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

Being denied for disability in Indiana and the Medical Evidence

The basic reason any Social Security Disability or SSI claim in Indiana is denied is that there is a lack of medical evidence in the claimant's file that supports an approval.

To get a disability claim approved, a disability examiner (examiners make decisions on initial claims and reconsideration appeals) or a federal administrative law judge must have documentation available to them that allows them to do the following:

1. Determine if the claimant's impairment (or various impairments, as is usually the case) is severe or non-severe.

2. Determine what the claimant's functional limitations are. Functional limitations can be either mental or physical. Many claims do, in fact, involve both mental and physical impairments and this requires that the decision-maker on the claim consult with both a medical consultant as well as a psychological consultant (both consultants are part of the disability examiner's case processing unit).

There are instances, of course, in which a claimant has no history of medical treatment, or very little history of recent treatment. In those cases, the claimant will be scheduled to go to a consultative examination. This examination can be a physical examination, an IQ test, a mental status exam, or a full fledged psychiatric examination.

Consultative exams, often referred to as Social security medical examinations, are performed by independent physicians and psychologists, not by individuals who are actually employed by the social security administration.

Are disability claims in Indiana ever won based on the results of a consultative exam? It does happen occasionally. And it tends to happen more often when the exam is mental (such as for memory scale testing, or intelligence testing) versus a physical consultative exam (usually, physical exams last little more than ten minutes and the report provided by the examining physician provides very little useful information for either a disability examiner or a judge).

However, in the great majority of cases, consultative exams do not provide the basis for an approval of a social security claim.

Because cases that lack substantial evidence stand a poor chance of being approved by social security, individuals who are considering filing for disability benefits should do the following:

1. If they are not being seen by a doctor, they should begin to get regular treatment. This is the only way that medical records will be generated for the social security administation to obtain and review.

2. If they have a condition that has not been formally diagnosed (such as depression, or anxiety disorder), they should be seen by the appropriate source of treatment (for example, fibromyalgia should be diagnosed by a rheumatologist or a pain treatment specialist, whereas depression should be diagnosed by a mental health professional, ideally a psychiatrist).

Essential Questions

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SSDI Request for Reconsideration
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Social Security Award Letter and being due a substantial back pay amount
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Disability claim at reconsideration appeal level
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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

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.

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