’s functional limitations. To be considered a good candidate for an on the record decision a disability case must clearly show that the five step Social Security sequential evaluation process would produce a finding of disability.
Social Security administrative law judges are increasingly pressured to reduce their caseloads and on the record decisions are becoming more common. If fully favorable decisions can be made without a formal hearings it saves time and money for Social Security, while getting much needed monetary benefits to disabled beneficiaries sooner.
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