Blog

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

What is Substantial Gainful Activity? Substantial gainful activity is work performed for pay above a certain earning level. If you are working and have earnings above a certain level, your social security disability claim cannot be approved regardless of the severity of your medical condition. The amount of monthly earnings that SSA considers depends on [..]

Read More

YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY HEARING IS SCHEDULED

Orlando Social Security Disability Hearing Help by Rick Gach, Appointed Representative You’ve waited for months, maybe even years for the Social Security Administration to schedule your Disability Hearing. If you’re like most claimants, you’ve felt like you’ve been given the “run-around” and now finally your disability is scheduled. Your future is up to one person- [..]

Read More

FIVE-DAY RULE FOR SUBMITTING EVIDENCE AT HEARINGS

HALLEX: I-2-6-58. Admitting Evidence Submitted At Least Five Business Days Before the Hearing If a claimant or appointed representative informs the agency about or submits evidence less than five business days before the date of the scheduled hearing, at, or after the hearing, the ALJ may decline to consider that evidence the circumstances in 20 CFR [..]

Read More

Listing 1.08 Soft Tissue Injury

1.08 Soft tissue injury (e.g., burns) of an upper or lower extremity, trunk, or face and head, under continuing surgical management, as defined in 1.00M, directed toward the salvage or restoration of major function, and such major function was not restored or expected to be restored within 12 months of onset. Major function of the face [..]

Read More

Listing 1.07 Fracture of an Upper Extremity

1.07 Fracture of an upper extremity with nonunion of a fracture of the shaft of the humerus, radius, or ulna, under continuing surgical management, as defined in 1.00M, directed toward restoration of functional use of the extremity, and such function was not restored or expected to be restored within 12 months of onset. To find out [..]

Read More

Listing 1.06 Fractures

1.06 Fracture of the femur, tibia, pelvis, or one or more of the tarsal bones. With: A. Solid union not evident on appropriate medically acceptable imaging and not clinically solid; and B. Inability to ambulate effectively, as defined in 1.00B2b, and return to effective ambulation did not occur or is not expected to occur within [..]

Read More

Listing 1.05 Amputation (Due to Any Cause)

1.05 Amputation (due to any cause) A. Both hands; or B. One or both lower extremities at or above the tarsal region, with stump complications resulting in medical inability to use a prosthetic device to ambulate effectively, as defined in 1.00B2b, which have lasted or are expected to last for at least 12 months; or C. [..]

Read More

Listing 1.04 Disorders of the Spine

1.04 Disorders of the spine (e.g., herniated nucleus pulposus, spinal arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, vertebral fracture), resulting in compromise of a nerve root (including the cauda equina) or the spinal cord. With: A. Evidence of nerve root compression characterized by neuro-anatomic distribution of pain, limitation of motion of the spine, [..]

Read More

Listing 1.03 Reconstruction or Surgical Arthodesis of a Major Weight-Bearing Joint

1.03 Reconstructive surgery or surgical arthrodesis of a major weight- bearing joint, with inability to ambulate effectively, as defined in 1.00B2b, and return to effective ambulation did not occur, or is not expected to occur, within 12 months of onset. What SSA means by the “inability to ambulate effectively”: (1) Definition. Inability to ambulate effectively means [..]

Read More