Social Security Disability Claims: What is the 75 Day Waiver?

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a challenging process. There is a lot of material to gather, a lot of paperwork to fill out, and then, a lot of waiting. Are you concerned about how long the wait may take? Would you like to learn about how you might be able to speed […]

Why Does it Take So Long to Get My First Disability Check?

The process of applying for Social Security disability can be long and arduous. Therefore, once you find out that you have qualified for benefits, you might be frustrated to hear that you need to wait again. The judge has already found you disabled, so why is there another delay? Unfortunately, many people are active in […]

Why Do I Need A Payee?

   The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can be complex. Even though you might think your work is done once you are confirmed “disabled”, this just is not the case. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will likely tell you to designate a payee.     If you don’t know, an SSA payee […]

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 […]