I filed an application for Social Security Disability (“SSD”) benefits last month, which was approved a couple of days ago. That was fast by any standard. I’ve even had compassionate allowances take longer.
was different here? The claimant, a former traffic officer, was not
directed to go to Industrial Medicine Associates for a consultative exam
(“CE”). Why not?
is possible that no CE was required because the claimant was 63 years
old, but I have had other people the same age who were not approved that
quickly. It could be that I had just submitted MRI reports revealing
herniated discs impinging nerve roots, but similar MRI reports did not
prevent demands for a CE. Therefore, it appears that it was the
claimant’s age, functionality assessment backed by the MRI reports, and
the claimant’s non-sedentary work history that combined for the rapid
also filed an SSD application last December that was approved last week
for a 38 year old former nurse. Once again, the claimant was not asked
to attend a CE. What explained the rapid approval considering that the
claimant was only 38 years old, and that the disability was multiple sclerosis (“MS”), which is frequently difficult to establish due to periods of remission?
answer appears to be the strength of the report that we were able to
get and submit from the treating neurologist. The report was
specifically tailored to address the objective and subjective findings
relative to MS, including the criteria for the listing.