Third Party Statements

In previous posts about your disability claim and how others can support your claim, we discussed the qualified medical sources as well as various “treating source statements”.  The Social Security Administration uses evidence from many different sources when evaluating your claim including your own medical records, exams that Social Security schedules with their doctors for […]

Treating source statements

The Social Security Administration uses evidence from many different sources when evaluating your claim. This evidence includes your own medical records, examinations that Social Security schedules with their doctors for you, forms filled out by you, and statements from those who know you and can give an opinion on your ability to work. Who is […]

How others can support your claim: Acceptable Medical Sources

The Social Security Administration uses medical evidence to determine what your impairments are as well as how they impact your ability to work. In order for Social Security to consider a particular impairment severe, it must be diagnosed by an acceptable medical source. SSA Medical Sources Before March 2017 The definition of who qualifies as […]

7 Things You Can Do to Get a Faster Turnaround On a Social Security Claim

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, so goes the saying. This applies to the process of getting your claim to move quickly through Social Security. With that in mind, here are 7 things that you can do to encourage speedier processing and a positive outcome for your Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income claim: […]

Make Your Social Security Claim Get Processed Faster

Did you know that an American worker (at the age of 20) has a 25% chance of getting a disability before becoming eligible for full retirement? This statistic is from the Social Security Administration’s report on Disability Benefits and it serves to remind us how important it is to get your benefits as soon as […]

Wait Times for US Hearing Offices

The Social Security Administration recently published information giving the average processing time at each of its hearing offices.  The numbers represent the time from the day the hearing is requested until a decision is issued. The longest waits are in San Juan, Puerto Rico (864 days), Chicago (820 days) and New York (772 days).  The […]

Documenting Work Activity After You File a Disability Benefits Claim

During all phases of the application process for Social Security Disability benefits, the burden is on the claimant to prove disability. Burden of Proof This includes not only providing medical evidence you have been diagnosed with disabling impairments, but also documenting any work activity you perform while waiting for the Social Security Administration to process […]

Tips for Completing Form SSA 3373

Completing your function report can be complicated and overwhelming. Below are some tips to insure success. The Activity of Daily Living Questionnaire – Form SSA 3373 – is complex. It may seem as though the questions are easy and straightforward but the answers you provide do more than is obvious.Therefore, it is critical to understand […]

The Importance of the Function Form to your SSI Claim

The importance of the Social Security Insurance (SSI) function report – is very high. It is a form that measures what you can and cannot do. Learn what the SSA Function Form does by reading our blog: What is the Function Report? Read tips on how to correctly fill out the SSI Function Form in […]