Evidence Examined During a Social Security Disability Hearing
Much evidence will be considered during the process of seeking Social Security Disability benefits. From the moment you apply to the administrative hearing, the Social Security Administration will look at the following critical evidence to assess whether or not you are disabled:
The Social Security Administration will likely look extensively at your medical records. They will review any testing done, including X-rays and blood work, surgeries, hospitalizations and doctor's appointments, diagnoses, treatments, and much more. They might even send you to an approved physician for additional examinations. All of these medical assessments will be considered by the SSA to determine whether you are disabled.
The SSA will look to your work history to uncover whether or not you can continue to work at your current job or another. They will consider the type of work you performed in the past and your current as well as previous salaries. Your prior employers will likely also be contacted to verify certain information.
The SSA will consider your own interpretation as to your disability and limitations. During the initial application, the SSA will ask you to put into writing your abilities and limitations. During the administrative hearing, you will also be given the opportunity to testify before the Administrative Law Judge. You should prepare for this statement and express your true feelings concerning your disability. Your attorney will also help you prep for this important part of the hearing.
Your education will also be crucial to considering the types of jobs potentially available to you. The SSA can request your school records in order to review your level of education. School records could also provide evidence of any types of conditions that could affect your employment, such as learning disorders. At times, additional testing will be performed.
At your option, you could request that your personal physician write a statement supporting your application. The SSA is required to consider the opinions of your doctor concerning your physical and mental limitations. There are also rules for submitting such statements and your attorney can assist you in obtaining an admissible opinion from your doctor. It can serve as a powerful piece of evidence in support of your SSA claim.
Third Party Opinions
The SSA will also ask for statements from those who know your physical limitations best. You will generally be asked to provide the names of people who live with you and know of your condition during the application process. These individuals might also be asked to testify during the hearing as well.
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If you need help applying for Social Security Disability benefits or appealing from your denial, the Georgia Disability Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. We represent SSD applicants across Georgia and in the Southeast and our firm has over 30 years of experience in pursuing such claims. We are also committed to assisting our clients in receiving the benefits they deserve. The sooner you seek assistance with your SSD claim, the greater your chances of obtaining full benefits. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible.
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