Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fast SSD Approvals

If you spend a few minutes on the internet researching the Social Security Disability (“SSD”) application procedures, then you will find countless websites that describe the process as one that is frequently protracted, frustrating, and results in a denial the majority of the time.  A denial rate of 60% to 70% is usually cited.  However, that means that 30% to 40% of the time, the application process is more tolerable.

I had two more SSD claims approved today by the State agency.  The obvious upside to the claimant includes improved cash flow and financial stability, reduced attorney fees, and faster peace of mind.  Getting approved by the State agency is not random luck; the better the application is supported by medical and vocational evidence, the better the chances of getting approved.

In each case I provided treatment records, functional assessments, and diagnostic testing.  I also included workers compensation medical reports in one case.  Notably, in each case, I also persuaded the State agency that consultative examinations by Industrial Medicine Associates were not needed.  Applying for SSD benefits can be an exasperating process, but by properly presenting the evidence you can increase the chances of being part of the 30% to 40% who have a better experience.

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