We do all the paperwork to win your case!
When you first come to see us, we will conduct an initial interview to gather the basic facts of your case. These facts will help us determine next steps, and we will advise you on how to proceed.
Social Security bases its decisions on "objection" medical evidence. Examples of good objection evidence would be the results of a straight-leg test (for back problems) or exercise stress test (for heart problems), evidence of the inability to stand up from a seated position or to balance while standing, or, for mental claims, the results of memory tests or clinical psychiatric notes.
We help you decide which doctors to ask for supportive statements on your functional limitations, which medical records are relevant to submit to the administrative law judge who will hear your appeal, and, most importantly, what to do with bad evidence that could hurt your case.
We might suggest you get additional medical evidence as the doctor's statements must be detailed, and we may suggest you undergo additional testing. We may ask the SSA to schedule a consultative examination (CE) with one of their doctors or ask that you get the required testing done on your own.
Statements from employers, relatives, and friends, might be requested, as well as supporting statements from physicians.
We put this information together by requesting the medical records needed to win your claim, we do all the paperwork, and submit it on your behalf to the Social Security Administration (SSA) at the appropriate time before your hearing.
Before your pre-hearing meeting or phone conference, we will determine what issues might still need to be addressed, and make sure you have all the relevant documents ready for your meeting.
We make sure you are prepared for your hearing
Before your hearing we will go over all the questions you are likely to face during your hearing and prepare the relevant documents needed to win your case.
Cases that win are the cases that are better documented, meaning applicants who have good medical records are more likely to be granted disability benefits if they have a serious medical condition. To prove you are not capable of sedentary work, we will use the documented symptoms of your illness, the opinions of your treating doctors, your testimony, and any other objective medical evidence in your file to show why you can't do various sit-down jobs. For example, if your doctor has said that you can't lift up to 10 pounds or sit up to two hours per day, this will help prove that you are capable of "less than sedentary work," meaning that Social Security will have to find you disabled.
If you are considering filing for disability benefits you should be seeing medical professionals as often as you can, and making sure they document your disabilities, limitations, and ineffective treatments.
Here are a few tips on how you can more effectively work with your medical providers:
Always describe your symptoms as specifically as you can.
Let them know if your disabilities are making you depressed or anxious.
Let them know when you became too sick to work, and why.
If a doctor suggests a treatment, try the treatment, document the results (good or bad), and why you feel the treatment was effective or ineffective.
If you are taking medications are there any side effects?
If you take pain medication, do you ever take more than you are supposed to?
Do you currently abuse alcohol or illegal drugs?
If you abuse alcohol or take illegal drugs, are you seeking help for your problem?
Do you have health insurance?
Can you take care of your personal hygiene? Cooking? Cleaning? Driving? Shopping?
Are there things you used to enjoy that you can no longer do?
How do you spend an average day?
Can you lift a gallon of milk?
Can you walk at least a block?
Can you climb a flight of stairs?
Do you get along with others?