Category: Evidence

Listing 1.02 Major Dysfunction of a Joint

1.02 Major dysfunction of a joint(s) (due to any cause): Characterized by gross anatomical deformity (e.g., subluxation, contracture, bony or fibrous ankylosis, instability) and chronic joint pain and stiffness with signs of limitation of motion or other abnormal motion of the affected joint(s), and findings on appropriate medically acceptable imaging of joint space narrowing, bony [..]

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New Ruling 16-03p – Evaluation of Symptoms

Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims This SSR supersedes SSR 96-7p: Policy Interpretation Ruling Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims: Assessing the Credibility of an Individual’s Statements. PURPOSE: We are rescinding SSR 96-7p: Policy Interpretation Ruling Titles II and XVI Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims: Assessing [..]

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Can Letters From Family and Friends Help My Disability Case at a Hearing?

While supportive letters from family and friends are usually disregarded by the judge, letters from employers and caregivers can help. Applicants for Social Security disability often ask friends and family to write letters in support of their disability case. While the administrative law judge (ALJ) who presides over the hearing often disregards these letters, sometimes [..]

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How is the disability determination made?

SSA’s regulations provides a procedure known as the “sequential evaluation process” for disability evaluation.   For adults, this  is a five step process that requires sequential review of the claimant’s current work activity, the severity of his or her impairment(s), a determination of whether his or her impairment(s) meets or medically equals a listing (see Part [..]

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