Element 7: Preparing for a Successful ALJ Hearing
Why does Congress want to reduce Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for millions of Americans in 2016? The answer lies in the nature of the specific benefits, and where the funding for disability benefits originate.
Element 6: The Importance of Medical Evidence
Element 5: Ensuring Maximum Past Due Benefits Are Paid to Our Clients - The Public Disability Offset
Element 4: Establish and Maintain Credibility Of Our Clients and the Attorney
Element 3: Strong Advocacy Before and During the Hearing: Claimant and Expert Testimony
Element 2: Preparation for the Hearing: Submitting and Evaluating Medical Evidence
Element 1 : Communication Between Client and Attorney
A severe mental disorder can affect an individual's ability to work in many ways. However, having a definitive diagnosis of a mental disorder is not automatically grounds for receiving Social Security Disability benefits. As with all claims for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), the burden of proving disability is on the applicant, and proof requires strong objective and/or clinical medical evidence.
As you may have heard or read in the news lately, getting Social Security Disability benefits can be a long and arduous process - and the burden of proof is on the applicant. To evaluate and make a determination of disability, the Social Security Administration uses a "5 Step Sequential Evaluation Process". Although the 5 step process may look simple at first glance, there can be enormous complexity at each step of the evaluation.