This segment of Social Security Disability Audio addresses a question that is often asked, and perhaps, in truth, asked by every single individual who decides to file a claim for disability benefits with the social security administration. That question is “Will I be found disabled by social security?”.
To give you an idea of the statistics, roughly seven out of 10 claimants who apply for disability benefits with SSA are not found disabled initially. And of those individuals who wisely decide to appeal the denial of their initial claim, more than eight out of ten are denied again. However, for those who decide to appeal a second time, this time requesting a disability hearing before a federal judge, the odds are actually favorable that they will win their case.
As this segment of the podcast illustrates, medical records are what cases are decided on. And the content of a claimant’s medical records can serve to support a case or hinder it. Some claimants may find it helpful, prior to filing a claim for benefits, to look at their own medical records to get an idea of what their records actually say about their condition and limitations. If their records have little to nothing to say about their condition, they may find it practical to speak with their physician to see if the physician can make an attempt to record observations about their physical and/or limitations (for example, difficulty sitting, standing, stooping, crouching, bending, reaching, etc). This type of information, which relates to a disability claimant’s functional capacity, is exactly the type of information that social security looks for when it decides whether to approve or deny a disability claim. However, in all candor, it goes without saying that no one should hold their breath after asking their doctor to adjust his or her approach to recording office notes.