It is a sad fact of life. People work all their lives, get hurt and cannot get approved for social security disability. Applying for disability is a rigorous process. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has very strict guidelines. The applicant must prove that an impairment prevents them from working. SSA sends applicants to a state agency for a medical review; there, the medical reviewer uses several tests to determine eligibility. First and foremost, is the applicant working on a regular basis? SSA considers $1,090 per month as the threshold for regular work. The logic is that people who make more money must be physically and mentally able to work full-time.
Next, SSA decides the severity of the impairment. The reviewer may find that one’s impairment does not disable them. If so, the claim will be denied. At any point in the process, one can speak with social security lawyers in Nashville, TN. Most people who apply for disability need legal help and Michael D. Ponce & Associates have years of experience working with SSA. How SSA officials categorize disability is difficult for applicants to understand. For example, if someone has high blood pressure, they could be considered disabled. However, if medication controls the high blood pressure, the applicant is not disabled. On the other hand, an applicant with a vision problem that cannot be corrected, will be ruled disabled.
The third part of the test is whether or not the condition meets SSA’s criteria for impairments. SSA has a list of impairments and how severe each condition must be in order to get disability. Social Security lawyers in Nashville, TN help applicants gather their medical records to prove the case. If the condition meets or exceeds SSA’s criteria, they will receive disability. If the condition does not meet SSA criteria, reviewers must determine if the applicant can work any job. Applicants with “not so severe” limitations may be expected to work a job that is not as strenuous. Applicants who are close to 60 years old are usually not expected to train for another job. Applicants may appeal the social security disability claim if they are denied.