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What if Social Security Disability does not follow my doctor's assessment of my condition?



 
How does Social Security decide that I can do a certain level of work when my doctors clearly state that I can't?



Disability examiners review the medical records they obtain and draw up something known as an RFC, or residual functional capacity, statement. On the RFC form, they determine if you are rated as sedentary, light, or medium based on how they perceive your physical limitations.

To some extent, this is subjective. They usually (unless they are classified as an SDM, single decision maker) consult with a physician who works in their case processing unit as a medical expert. So, basically, an MD and a disability examiner together come to the conclusion of what your physical exertional capacity is, which determines whether or not you are considered to have the capacity to return to your past work.

Unfortunately, at the initial claim and reconsideration appeal levels, it is not uncommon for a claimant's treating physician's opinion to be disregarded even when it is presented on an independent medical source statement.








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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability SSI Requirements, Criteria, Eligibility
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How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply for?
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Social Security Disability Status on a pending claim
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What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it








For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.