Why the History of Medical Treatment Matters in Determining Disability

Will my medical treatment history impact my disability determination? Deciding whether or not someone qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits can be a challenging process. There are lots of different pieces of paperwork that need to be filled out and these could make or break someone’s disability claim. Because of this, it is important to […]

Comparing Video Hearings with In-Person Hearings

The internet, video chatting, and cell phones have changed the way that the Social Security Administration operates. One of the recent changes is the opportunity for individuals to attend their Social Security disability hearing via video instead of in-person. What are a few of the benefits of a disability hearing video instead of having to […]

Learn More From Our Social Security Disability Hearing Video

There are many people who rely on the Social Security Disability benefits to keep their lights on, put food on the table, and keep a roof over their head. Unfortunately, the application process can be confusing for many people. How does the Social Security Disability benefits application process work? What are the factors that disability […]

Consistency Matters to the Social Security Administration

There are lots of different pieces of information that the Social Security Administration is going to use when they decide whether or not someone will receive disability benefits. One of these is the consistency of the information throughout the medical record. Specifically, the agency is looking for consistency between the individual’s statements and the medical […]

The Evaluation of Disabilities and Personal Statements: The Social Security Agency

Evaluating disabilities by the Social Security Administration can seem complicated. There are many different pieces to this puzzle and all of these are important in determining whether or not someone qualifies for disability benefits. When the SSA makes their final decision about whether or not someone is able to work, they rely heavily on an […]

How does Social Security evaluate my statements about my disability to do full time work

When the Social Security Administration makes a determination about whether or not a particular diagnosis or impairment would prevent an individual from performing substantial and gainful employment, they often need to rely upon the statements of a claimant about how the impairments affect their work ability.  A claimant’s credibility can make or break a claim, […]

What is the Function Report?

The SSI Function Report is a tool that every applicant requesting Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Benefits must submit. It is sometimes referred to by other names such as Form SSA 3373 or The Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire. These names are interchangeable and can cause the process to be more confusing than […]

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Disorders of the Spine

Many individuals seek disability benefits for back or neck impairments.  When the Social Security Administration evaluates a back claim, the agency will look at the following: The objective signs and symptoms of your back problem (objective refers to things that can be demonstrated scientifically; for example, x-rays or MRIs). Any functional limitations your back problem […]

Consultative Examinations

When seeking Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, in  many claims, the Social Security Administration will schedule Consultative Examinations for you.  It will then use the results to help them determine the severity of your impairments. Do I need a consultative exam? Consultative examinations are conducted at the request and expense of the […]

Mental or Physical examinations scheduled by The Social Security Administration

Mental or Physical examinations scheduled by The Social Security Administration When seeking Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, in  many claims, the Social Security Administration will schedule Consultative Examinations for you.  It will then use the results to help them determine the severity of your impairments.  Consultative examinations are conducted at the request […]