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Social Security Disability FAQs

Social Security disability attorneys are accustomed to answering many questions that claimants have about the process of applying for benefits. Here are a few common questions and answers.

What Is a Medically Determinable Impairment?

Your Social Security disability attorney can explain that the Social Security Administration will usually find that a claimant has a medically determinable impairment if a health care provider uses more than a claimant’s recitation of symptoms to make this diagnosis. For example, your Social Security disability attorney can explain that x-rays, blood tests or counting tender points may provide a legitimate basis for a diagnosis. Additionally, the patient’s statements regarding symptoms can help form the basis for a medical finding if other conditions have been ruled out based on this information.

Do Treating Doctors Have the Responsibility for Knowing the Legal Definition of Disability?

Your Social Security disability attorney can explain that your treating doctor is not responsible for actually determining whether you are disabled. Instead, your  Social Security disability attorney will explain that the SSA has its own rules for making this legal determination. Your Social Security disability lawyer may warn you that a treating doctor’s finding that you are disabled has little weight. Instead, the emphasis is on what a claimant is capable of doing.

If you have other questions about applying for benefits, a Social Security disability lawyer may be able to help. Contact Social Security disability attorney James Dolenga at 1-866-772-5299.

James Dolenga, JD

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