The Social Security Administration has a myriad of complicated and confusing rules and regulations it employs to determine if a claimant will receive disability benefits. When you file for disability, an initial step the SSA disability examiner will take is to compare your medical condition with SSA’s Blue Book, which is a detailed list of impairments including required symptoms, clinical findings and laboratory test for each. If your condition either “meets” or “equals” a listing, you may be approved for disability benefits.
If the SSA finds your impairments meet a listing, approval is almost certain. However, Greensboro disability lawyers will caution that merely because your condition has the same name as one of the listings, it does not mean the SSA will find you disabled. Specific details, such as severity and duration, as examples, will be looked at. Most applicants’ conditions do not meet a listing.
Recognizing that each individual applicant may have unique mental or physical impairments, disability examiners are permitted to evaluate your condition to determine if it is as severe as a listing. Typically, equaling a listing is more difficult and the burden of prove will be on you, the claimant to demonstrate this to the SSA’s satisfaction. Your Greensboro disability lawyers may have to prove, for instance:
More than 50 percent of applicants are denied disability on the initial application and then on reconsideration. If your condition is so severe or clear-cut, you may be approved without delay, but this is not true for most claimants. Attempting to prove your impairment equals a listing is an uphill battle that requires both medical knowledge and an understanding of the workings of the SSA system.
The best opportunity for approval for most denied applicants is the disability hearing. For assistance at this critical stage of the proceeding or questions on whether you should file a claim, call the Bridgman Law Offices, disability lawyers in Greensboro NC at 704-815-6055.
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