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How credibility is determined when evaluating a claim for disability benefits

When the Social Security Administration evaluates if an individual is unable to work and entitled to benefits because of a medical or psychological condition, they look at many factors to determine what impact the conditions have on a person’s work capacity. These factors include medical records, statements made by physicians about a person’s work capacity […]

How Social Security determines if your impairment is disabling

There are very few conditions that are considered disabling with just a diagnosis. The majority of impairments are evaluated by determining if they cause functional impairment which meets specific rules or which would be significant enough to preclude an individual from engaging in full time employment.   Functional Impairments A functional impairment is a physical […]

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: […]

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