Social Security Grid Rules: The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) that decide social security disability cases at the hearing level frequently use a grid of the Medical-Vocational Rules to determine if a claimant is disabled or not.  If the “grid rules” indicate a finding of disabled, then it is referred to as “gridding out” and the analysis essentially stops in the claimant’s favor.  On the other hand, if the grids indicate a finding of not-disabled, it is still possible that you can be found disabled if your functional capacity is further eroded by other limitations

Social Security Claims Analysis: Disability for the purposes of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments that can be expected to result in death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for at least 12 consecutive months.  This social security analysis standard can be broken down as follows: Step 1 – Substantial Gainful Activity: Generally, the Social Security Administration (SSA) wants to know if a person is still working.  SSA

Social Security Application and Appeals: Initial Application: When you decide to pursue Social Security Disability or SSI benefits you first need to fill out the initial application.  The first step of the social security claims process is to acquire medical records and fill out an application in person, by phone, or online.  Many applicants choose to take this step alone since it seems so straight forward, but unfortunately many initial applications are also denied.  A social security disability lawyer can help develop your claim based upon your age, education, impairments, work history, and how you reached the point of being

Social Security Benefits for the Disabled: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).  They are meant to provide a safety net to disabled Americans and their families when working is no longer possible.  Unfortunately, many claims are initially denied for medical and non-medical reasons. If you are dealing with the SSDI or SSI appeals process, a Social Security lawyer may be your best chance to prove your disability claim to the SSA or Office of Hearings Operations (OHO). What is SSDI? SSDI is a program designed for people who have