The role of the ‘blue book’ in determining Social Security Disability eligibility

Do you know what the Social Security Blue Book is? Formally titled “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security,” it’s a list of disabilities that presumptively qualifies a claimant for disability benefits. Unfortunately, the Blue Book is often misleading and misunderstood by people who apply for SS benefits. Many people come to us under the impression that they will be automatically awarded benefits because their diagnosis is in the book, but this list is extremely nuanced and has extremely detailed requirements. To learn more, watch the short video.

By |2022-04-21T15:03:01-05:00April 15th, 2022|Application process, Blog, Eligibility, SSD|Comments Off on The role of the ‘blue book’ in determining Social Security Disability eligibility

Most Common Reasons Why Workers’ Disability Applications Are Denied

There are many reasons the SSA may deny a worker’s disability application, from lack of information to support a claim of disability to a determination that the disability isn’t severe enough. Below are some of the most common reasons a disability application may be denied.

By |2022-04-12T15:05:29-05:00April 12th, 2022|Application process, SSD|Comments Off on Most Common Reasons Why Workers’ Disability Applications Are Denied

What are Social Security Rulings and Acquiescence Rulings?

The rulings fall into two main categories. Social Security Rulings set a precedent on how to apply the law. Acquiescence Rulings detail how the SSA changes its policies after a ruling by a US Court of Appeals. Read on to learn more about both of these topics.

By |2022-01-20T17:16:41-06:00January 15th, 2022|Application process, Blog, SSD|Comments Off on What are Social Security Rulings and Acquiescence Rulings?

What is the Purpose of a Function Report for Social Security Disability?

When you apply for social security disability you will be required to complete a Function Report (Form SSA-3373-BK). The purpose of the Function Report is to provide the Social Security Administration with information about how your disability affects your ability to perform everyday functions.

By |2022-01-05T14:22:05-06:00January 4th, 2022|Application process, Blog|Comments Off on What is the Purpose of a Function Report for Social Security Disability?

What Is A Consultative Exam In The SSD Application Process

You provided the Social Security Administration(SSA) with detailed medical records from your treating physician as part of your Social Security Disability application. The information contains a medical source statement, statement of diagnosis, medical and treatment notes, and laboratory tests and other imaging that supports your disability. Why then is the SSA requiring that you undergo a consultative exam? What exactly can you expect during one?

By |2021-12-20T14:26:31-06:00December 20th, 2021|Application process, Blog, SSD|Comments Off on What Is A Consultative Exam In The SSD Application Process

How Do You fill Out A Third Party Function Report In A Social Security Disability Case?

Don’t allow third parties to fill them out because I have never seen a Third Party Function Report used to help a claimant get approved for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration(SSA) uses them to deny claimant’s benefits. These third parties are not part of the case and they do not have to be.

By |2022-01-05T14:20:07-06:00October 20th, 2021|Application process, Blog, SSD|Comments Off on How Do You fill Out A Third Party Function Report In A Social Security Disability Case?

Guidelines for Answering a Social Security Function Report

Our firm has been helping claimants receive Social Security Disability benefits for over 25  years. In our experience, there are details that can help or hurt you when completing paperwork during the process. Here is a video and some guidelines for you to use when answering questions contained in a Social Security Function report.

By |2022-01-05T14:23:30-06:00October 20th, 2021|Application process, Blog, SSD|Comments Off on Guidelines for Answering a Social Security Function Report

What Happens After You Get Approved for Benefits

First, congratulations! You can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing your monthly disability benefit check will soon be on its way. But you’re also probably wondering – what now? Here’s what to expect after you get approved for benefits.

By |2021-10-05T15:46:41-05:00September 22nd, 2021|Application process, Blog, SSD|Comments Off on What Happens After You Get Approved for Benefits

What Not to Say at a Social Security Disability Hearing

Although Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings are less formal than traditional courtroom trials, they nevertheless cause many people to feel anxious or stressed. Here is what not to say at your SSD hearing (and how to soften the blow if you can’t avoid it).

By |2021-07-09T11:05:46-05:00July 8th, 2021|Application process, Blog|Comments Off on What Not to Say at a Social Security Disability Hearing