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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Tips to Making Your Claim Go Faster

Want your SSDI claim faster? Is it just taking too long? Watch this video for 5 steps you can take now to understand and speed up the process.   For more information about speeding up your claim, check out these helpful blog posts.

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 […]