Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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


Get regular medical treatment for your condition(s).

The most important evidence in your Social Security claim for Depression is your medical evidence and that is why it is crucial to maintain consistent treatment. 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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Preparing for Your Social Security Disability Hearing for Depression


At your Social Security Disability Hearing for depression the Administrative Law Judge (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 - Depression


What are “Grids”?
If a person applying for disability benefits for depression 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 for Depression?


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) for Depression.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Should I Hire a Disability Attorney for Depression?


Filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits for Depression 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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Social Security Disability and Obesity


The Obesity Listing
In 1999, SSA deleted the listing for Obesity. Listing 9.09 required that a claimant filing a Social Security Disability claim exceed a certain weight based on his or her height. Once this requirement was met, the claimant only had to exhibit one of the five following impairments to meet the listing and qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits.