The Elder and Disability Law Firm, APC
The importance of detailed information on SSD applications
California residents are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits based on the extent to which they are limited by a mental or physical condition. Therefore, it is important to be as specific as possible when talking to a doctor about such a condition. For instance, it may be a good idea to mention trouble with reaching or standing because of a bad back or other physical ailment during a checkup.
This may make it easier for a doctor to tell a case examiner exactly how the condition impacts an applicant. From there, an examiner can tell whether or not it will make it possible to return to a previous job or seek any type of other employment in the future. As a general rule, it will rely heavily on the opinion of a doctor or other professionals who have an understanding of a person's mental or physical condition.
It is important to note that the exact condition that a person has does not necessarily have any bearing on an examiner's decision. The only exception is if the condition is considered to be listed. Unless specific information is communicated to a doctor by an applicant, it may not be included in files sent to the examiner, and this may lead him or her to deny an application for benefits.
Generally speaking, disabled individuals who are applying for benefits should be as detailed as possible when submitting their applications. This means having a doctor include all of the minor and major ways that a condition impairs a person whether these limitations are physical or mental. Individuals who are seeking assistance from the government may wish to enlist the help of an attorney throughout the process.