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May 2017 Archives

SSD for claims of mental impairment

Social Security Disability claims depend on evidence. This makes some claims easier to to be approved. For instance, an individual suffering from heart disease may have a well-documented medical record, complete with tests, treatments and other evidence detailing the observable physical toll the disease has taken on the individual's heart.

SSA working on the update to the occupational info system

A very important part of a disability determination in the Social Security Disability Insurance program is Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT). This large dictionary was a compilation of job descriptions and what each job entails. It is used for a disability determination, as it is one of the tools used by SSA to decide if an applicant is able to do any other type of work given their impairments or limitations.

It's different when it happens to you

Healthcare is always a personal experience. You may read of the experience of others, but it is never quite the same thing, as when you experience yourself. For some medical conditions, like heart disease, cancer or Alzheimer's, you can imagine the stress and the fear that someone else may feel after being diagnosed, but nothing can fully prepare you to deal with it when it becomes all too real.

SSA terminology can be confusing

One of the reasons that many people look to an attorney for help in applying for Social Security Disability benefits is that the language and terminology of the disability process are not only complex but also confusing. You may read a question and think that you understand the question and how to answer it, only to find out later that your answer is incorrect and that you need to change it in order to be accurate.