Deciding if you want to Represent Yourself for Your Social Security Disability Appeal Case: Part 4

Judge, how long will it take to get a written decision in the mail? I do not know, just go home and watch out for the mailman.

Judge, how long will it take to get a written decision in the mail? I do not know, just go home and watch out for the mailman.

Please keep this in mind provide Social Security Administration with as much relevant medical evidence documents as possible.

How to Prepare for a Disability Hearing:  Some disability claims are approved at the hearing level.  A hearing is carried out in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who will review the medical evidence you submitted, and listen to your disability argument.

The Administrative Law Judge will question you about your medical condition and may be asked to clarify the questions about your medical records.  At the hearing, there will be a vocational expert (VE) at the hearing.  A vocational expert is a person who is experienced to give him or her opinion about the types of job you can or cannot work due to your physical and mental limitations.  The Administrative Law Judge will take the vocational expert opinion on whether you are unable or able to work.

At the hearing, you must be ready to explain any inconsistencies you may have in your medical records.  Also, you must be prepared to cross-examine the vocational expert if he or she testifies you are able to work.

The Appeals Council and Federal Appeals:  If the Administrative Law Judge denies your claim by mistake, then you can request the Appeals Council (AC) to review the judge decision, however, the Appeal Council is not required to review the decision if they  think it is not necessary.  If the Appeal Council denied your claim or refuse to review the Administrative Law Judge decision then you can appeal your case to the federal district court.  Unfortunately the Social Security Administration will not help you with the federal appeal, however, please follow all of the court rules carefully, if you do not then your complaint will be dismissed.  This is where it make sense to hire a disability attorney for the Appeal Council or federal court hearing.

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Deciding if you want to Represent Yourself for Your Social Security Disability Appeal Case: Part 3

The Social Security Disability determination process. Many Social Security Disability initial claims are processed through a network of local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and State agencies are usually called Disability Determination Services or (DDSs).

The Social Security Disability determination process. Many Social Security Disability initial claims are processed through a network of local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and State agencies are usually called Disability Determination Services or (DDSs).

Recognized Other Ways to Getting Approved for SSDI or SSI

There are other ways to win your claim even if you are unable to get approved under a blue book listing. Below are some examples:

The Grids: Are a series of tables that helps Social Security to find out if an applicant is disabled or not disabled is determine by an applicant’s education, the skill level of their work history, person’s physical residual functional capacity, and age. The only time when Social Security used the grids is when an applicant is unable to do their past work, however, it is useful for getting older claimants approved for their disability benefits.

The combination of Impairments: Many claimants have more than one disability that prevents them from working. If this applies to you, then the Social Security Administration will consider the combined effects to all of your medical conditions on your ability to work or not. The Social Security Administration will review your RFC report in your file to determine if you can still work.

The combination of non-exertional and exertional limitations: An exertional limitation is an affects your ability to do the physical job requirements like carrying, lifting, standing, and sitting. Non-exertional limitations have an affect your ability to do mental and emotional requirements of a job by getting along with your boss, co-workers, and following directions. If your medical condition has both non-exertional and exertional impairments, then Social Security Administration will combine both effects on your ability to work a job. The more disability limitations a claimant has, it is most likely they will get approved.

Please keep this in mind provide Social Security Administration with as much relevant medical evidence documents as possible….

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Deciding if you want to Represent Yourself for Your Social Security Disability Appeal Case: Part 2

Purchase the Self-Help E-Book “How to win your Social Security Disability or SSI Case without an Attorney” to speed up your claim.

Purchase the Self-Help E-Book “How to win your Social Security Disability or SSI Case without an Attorney” to speed up your claim.

All of your medical providers such as physician, specialist, physical therapy psychiatric, and mental health counselor, however, you can request these documents from them after you sign a release formSome medical providers charge a fee for gathering your medical records and copying.  Most of the time medical providers will not charge you a fee for medical records but will charge an attorney for them.  That’s why attorneys have their clients to request medical records and test results documents.  In some states, they have laws what fee can be charged to obtain your copies of your medical records, or prohibit physicians from charging a fee for records for disability cases.  Therefore, when requesting your medical documents or test results, inform them this is a Social Security Disability appeal case that way most likely you will not be charged for them.

Only submit relevant medical records that are going to help you’re your disability approved for your case.  For example, if your claim is having back problems that cause you unable to work then do not submit medical records for an ophthalmologist or an oral surgeon.  Below are some examples of medical records you might need to submit it depends on what is the reason of your disability claim:

  • all medical emergency room documents
  • medical discharge summaries documents from hospitalizations
  • MRI reports documents, X-ray pictures, and CT Scan documents
  • all lab reports test documents
  • all biopsy result in documents
  • surgical  summary documents
  • physician office visitors notes
  • list of medication with dosages prescribe by your doctor and if there any side effects.  You can get a list of medication from your pharmacy too
  • psychiatrist or therapist treatment documents
  • occupational or physical therapy documents, and
  • school records from the last grade you completed and I.Q. tests.

This is very important, make sure the Social Security Administration have all providers…

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