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    Is Your Health Problem on the List for Social Security Disability?

    On the five-step path toward getting financial help from Social Security Disability benefits, the third step is checking to see if your medical impairment matches a listing from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

    Having one or more conditions on the SSA’s official list of impairments can make it clear what you should include in your application for disability benefits.

    For each disorder, Social Security gives detailed instructions on the types of symptoms you need to demonstrate and types of medical evidence you need to submit to back up what you say about your health limitations.

    If you satisfy these requirements, you may be approved for disability benefits immediately, with no need to proceed to step four or step five.

    When bad health has robbed you of the ability to work and earn an income, these benefits can make a major difference in your life, providing monthly checks, Medicare or Medicaid health coverage, and a more stable lifestyle.

    The Troutman & Troutman disability lawyers in Oklahoma understand this is a highly personal situation. This is about your well-being and your future. So we bring caring, personal attention to your disability claim.

    We’re a team of Oklahomans helping other Oklahomans in their times of need. Over the last 30 years, we’ve helped over 10,000 of our neighbors.

    If you need Social Security Disability, get in touch with us in these and any other cities and towns in Oklahoma:

    Disability Law Is All We Do.

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    Two women, a doctor and patient, sit at a table looking at a sheet of paper. A factor in whether you can get Social Security Disability benefits is what Social Security calls your "residual functional capacity."

    Applying for Benefits without a Listed Impairment: Residual Functional Capacity

    If your disability isn’t on the list, don’t despair.

    A different diagnosis that’s equal in severity to one that is on the list can still get you approved for benefits.

    Your symptoms and the way they block you from functioning in a work setting are what’s most important, even more important than the name of your disease.

    Combinations of different conditions also can make for a strong disability claim.

    Social Security has a way of measuring your everyday abilities to decide if you should get benefits. It’s called your “residual functional capacity,” or RFC.

    Your ability, or inability, to perform these actions go into your RFC:

    • Sitting for long periods
    • Standing
    • Walking
    • Lifting
    • Carrying
    • Pushing
    • Pulling
    • Reaching
    • Holding
    • Crouching
    • Understanding information
    • Following instructions
    • Responding to supervisors
    • Relating to coworkers
    • Handling work pressures

    Your doctors or other health care providers can help you demonstrate your RFC. Your disability lawyer can coordinate with your doctor and make sure they cover the information Social Security wants to see.

    Disability cases are the only cases we handle at Troutman & Troutman. We focus on this special legal system for disability benefits, so we can better get benefits for you—benefits that can change your life for the better.

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    Disability Attorneys Answer Your Questions about Social Security

    Your life has been disrupted by health problems. You’ve had to leave work. You’re worried about money. Social Security Disability benefits can provide relief, but they’re complicated. You’ve got a lot of questions. The Troutman & Troutman Tulsa disability lawyers have answers.

    SSD Questions & Answers »

    “If you need a disability attorney, I recommend Troutman & Troutman. They were there for me every step of the way. . . . Just speaking with them throughout the process put me at ease. I cannot say or thank them enough for all they did for me. Troutman & Troutman is a winning team.”

    Michelle Kerr in GOOGLE REVIEWS


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