Applying for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be a confusing process, even for someone whose disability is inarguable, such as blindness or missing limbs. What if you have multiple disabilities? How will the SSA evaluate your case?
For these people, each individual disability may not be enough for the SSA to find you fully disabled and therefore qualified for benefits. The SSA will look at the combined effect that your impairments have on you and your ability to work. Soldiers returning from war are a reminder that disabilities can be both mental and physical, and the SSA will evaluate the combination of those conditions.
Social Security evaluators will compile your stated injuries or conditions to determine your “residual functional capacity,” or RFC. Your RFC describes the level of activity or work that your combined disabilities allow you to perform. On Friday we will discuss what the RFC assessment establishes and how that affects the SSA’s decision.
With multiple disabilities, it is essential that you provide the SSA with the information and medical records necessary for evaluators to be able to fully understand your conditions. This can be a daunting task, and failing to make the most effective case for yourself can lead to a denial of benefits. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this process and ensure that your application includes all necessary information and makes a clear case for how your multiple disabilities prevent you from working.
If you have questions about applying for disability benefits, contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers for guidance and information. We offer free consultations, and you can also reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.