Posts Tagged ‘disability claimants’

Consultative Examinations in Social Security Disabilty Claims

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

When you apply for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, sometimes the Social Security Administration (SSA) may decide you need to have a consultative examination (CE) or tests with a medical doctor before they can determine if you qualify for disability benefits.

The Disability Determination Services (DDS) in your state reviews your disability claim, will schedule and pay for the medical examination or tests and will review this documentation along with all of your other information in your application in making a decision.

The doctor who sees you will only do an examination, will send a report to the DDS and will not treat you or prescribe medications for you.

The claimant will receive a letter from the SSA informing them whether they are disabled. If the claimant does not agree with the decision the letter will advise the claimant on how to appeal the decision. If the claim is denied and you do not already have an attorney representing you then you should hire an attorney to file any necessary appeals on your behalf.

James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Attorney

What Daily Activity Questions Are Asked At The Social Security Disability Hearing?

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

At the Social Security disability hearing the claimant will be asked about their daily activities by the judge or their attorney, such as:

Are you licensed to drive?
Do you drive?
Do you have difficulty driving?
Are you able to drive long distances?
What time do you get up in the morning?
What time to you go to sleep?
Do you sleep well at night?
Do you rest during the day?
Do you lie down during the day?
What time do you eat meals?
Do you prepare your own meals?
Are you able to perform the following household chores?
Washing dishes? Washing Clothes? Vacuuming? Making beds?
Take out the garbage? Mow the yard? Do other housework?
Do you take walks?
Do you watch TV?
Do you use a computer?
Do you have difficulties with: Bathing? Showering?
Dressing yourself? Combing your hair? Brushing your teeth?
Do you go shopping?
Do you visit with friends or family?
Do you have young children at home?
Do you take care of any pets?
Do you have difficulty getting along with people?
Are you a member of any clubs, organizations or church?
Are you involved in any of the following recreational activies?
Going to movies? Going out to eat? Sports? Theme Parks?

When testifying you need to provide detailed information about your daily activities to the Social Security disability judge in order to prove that your medical conditions are severe and disabling and prevent you from working.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

What Work History Questions Are Asked At The Social Security Disability Hearing?

Friday, June 7th, 2013

At the Social Security disability hearing either the judge or your attorney will ask you the following general questions regarding your work history such as-

Are you currently working?
Full-time or part-time?
When was the date you last worked?
What type of jobs have you worked in past 15 years?
For your most recent job-
Name of employer
Job title
Dates of employment
Job duties
Why did you leave that employment?

Some Social Security judges like to have the claimant testify in great detail about their past relevant work for the past 15 years while other judges will rely more on what’s already in the claimant’s Social Security file which has information on past jobs, earnings history, past employers, job duties etc.
For a Social Security disability claim the claimant has to prove not only that they can not perform their past relevant work due to severe and disabling medical conditions but also have to prove that they can not perform any other jobs based on their age, education, medical conditions, restrictions and limitations.
Generally an older and less educated claimant has a better chance of being found disabled than a younger and betted educated claimant. Of course, the most important factor in a Social Security disablity claim is to have severe and disabling medical conditions that prevent you from doing any work.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

Nuebel Law Firm Goals

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

My goal as an attorney at the Nuebel Law Firm is to represent SSDI and SSI disability claimants to the best of my ability, to successfully guide them through the Social Security Administration system and to prosecute and advocate on their behalf to protect their income rights.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney