What Is SSA Really Looking For?

The general public’s understanding of what SSA is looking for in the medical and non-medical evidence is poor. Here is a broad look at what most people DON’T know about what makes one eligible for benefits.
Severity (Most people don’t realize how severely ill they must be to become eligible for their benefits.)

Duration (Most people don’t know that their severe conditions have had to prevent them from working in a full-time capacity for 12 months or more, or, their conditions are “expected” to prevent them from working for 12 months or more, or, are expected to end in death.)

Functionality (Most people don’t know that SSA is looking for information that tells them how poorly functioning a person is in relation to their disabling conditions and how that relates to working even a sedentary full-time job.)

Written Testimony (Most people don’t know that family, friends, and others can provide written testimony in the form of written letters to SSA as additional evidence of how poorly a claimant functions during the day.)

Sustainability (Most people don’t know that even their work records can show proof that a person does not have the ability to sustain a full-time job for very long as a result of their disabling conditions.)

FILE RIGHT AWAY! (Most people don’t realize that the longer they wait to file a Social Security Disability application their monthly benefit amount keeps getting smaller each quarter they have not worked. You have to keep contributing FICA taxes each quarter to maximize the monthly income you are entitled to or your monthly benefit amount continues to get less and less.)

Always appeal if you feel you are truly disabled (Most people don’t realize that their appeal can be done on-line at SSA.gov or with just a couple of brief forms. It really is simple to request a reconsideration after a first denial and request a hearing after a second denial. Almost two out of three American’s who have filed a claim for disability benefits gets denied the first time. Only one third of those that receive a denial file an appeal. One does not have to hire a representative right away to file these appeals.)