How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay
Can you be denied because of duration, i.e. how long a condition lasts?
A sizeable percentage of denials issued by the social security administration on disability claims are durational in nature.
What is a durational denial? The phrase simply means that an SSD or SSI claim was turned down because the disability examiner assigned to the case concluded (based on a review of the medical evidence) that the claimant's condition would not be disabling for twelve months or longer.
In retrospect (i.e. when prior decisions are reviewed by representatives -- lawyers or non attorneys), durational denials are often ill-formed creatures, mainly because the subjective nature of disability adjudication (decision-making on disability claims is supposed to be an objective process, however if you give three disability examiners the same case to work on, you may end up with three different decisions) can be even more pronounced.
Think of it this way. When a disability examiner denies a claim based on duration, this is being done by an individual with no formal medical training. And when the disability examiner who issues this denial confers with his or her unit medical consultant, the consultation is provided by an individual who has never treated the claimant in question. Yet, the examiner and the DDS consultant are both attempting to extrapolate a prognosis regarding the future outlook for a claimant's medical condition.
In theory, there's nothing wrong with durational denials. However, a fair number of these denials are probably somewhat shaky (a good example of this shakiness is when disability claimants who have severe mental impairments are issued a denial based on duration).
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Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?
How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?
Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved
What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?
What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Receiving a Disability Award Letter
Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
Applying for disability in your state
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Social Security Disability SSI Questions
The listings, list of disabling impairments
Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?
Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials
How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application
Filing for disability - when to file
How to apply for disability - where to apply
Qualifications for disability benefits
How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits
Qualifying for Disability - The Process
How to get disability for depression
Getting disability for fibromyalgia
SSI disability for children with ADHD
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips
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Social Security Disability SSI definitions
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Going to a disability hearing with a lawyer
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How long can you receive SSI or Social Security Disability benefits?
Filing for disability with carpal tunnel syndrome
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Tips for Getting Disability Approved
SSI disability Application Requirements
What A Social Security Disability determination is based on
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How to file for disability in kansas
Filing for disability with neuropathy
Should you get a Disability Lawyer before you File?
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
My Social Security Disability SSI appeal status
Disability back pay, how it works
Eligibility criteria requirements for disability
Qualifying requirements for disability
Decision on disability case, are you eligible for a disability award
When is a Person Considered Disabled by Social Security?
Forms to appeal a Social Security Disability denial
Permanent disability benefits
How to qualify for disability with depression
If Social Security sends you to a psychiatrist
Disability denied twice
How to claim disability
How many times will Social Security deny you?
Applying for Disability with high blood pressure
Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?
How much time for a decision on a disability claim?
Can you work if you get an SSI disability check?
How to File for SSI
Filing for disability, how to apply for SSD, SSI
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
How to get disability
How to appeal a disability denial
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