Announcing service in Pocatello

Do you live in the Pocatello, ID area and need support with your Social Security Disability claim? At Match and Farnsworth, we are here to serve the greater Pocatello, ID area. Our goal is to provide you with the legal services and representation that they both need and deserve. We can provide you with concise […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Self Employment Income: The Return to Work Test

While the first two tests are the ones that are used most when determining whether or not someone is entitled to receive benefits, there is also a third test that is used to apply to people who are thinking about starting a business or returning to work more than 24 years after they first started […]

Self Employment Income: The Comparability Test of Fair Compensation

If someone is able to pass the first test, the Social Security department will then apply the second test. This will be used to see whether or not someone is being compensated at a reasonable level for the work that is being performed. Of course, this is a subjective matter. Therefore, the department will compare […]

Self Employment Income: The First Test is Significant Income

The first of the three tests that the Social Security department will use is going to check and see if someone is either giving significant services or is earning a large income. This test has two separate arms that an individual will need to pass in order to move on to the next test. First, […]