Without an understanding of how past work and other work are viewed and how medical vocational rules are applied to direct the outcome of a case, it might asking a little too much of anyone who is not a disability examiner, CR, or disability representative (who could be a disability attorney or a non-attorney representative) to understand exactly what has transpired on a case at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels.
However, there are a few reasons that can validate a claimant getting a copy of the disability file on disc.
1. The claimant can see what medical evidence was obtained and if any treatment date ranges were missed. As to medical records, the claimant can also learn whether or not incorrect records were accumulated in the file (I recently became aware of a situation where the file included records for a person of the same name, but which did not belong to the actual claimant: obviously a mistake).
2. The claimant can potentially learn what the medical treatment sources (your treating physician and other sources of treatment) may really think about the claimant's condition and their limitations. Sometimes, this can be enlightening. I have actually encountered situations in which claimants fully believed that their doctor stood 100% behind their claim. Then, after an attempt was made to obtain a medical source statement supporting the claim, it became clearer that the physician did not actually believe that their patient possessed functional limitations to the extent that they were disabling.
3. The claimant may be able to see how their own description of the various jobs that entailed their past work became translated into actual job identifications by the disability examiner (using a reference source known as the DOT, or dictionary of occupational titles). In some cases, an astute claimant may find that the job title and description of work duties assigned by the examiner to the job title and description of work duties provided by the claimant...are not a valid match.
Why do bad matches occur? Because there are many jobs that exist in the national economy that are not listed in the DOT. This may be particularly true in the case of tech jobs that have been created in the last decade...The DOT, on the other hand, has not been updated by its publication source (the Department of Labor) since 1991.
Additional Information on:
Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Questions
- What does the social security administration definition of disability actually say?
- Will social security try to determine if a person is totally disabled?
- Social Security Disability Questions
- Filing an Appeal after a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
- Disability Hearings and the Social Security Appeals Process
- Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits IF You Have A Mental Condition But Do Not Take Medication?
- Social Security Appeals Time limit
- How are Social Security Disability cases decided? - the Process Social Security Uses In Every Disability Case
- The Steps of The Social Security Disability Determination Process
- What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability ?
- How much does Social Security pay in disability benefits ?
- Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security benefits?
- What is the difference between Social Security disability and SSI ?
- How do you find out if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or even denied ?
- How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
- How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?
- Social Security Disability Status Time
- The SSI Award Letter from Social Security
- Who qualifies for disability benefits
- How to Apply for Disability, What medical conditions can you apply for disability for ?
- Social Security Disability SSI Children Benefits
- Receiving a Social Security Disability SSI Award Letter
- Social Security Disability SSI Requirements
- Social Security Disability SSI Back pay
- Checking Social Security Disability Status
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