Proving a Social Security Disability Case
Claimants are often surprised that they may not be entitled to their Social Security Disability benefits even if they have contributed thousands of dollars in employment taxes over the course of their career. To receive Social Security Disability benefits it is up to you, the claimant, to prove your disabling mental or physical health condition is so severe that you are unable to work and your condition must is expected to last at least 12 months.
How can you prove you are truly disabled and unable to work? It is not easy. You must have a medically recognized condition which is supported by medical records from a valid medical source. Although alternative medicine may have grown in popularity and acceptance, the Social Security Administration does not give much credibility to diagnosis from holistic medical doctors.
Your medical records must also prove that your condition is permanent or at least expected to last 12 months and is so severe that you do not have the ability to perform substantial gainful activity. The Social Security Administration will review your mental or physical health condition to determine how it affects your daily life. If you have a mental disorder the SSA will review your social functioning, concentration, persistence and daily activities. If you are unable to live independently, maintain personal hygiene, or have a record of violence or hostility at work with frequent hospitalizations, this could be evidence of a severe mental health condition.
The most important way to prove your mental or physical health condition is to seek consistent medical care and get supporting documentation. Documentation can include: evidence of examination, XRAYS, MRIs, hospitalizations and other tests which outline your condition. Doctors statements of disability which document your residual functional capacity and your limitations to perform work can also be valuable evidence of disability.
Social Security Disability benefits may be denied, regardless of the severity of the condition, if the condition is not expected to last at least 12 months. Social Security Disability Insurance will also be denied if you have not worked long enough and contributed enough in taxes to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. Contact the Social Security Administration for more information if you are unsure of whether or not you qualify for benefits.
Social Security Disability lawyers have experience proving claimants are disabled. If you are unsure of whether or not you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, contact a Social Security Disability lawyer for help. The Social Security Administration maintains a list of medical impairments which will automatically qualify claimants for benefits. You may, however, be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits if the Social Security Administration determines you have very little residual functional capacity to work due to your age, work experience or educational level.
Is it difficult to prove you are disabled and win a Social Security Disability claim? It can be, but good medical documentation and a professional Social Security Disability attorney can help.