Glossary

These explanations are drawn from the SSA regulations, the Social Security Handbook, the SSA's Program Operations Manual System (POMS), the Medical Expert Handbook, the Vocational Expert Handbook, and SSA’s website.

2019-10-02T07:21:22+05:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Law Library, The Disability Evaluation Process|

The Social Security Administration Is a Large Bureaucracy

The sheer size of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a fundamental problem in dealing with it. It has more than 57,000 employees. There is also a separate SSA Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) that has about 8,000 employees, including about 1,300 administrative law judges and 34 administrative appeals judges. Furthermore, there [...]

2019-10-02T07:20:40+05:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Law Library, The Disability Evaluation Process|

The Role of the Treating Doctor in Social Security Disability Determinations

Questions and Answers for Physicians The Social Security Administration (SSA) and attorneys for claimants routinely ask treating doctors to provide information and opinions about their patients’ impairments. This memorandum that I wrote for the doctors treating my Milwaukee Social Security disability clients answers questions doctors have about responding to such requests. Why does a [...]

2019-10-02T07:31:49+05:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Law Library, The Disability Evaluation Process|

The Sequential Evaluation Process

The Social Security Administration (SSA) follows a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine whether you are disabled for purposes of either of the two disability programs operated by SSA -- SSI or Social Security disability. If it finds that you are disabled or not disabled at a step then the determination is over and [...]

2019-10-02T07:54:39+05:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Law Library, The Disability Evaluation Process|

Examples of Who Is and Is Not Disabled

Social Security disability law defines “disability” as an inability “to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” [...]

2019-10-02T07:27:43+05:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Law Library, The Disability Evaluation Process|
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