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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.” [...]
1. How can I tell if I am disabled enough to apply for Social Security disability benefits? Social Security regulations make it easier to be found disabled as you get older. It becomes easier for a few people at age 45 (those unable to read English), for more people at age 50, for most [...]