What factors do judges consider to have a negative impact on your Social Security  disability case? Knowing what these factors are can increase your chances of receiving benefits. That’s why today I’m sharing what you need to be aware of when navigating your SSD case. Watch our short video.


  • Reporting that you’re working or working for cash to your doctors. Your medical records provide judges with a significant amount of information, and if you inform your doctor that you’re working, it will raise red flags. Moreover, if you’re working for cash, you’re likely not reporting your income to the IRS, which could be considered tax fraud.

  • Reporting that you do yard work or housework. Yard work is physically demanding, involving activities such as bending, squatting, stooping, kneeling, and lifting. If your medical records indicate that you’re performing yard work, but you report that you can’t do light work like standing in a warehouse or sitting behind a desk, this can create conflicts in the medical evidence and raise red flags.

  • Reporting that you’re taking care of other people. While it may refer to a variety of activities, judges often assume that you’re doing someone else’s cooking, cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping. If you report that you’re taking care of someone, the judge may assume that you’re performing activities that are inconsistent with your reported physical limitations.

  • Reporting that you travel. Judges know that traveling can be physically taxing, involving activities like sitting in a plane, walking long distances, and carrying heavy luggage. If your medical records indicate that you’re traveling, it may conflict with your reported physical limitations.


Navigating the Social Security system is not easy, but understanding the factors that judges consider when evaluating your SSD case is crucial. If you’re unsure about what to report to your doctor or how to navigate the system, call or email us.  We’re happy to share our expertise with you.