Social Security has a large number of rules, laws, and policies that govern what it means to be disabled.
One of the rules is that it is not enough for a claimant to testify regarding their pain, conditions, and limitations without supporting medical evidence.
In other words, you must have medical records that explain the reasons for your pain, complaints, and limitations.
This includes Xrays, MRIs, EMGs, heart tests, functional capacity exams, so on.
Doctors’ physical exams are also helpful.
SSA will also consider opinions from your doctors regarding the severity of your condition and how it limits you.
Prescriptions for canes, walkers, and disabled parking permits are very important in Social Security Disability cases.
Remember that you must prove that you cannot perform any full time work in most cases.
As you reach age 50 the general rule is that you must prove you are limited to sit down work.
This will allow you to focus on problems that will restrict your standing, walking and lifting.
Questions about your disability claim? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.