The Listing of Impairments | Bellaire Beach Social Security Disability Attorney

The Social Security Administration has created a Listing of Impairments which it uses at Hurdle 3.

The body is divided into “body systems”:

Musculoskeletal System

Special Senses and Speech

Respiratory System

Cardiovascular System

Digestive System

Genito-Urinary System

Hematological Disorders

Skin Disorders

Endocrine System

Multiple Body Systems

Neurological

Mental Disorders

Malignant Neoplastic Disease

Immune System

Within each are physical or mental impairments that Social Security will recognize as disabling if you meet each and every one of the criteria listed in the impairment. If you meet those criteria, you will be awarded Social Security at Hurdle 3. If not, it is on to Hurdles 4 and 5!

I will cover each system in detail and discuss the most common impairments within those systems. You can look at the Listing Of Impairments here. Welcome to Human Anatomy 101!

These issues are also covered here.

Your Electronic Social Security Disability File | Sarasota County Social Security Disability Lawyer

Did you know the  Social Security Administration (SSA) used to have a paper file on your claim. In went your application and forms you filed out, medical records, your earnings record, vocational reports… reams and ream of paper.

What happens to paper? It gets lost… even if you handed it to the clerk at the front desk or even gave them a box of file materials, it still gets lost!

SSA has started using an electronic folder system. Your records and file are scanned so there is an electronic folder. We can’t yet access and look at your file but that is coming. The pilot program should start in June 2008.

Your social security  disability attorney will be able to look at your file on line when the claim is received at the hearing office,  a hearing has has been set and once a draft decision by the administrative law judge has been prepared.

Once it is scanned, no more paper to lose.

Electronic folders will help process your claim more quickly.

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Why Is There Such a Delay In Handling Your Claim? | Hillsborough Country Social Security Disability Attorney

Did you know  that the number of new  initial applications has increased by 20% over the last 10 years?  Did you know that in the last 10 years the backlog has doubled?

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report that looks at the reasons for this backlog. The report, Social Security Disability: Better Planning, Management and Evaluation Could Help Address Backlogs, GAO-08-40 (Dec.2007) can be found at www.gao.gov.

According to the GAO the backlog is due to the filing of initial applications by baby boomers, staff losses, and SSA management decisions.

Why the delay at the initial application and reconsideration stages? These stages are handled in each state by the Disability Determination Services unit. These are state and not federal employees.

One of the most fascinating numbers in the report is that Disability Determination Services (DDS) staffing has only grown by 4% in the last ten years while the number of disability applications increased some 20%. Even more important number is this startling  one – DDS employees quit at twice the rate as SSA employees!

Inadequate staffing and double the cases. No reason people quit. All of which means, unfortunately, DELAY!

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Will Your VA Doctor Help You? Part 2 | Pinellas County Social Security Disability Lawyer

It is crucial that you present medical evidence about the condition(s) that prevent you from working. This includes medical evidence about your physical and mental capabilities.

All too often VA doctors have refused to complete medical forms and respond to Veteran’s request for information. The VA has now enacted  Directive 2007-024, “Provision of Medical Statements and Completion of Forms by VA Health Care Providers. It can be found here or at The Department of Veterans Affairs.

If your VA doctor refuses to cooperate, run a copy of this Directive off and gently remind them of their obligation to comply. For more help regarding this matter contact experienced attorneys Cavey & Barrett.

Fast Track Claims Processing for Veterans’ Social Security Claims | Pasco County Social Security Disability Attorney

The Social Security Administration has a “Wounded Warriors” website that explains the Social Security claims process, how to apply for benefits, what types of benefits are available (including family members), and what can be done to speed up the decision.

There is also a link to the “Disability Benefits for the Wounded Warrior” publication.

The Social Security Disability claims for military service members who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001 are to handled on a fast track basis.

For more information look here.

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