Friday, May 09, 2008

Things you should know about Social Security Disability.

I have decided today to just list some things you should know about Social Security Disability. SSA uses a five step test to determine if you are disabled. Many people who write me about why they can't do the work they have been doing. This is not what determines if you are disabled or not. This is only one step in the process. See link above to see the steps the Social Security Administration takes to determine whether you win or lose.

A person applying for SSDI or SSI should not rely on Social Security to get the information needed to win your claim. They will send for some records from the information you give them but they can not be counted on to get everything you need to win. You need to be active in your case particularly with your own doctors to make sure you have all the prove you need to win your Social Security Disability Benefits.

Your age is a big factor in your chances of winning SSDI or SSI benefits. This is especially true for those with physical disabilities. If you are younger than 50 years old usually you will have a more difficult case.

If you do not speak English this can in some situations help your case but if you can speak and understand English and are trying to pretend you don't this will hurt your case tremendously as your credibility for everything else you state will come in to doubt.

If you have a letter from your doctor stating you are disabled this is not enough. ALJs and employees of the Administration often ignore these letters if they are not supported by the doctors own treatment records and the rest of the medical evidence. The decision of disability is for SSA to decide not your doctor.

If you do not understand what you have to prove for your particular case or do not have the ability to present your case well you should get a lawyer to help you. You do not have to pay lawyers upfront they get paid on a contingency bases and only get paid if you win your case.

There is much more you should know and you should research as much as you can even if you have a lawyer. For more information on what you need to know and how to win Social Security Disability follow the link.