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 ó how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Social Security Disability SSI - Mental and Physical Residual Functional Capacity
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Mental and physical residual functional capacity is a medical assessment of an individualís ability to function in spite of the limitations imposed upon them by their disabling mental and/or physical conditions.
Social Security disability examiners consider your ability to meet the physical, mental, sensory, and other requirements of work, when they make their disability determinations. To that end, they will accept statements about your limitations from medical sources even if they have not formally examined you. However, your treating doctorís statement (medical source statement) can be an invaluable to your disability claim.
Social Security considers an individualís treating medical professional a more important source of information because they can provide Social Security with a unique perspective that other medical providers (i.e. hospital or acute caregivers) cannot provide.
If your treating physician provides a statement, make sure that it includes an opinion as to your ability to perform activities associated with work (i.e. your ability to walk, stand, lift, bend, see, hear, etc. if your disability is physical -- ability to interact with coworkers, public, and supervisors, remember directions, follow instructions, etc. if your disabling condition is mental).
They will also consider descriptions and observations with regard to the limitations caused by your disabling condition or conditions from family, friends, neighbors, and others.
If you have both mental and physical limitations, Social Security considers the total affect of your conditions when making their disability determination.
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Topics and Questions
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The Social Security Award Letter
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Medical Evidence Used on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim
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Applying for disability benefits in Oregon
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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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