At a time when there are record wait times for processing Social Security Disability (“SSD”) claims, sometimes the State agency quickly approves SSD claims, in much less time than usual.
I represent a 58 year old auto mechanic with spinal problems, whose SSD application was approved in two months. The obvious question is what accounted for the decision? I submitted a strong disability report from the treating spine specialist, but that has failed to suffice to win approval where claimant’s had similar medical problems. The claimant had a protracted work history doing heavy, skilled work, but again, that alone has failed to suffice to win approval where claimant’s had similar work backgrounds.
It appears that when presented with a strong disability report for a claimant with a long history of performing heavy work, then the State agency will approve the claim quickly without mechanically insisting that the agency doctor examine the claimant. Taxpayers would be better served if the State agency would refrain from improperly insisting that the agency doctor examine other claimants.