Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

What is needed for a Social Security Disability application?

For Staten Islanders who are suffering from a condition that prevents them from working, Social Security Disability Income is important to make ends meet and get the medical treatment they need. However, it is wise to remember that the application process requires evidence that the issue is severe enough to warrant SSDI benefits.

Knowing the evidentiary requirements for SSDI is a foundational aspect of a case. The applicant must provide medical evidence to show that the impairment is severe enough to prevent them from working. The SSA will assist the applicant to obtain the medical evidence from medical sources who have conducted an evaluation, an examination and given treatment for the medical issues. Other information, such as evidence from health facilities, medical clinics and hospitals is also beneficial to the case.

The evidence is required to show that the claimant is impaired in some way. The evidence must be objective and must come from an acceptable medical source. Regarding severity, the issue must be problematic enough to negatively impact the person's ability to do their usual work. Non-medical evidence is allowed to bolster the case. This can come from educators, family members, caregivers, employers, neighbors and friends. The applicant must tell the SSA about any evidence connected to the impairment. If additional evidence arises even after the application has been submitted, that new evidence must be added to the claim.

From the evidence, the SSA must be able to determine: the condition's severity and nature; the amount of time the person has suffered from the impairment; and if the person can perform physical and mental requirements to work. Symptoms are also key when providing evidence. That will include: where their pain is located, how long it lasts and its intensity; medication that is taken; strategies to reduce or alleviate pain; and other considerations that impact the person's functional limitations. It might be necessary to have a consultative examination from a medical professional to accrue more evidence.

Seeking disability benefits is not a simple matter and any mistake can result in a denied claim. Having legal help when filing the application and providing the evidence can be critical. When applying for Social Security Disability Income, it is imperative for the applicant to have advice every step of the way. Calling a law firm experienced in SSDI can help.

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