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.
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Diseases such as this will prevent people from working and can be the basis for the finding of disability. However, most Social Security Disability cases center on typical conditions such as arthritis and degenerative spinal disease. Make sure to contact us if you have a question whether you would qualify for disability.
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This may also impact those on Workers’ Compensation and seeking Social Security Disability.
Here are some ideas to help your Social Security Disability case.
If you need a cane or walker, make sure to ask the doctor for a prescription.
This provides objective evidence to SSA.
If you have problems walking and standing for distances, make sure to ask your doctor to complete a disability parking placard for the Secretary of State.
This will alert SSA to your problems.
If you are having problems with using your hands or need to elevate your legs, make sure to ask your doctor for a note explaining your special needs.
This lets SSA know the severity of your problems.
It never hurts to get this type of evidence early into your case.
Remember Social Security must decide two things.
First, are you disabled.
Second, when did you become disabled.
Questions about your disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.