It feels like you’re stuck in an impossible jam.
Your health problems have forced you to stop working. Your doctor said you have a permanent disability. But when you tried to get Social Security Disability to keep you going financially, your benefits were denied.
What happened? And how can you fix it?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has highly particular standards for deciding who gets disability benefits. It uses its own standards, not your doctor’s.
It is extremely easy to get denied for many possible reasons. But you can appeal the denial. Appealing will include making sure your medical evidence covers what Social Security needs to see to approve your benefits.
This is what the Ohio disability lawyers at Horenstein, Nicholson & Blumenthal do every day.
We help hard-working Ohioans whose lives have been disrupted by bad health win disability benefits that can put you back on solid ground.
On this page, we’ll explain why your doctor and Social Security may not be telling you the same things.
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The main qualifications for Social Security Disability are that you can’t work, the reason you can’t work is serious health problems, and your health problems and inability to work will last at least a year.
Your doctor may view a permanent medical condition as a disability. But Social Security will run it through several additional tests:
For that last point, Social Security will give you a rating called your “residual functional capacity,” or RFC. This is a measure of how your health limitations effect your day-to-day capabilities.
Your doctor probably didn’t view your health issues through the same lens, which could be why he or she gave you a different answer from Social Security.
Social Security will have its own doctors and medical experts examine your disability application. Sometimes, it will ask you to get a new medical exam by a doctor chosen by Social Security.
It will make its decision independently of your doctor.
A Social Security Disability lawyer can help you bridge this gap. An experienced disability attorney knows what kinds of medical information to gather from your doctor, and how to square that with Social Security’s rules.
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