How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
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The Social Security List of Impairments
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Be ready for your disability application before the process even starts

Tip 1:

Get prepared before you have your disability application interview and file your claim. Interviews with claims reps at field offices can be intimidating and a little nerve racking. That said, you need to understand that the CR (claims representative) who takes your claim at the Social Security office does not actually work on the medical processing aspect of your claim. They only get your file started so it can be sent to a disability examiner to work on.

Once the examiner starts working on your claim, you may possibly never hear from them. However, it is often the case that they may contact your regarding your ADLs (activities of daily living) or regarding your medical history or work history.

That is why it is so important to get all the necessary information turned in from the very beginning of your claim. What is that information? Let's put it this way. Everything that will be used to decide your case.

That means information regarding your medical treatment and info regarding all your jobs. But it also means all your symptoms and your daily activities.

SSA (the Social Security Administration) is essentially looking for the reason "why" you are disabled. And that translates to the functional limitations that you possess as a result of your condition, such as a reduced ability to concentrate, remember, sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, balance, reach, lift more than a certain amount of weight, or whatever your specific limitations might be as a result of your condition, or conditions.

To make your claim more successful, you should ideally write down all your medical treatment sources in advance of your interview appointment. This should include every facility you've been treated at, the names of all treating physicians, all of your diagnosed conditions, as well as all your various symptoms.

You will also want to provide addresses for your treatment sources to maximize the chance that the disability examiner who is assigned to your case will be able to obtain all your medical records, and in the shortest time possible.

You should also write down in advance your work history going back for the 15 year period prior to becoming disabled (this is the time period that Social Security is concerned and it is referred to as "the relevant work period"), focusing on job titles, descriptions of the work performed for each job, and the dates worked for each job.

Compiling a list of your work history and medical treatment history before the interview will help ensure that crucial information is not accidentally left out and will help to make the application process less stressful.

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    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.

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