Monday, August 27, 2012

How Social Security Determines your Limitations for a Disability Claim

They ask you questions about how you spend your day. For an anxiety disorder, you may be asked questions that seem innocuous, but are loaded with information for the judge. For example, do you have friends, do you visit them, do you go out to dinner, do you watch movies, read books, take the bus, go shopping, go to church, have hobbies, drive, have an email address?

The answers to all of these questions provide information about the level of anxiety a person experiences, and the degree to which it reduces the available job base. They answer such underlying questions regarding how much you can be around crowds, find your own way, concentrate and pay attention, and participate in community and family events.

The more you can do these things, the less disabling your anxiety appears. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What Can I Do to Strengthen My Claim for Social Security Disability Benefits in Sacramento?

Get regular medical treatment for your condition(s).

The most important evidence in your Social Security claim is your medical evidence and that is why it is crucial to maintain consistent treatment. In Sacramento, an Administrative Law Judge will base his or her decision upon the medical evidence in your file. They will look to see if you have been getting regular treatment for the impairments that you are claiming. If your medical records are not recent or do not accurately reflect your stated medical impairments, it can have a negative effect on your claim. Make sure all of your treatment is documented and up to date.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Preparing for Your Social Security Disability Hearing in Sacramento

At your Social Security Disability Hearing in Sacramento the ALJ has already reviewed all your medical records. He knows your doctor’s perspective on your condition, now he wants to get your perspective on your condition.

The ALJ will ask you lots of questions in order to get a better idea of your condition and how it affects you. To improve your chances of getting a favorable outcome, you want to be a good witness. Below is a list of 9 things you can do when testifying that will help you be a good witness:

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Medical/Vocational Grids – Sacramento

What are “Grids”?
If a person applying for disability benefits in Sacramento is found to be unable to return to their past work, then the next question is whether they can do any other work.  If the claimant CAN do other work then they will not be disabled.  If they CANNOT do any other work, then they will be found disabled under Social Security’s rules.  

To answer this question Social Security looks to the Medical-Vocational Guidelines, or “Grids” to see where a claimant falls in regard to the combination of their:

Friday, March 30, 2012

What Happens if I Go Back to Work After Being Awarded Social Security Disability Benefits in Sacramento?

The effect returning to work has on your disability benefits depends on whether you receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) in Sacramento.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Should I Hire a Disability Attorney in Sacramento

Filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits in Sacramento can be an intimidating process. Let’s face it; many of us are simply not well versed on the intricacies of the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, this is not a journey you have to take alone. There are many qualified and experienced disability law attorneys that our willing to offer their expertise and assist you in obtaining your benefits.