Various Reasons for Approving SSD Claims
A considerable number of individuals who have applied for disability benefits under the Social Security program reached the point in the process wherein their case need to be heard by an administrative law judge for their case to be approved.
Thus, it is a critical matter to comprehend the judges' way of thinking and their reasons for approving the disability cases being heard.
Here are some of the top reasons that move judges to a decision of approving the disability claims.
• Solid Record of Employment or Work - judges usually leans upon the credibility of your case as its central component.
In determining your credibility, the judges would often look into your work or employment history, hospital or medical records, doctors' professional opinions regarding your work and a small consideration on the attempts you have made in order that you can return to your past work.
Remember that your work history is a significant record. Judges usually review this kind of record first among others. However, the judge looks more into the consistency of your work record and your payment of social security taxes and not on the incomes, you have earned.
If you have a solid work or employment history, the judge usually, decide that your disability story is a credible one. If you have an inconsistent work history then chances are you will become automatically denied.
• Well-documented case - some disability hearing merely happens for formality's sake because the judge has already decided to approve the SSD claim.
This case happens to claimants who have a complete and related documentation of everything relevant to the case - medical record, letters of disability and work limitations signed by the physicians or surgeons who have treated you, statements from people with significant authority in the community who know you well enough and other important paperwork documenting your condition.
Before the scheduled hearing, your whole file must already be obtained wholly and submitted to the judge's office for his / her review.
Having complete evidence to show the judge means that they already have all they need to know about your case even before they see you face to face in the hearing.
Thus, remember that it is important to develop your case well and establish a strategy to win your claim for an adequate period before the hearing schedule. This is when you need the help of a lawyer specializing in the disability laws before you even file your claim or right after you have filed your claim.
• Medical records consistent with hearing testimony - your medical records included in the actual disability claim documents should confirm your testimony adequately. While it is true, that disability could be based upon any of documented medical findings, and its significant impact on your ability to perform or function, the judges would still listen to your testimony and check out how your story manifests the medical records you have submitted.
• Support of treating physicians on the claim and rendering of persuasive written opinion regarding the claimant's disability - judges do not merely base on the medical records and how your testimony reflected the documents submitted concerning your medical condition. They also check out how your treating physicians support your claim for disability benefits by going through the letter or narrative of your doctors.
Once a doctor has indicated and supported your claim of disability, the judges usually become impressed enough to really adopt their ideas.
• Other evidences supporting the claim - other compelling documents may be submitted like affidavits from trusted family and friends and the personal records indicating your excellent performance in your work.
Remember that winning your Social Security disability claim still depends on your preparation, perseverance and strategizing. However, the aforementioned information is very helpful for you to enhance your strategy.