The following LINKS are SUPERB, and EXPLAIN HOW SSDI works, HOW to fill out the SSDI APPLICATIONS, and HOW and WHO can HELP you fill out the SSDI application and answer the NUMEROUS questions regarding your disability, like family and friends. They may have OBSERVED OTHER difficulties that you may have as a result of your disability, but may have forgotten, or are not even AWARE of!
When you get to the web-site, is in important that you access all the links which refer you to additional information! Read the ENTIRE WEB-SITE so that you have a BETTER understanding of WHY and HOW SSDI will USE the information in your medical records, your answers, your age, education and past work history when determining IF your application will be approved or NOT.
IF you are DENIED the first time around (which is SSDI's common "practice"), be SURE that you FILE THE RECONSIDERATION by the DEADLINE!
You ALSO have the RIGHT to find out WHO has actually done the REVIEW of your medical records/application! MANY times, this is performed by an SSDI EMPLOYEE, who is NOT A LICENSED MD!!!! Depending on the EXPERIENCE of the reviewer, and how KNOWLEDGEABLE the reviewer actually IS with COMPLICATED MEDICAL CONDITIONS/ISSUES, this ALONE could mean the difference between APPROVED or DENIED for SSDI!
YOU have the right to have your MEDICAL RECORDS AND YOUR APPLICATION REVIEWED BY AN SSDI STAFF DOCTOR!!!!! So, if the initial reviewer on your case WAS NOT A DOCTOR, then REQUEST ONE!! Send a letter to the actual OFFICE LOCATION where your Application is being reviewed, with your request to have a DOCTOR review your records/application to SSDI via US MAIL CERTIFIED, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED.
Here in ANOTHER GREAT web-site that actually PROVIDES the "CRITERIA", the Five-step APPROVAL PROCESS, qualifying conditions and OTHER conditions that aren't on their "list", SSDI'S DEFINITIONS of "sedentary", "light", etc, the GRID SYSTEM, and OTHER FACTORS and CHARTS that the SSDI reviewers USE when reviewing your MEDICAL RECORDS and your ANSWERS to the QUESTIONS asked by SSDI on the application~
YOU NEED to EXPLORE the ENTIRE SITE, because it is a WEALTH OF INFORMATION:
It ALSO explains HOW YOUR Doctors should complete the RFC FORMS that can be DOWNLOADED from this web-site, to SUBMIT TO SSDI...... By exploring the home-page and links, here is what one can find under "RFC FORMS":
FOR EXAMPLE: "The first is a physical RFC. These are used to help determine how your condition physically limits you. There is usually categories with boxes to check that show your limitations. After a series of these the form will usually ask for the medical or clinical findings that support your doctor's conclusions. For example: One question will be are lifting and carrying affected by the claimants impairment? Occasionally ( very little up to 1/3 of 8 hour work day) less than 10 lbs, 10 lbs, 20 lbs, 25 lbs, 50 lbs, 100 lbs or more. Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of 8 hour work day) less than 10 lbs, 10 lbs, 20 lbs, 25 lbs, 50 lbs, 100 lbs or more. Your doctor will check off which lifting limitation applies to you. Your doctor will have a series of other questions like this in different areas of functioning as well. The form will ask after each set of questions about the medical or clinical findings that support his assessment. You can download a physical RFC on this page......
The second is a mental RFC. This will help determine how a psychiatric condition limits you. This form is set up similar to the physical RFC except your the questions are different and the check mark boxes are different. There will be a series of questions like the following: Ability to carry out very short and simple instructions? There will then be a series of boxes like no limitations, slight limitation, moderate limitation, marked limitation, and extreme limitation. Again Social Security will ask after a series of these type questions what is the medical support for these findings.......
"So why do you need these? Because whether you are disabled or not will be based on how your medical conditions limit you. These forms show your doctors opinion of just that. Another reason you need them is because if you don't have them from your doctor I can assure you Social Security will have some filled out by Social Security consultative doctors and other Social Security employees. Do you want to rely on what they say your limitations are?" [Emphasis added]
The following is JUST a partial chart/ example of ONE of the "factors/charts" used when exploring the other links within the web-site! SSDI , as explained earlier, has a "FIVE STEP PROCESS", and SSDI must consider EVERYTHING concerning your medical conditions, your impairment etc, not only on a "isolated basis" but in COMBINATION when cosidering ALL the factors in your case.....
GRIDs for Sedentary Work
Previous Work Experience
Limited or less
Unskilled or none
Limited or less
Skilled or semiskilled-skills not transferable
Limited or less
Skilled or semiskilled-skills transferable
High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work
Unskilled or none
As more informative SSDI links are found, I will try and "bump" this post up and provide additional information about the SSDI process in this thread....
FEEL FREE to add any OTHER valuable information and LINKS that YOU have found about the SSDI process!