Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Fill Form 2220 Disabled

Instructions and Help about Fill Form 2220 Disabled

Music hi there this is Jonathan Ginsberg I'm a social security disability attorney and today I'd like to talk to you about my list in the top 8 ways you can improve your chances of getting approved for Social Security disability this is not an exclusive list this is not something that comes from Social Security this is just reflective of my own experience and getting people approved for disability cases over the last 20-something years so here's my top eight list first and foremost is you've got to have medical treatment I deal without any gaps in treatment in this current climate I'm recording this in 2017 disability judges expect to see a comprehensive unbroken medical record you cannot have gaps of eight months a year 18 months two years where you have not gone to the doctor even if you have a condition that is permanent chronic judges expect to see you go to the doctors so a strong consistent medical record without any gaps is really really important number two your medical condition should be based on a firm diagnosis it's very difficult to win disability benefits when your medical condition is sort of as wish you washy a lot of different types of things it's much better to be a firm diagnosis you have spinal stenosis you have chronic venous insufficiency you have pulmonary function disease it's much better to have a label on your condition and to have a number of various conditions that no one really knows what it is that by the way is why conditions like fibromyalgia and CRPS are difficult to win because they're sort of diagnosis of last resorts and judges are much more comfortable awarding benefits on firm diagnosis with our objective tests for those diagnoses for a spinal stenosis they can do an MRI for chronic venous insufficiency and an ultrasound for certain other conditions of conduction studies Orion or mgs or CT scans so anything that subject to and to some sort of objective medical test that's going to help obviously mental health conditions don't fit that bill but there are certain tests that psychologists and psychiatrists can do to make a diagnosis about a particular I'm going to health condition like schizophrenia depression anxiety and so forth so the more specific the diagnosis I think the better number three is always take your medications as prescribed and adhere to what your doctor tells you it's not good when a medical record says that my client is not being compliant with medical treatments or my clients not taking medications the judge will assume that you're not being compliant and that taking medications because you really want that bad off so they expect you judges expect you to be fully compliant with your medical condition and if you're having bad side effects for example with medications let your doctor know don't simply that's not taking medication never tell the doctor about the side effect we need to have a medical record that reflects all that type of thing and it's really important that you do that number four is we need to have your medical information your medical condition translated into work capacity limitations which is the language Social Security speaks that means you need to get your doctor to fill a functional capacity evaluation or to complete a narrative report that addresses your limitations that arise from your medical condition in terms of how it impacts you at a potential job that is a language Social Security speak so if they understand work capacity so you need a doctor who cooperate cooperate with you in that regard if you don't have a doctor will cooperate you need to find another doctor because that's the language Social Security wants to hear number five is before your hearing practice one of the things that I do with my clients is we spend probably I'd say twice as much time three times as much time as the hearings going to take I'll go over questions we'll practice the answers this is the best way to answer this is the most compelling way to do it it could take three or four hours but the important thing is when my client goes in to hearing and the judge asks a question that's not the first time that person my client tried that question you don't want to be the situation where the judge these llamas can you lift and you say well I never thought about that I don't know not very much all right that's not good you need to say I can with seven to ten pounds once or twice during the course of the day and I have to rest for 15 minutes thereafter or if I listen within seven or eight pounds a gallon of milk I'll be in bed for the rest of the day because of pain or I can lift it once but I won't happen time I'll drop it whatever it is you need to have an answer prepared so you can answer incredibly unbelievably about your physical limitations next is I would tell you not to go into your disability hearing alone people sometimes say well do I really need to attorney records really strong here's the problem is the judges are overworked they they go really fast because hearings last about 45 minutes they use a lot of acronyms a OD DL I do t the list goes on f c/e RFC these are all acronyms that sort of a separate language that the disability judges and attorneys speak and you've got 45 minutes in front of that judge you want to waste on a time trying to understand what's going on so one of the advantages of having an attorney is number one we will come up with a working theory of disability for your case that can be the listing good rule functional capacity will develop the strongest