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SSD benefits and proof of mental disabilities

Disabled individuals in California may apply for Social Security disability benefits on the basis of a physical or mental condition that impairs their ability to work. A mental disability may be proven with medical records from an applicant's psychologist or psychiatrist, family physician and any other medical provider who has treated the applicant for the mental condition.

Supreme Court will determine an important issue in SSI hearings

In a rare event, an issue in a Social Security Disability case will be heard by the US Supreme Court. As the issue involves the common practice of utilizing the testimony of a vocational expert, the Supreme Court ruling will have a substantial impact on disability claims for those in Sacramento, California, and throughout the country.

What examiners look for when reviewing disability applications

If a California resident is applying for Social Security disability benefits, the first step is to send an application that will be reviewed by an examiner. The examiner will pay special attention to any jobs performed within the past 15 years as skills used during this period of time are generally still relevant. During the analysis of the applicant's job history, an examiner will look for job titles and dates of employment.

Social Security benefits and back pay

Many people who are no longer able to work in California due to a disability can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. When the claim is approved, the claimant is awarded back pay based on the date of onset of the disability. The onset date is determined by the administration after an examination of the claimant's medical records.

Don't minimize disabilities when applying for benefits

When people in California face disabling illnesses and injuries that prevent them from returning to work, they may feel pressured to minimize their symptoms and conditions. People may feel embarrassed or ashamed about their disabilities, or they may face years of family or social conditioning that encourage them to dismiss their own pain. However, this can work against a person considerably when he or she is applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

How to obtain medical records at a low cost

When a person submits an application for Social Security disability benefits, an examiner relies on an applicant's medical records to make a decision. If an individual has not sought treatment prior to submitting an application, there are many ways to do so. California residents who don't have money to see a doctor may opt to go to a free clinic or a nearby emergency room for treatment.

Social Security disability appeals

Most people in California who are no longer able to work due to a disability apply for Social Security benefits. However, many claims are denied after an initial application and reconsideration. Applicants have a limited amount of time to appeal a denial of a claim.

How a disability application is reviewed

California residents who are unable to work or make a sufficient living could be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. There are several criteria used to determine if a person is qualified. First, anyone who is making more than $1,180 per month will not likely be eligible to receive benefits. Applicants making at or below that amount must be able to show that their condition is or will last for more than 12 months.

People should appeal durational denials of disability benefits

A durational denial by the Social Security Administration represents a decision based on the expectation that an applicant will regain function within 12 months. Applicants in California who were denied disability benefits based on this assumption should launch an appeal because disability examiners do not necessarily make accurate predictions about a person's chance of recovery.

Medical records and opinions are important in disability claims

Social Security disability claims are not decided based on whether or not the claimant has a specific condition. Rather, they are decided based on the extent to which the claimant is limited by the mental or physical condition. The specific condition is often irrelevant. In California and across the country, the primary goal of the Social Security Administration is to determine in what ways the claimant is limited.

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