To anyone applying for SSI, SSDI or employer disability benefits
I got SSDI on first try & i have stuff that can help you. Even if denied
Please reach out to me!!
The SSA documents do not capture tge SSA needs to find in your favor.
Without this info you Will most likely get denied and have to go to an administrative law judge.
You need in your medical chart.
Residual Functional Capacity Exams aka RFC (forms your doctor completes).
20+ years ago when i could still think a little but not enough to work i had to apply for SSDI and Disability through my employer.
You can modify them as needed based on listing of impairments and equivilancy.
I created RFCs for
(This is an umbrella that covers just about anything that is going wrong with your body)
The RFCs can be edited to fit your dx or equvalcy.
Your dr needs to fill these out and get them in your chart.
(Or dictate the answers)
I also have sample letters.
You need to buy or borrow
Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits
You ABSOLUTELY need the eBook
for Social Security Applicants
Helps gather facts to fill out SSA disability report forms and improves chances of accessing SSA’s new fast disability decision processeshttps://disabilityfacts.com/disability-workbook/
Thr PDS workbook has sample letters for your doctor and others to complete on your behalf as well as worksheets that capture what is needed by SSA/Companies for Activities Of Daily Living, Meducations and everything else to approve.
In the social security or employer disabilty app in those sections write See (insert the name of worksheet) for details.
You want to fill out the worksheets and note IN your SSDI/SSI application to Please See (name of worksheets).
The disability determination is usually not based on a diagnosis but is based on your ability to function. It is also not based on your doctor’s opinion that you are disabled, but rather on the documentation of your ability to function, severity of symptoms, etc that is in your file.
Here is a good link that takes you through the process from the viewpoint of the SSA www.socialsecurity.gov/dibplan/dqualify.htm
You need to make sure that you and your doc understand the Listing of Impairments
Your evaluation may be based on Equivalencies if there is not a checklist for your specific condition.
Many of our symptoms can be “equivalent” to a different illness that is better defined.
Body Systems, imparements & Equivalency: www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm
I have a bunch more to say (i wrote a big article) but no room here for everything. And I had chop up/ pull excerpts from my bigger letter.
If anyone has a blog or website that i could post this on (even a backdoor link) you would help so many. I dont have resources to do this & need help.