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Getting answers for questions about SSD benefits -- Part 1

When our firm first makes contact with a potential client, there are some questions that everyone seems to have. That is completely understandable, because the process of applying for Social Security Disability can seem daunting at first.

One of the most common questions, and really the defining question of applying for SSD benefits, is "What exactly is a 'disability?'" Any of our Los Angeles readers who have seen previous posts here know that the Social Security Administration must adhere to a very strict definition of "disability" as defined under federal law. But, basically, a "disability" in terms of SSD benefits is a condition that leaves an individual unable to work for at least 12 months, or a condition that is expected to result in death.

Because medical proof of a disability is required, we are also often asked exactly how that is accomplished. The best answer is that the more medical records pertaining to the condition - records that come from "acceptable medical sources" -- the better. Records from doctors are the best form of evidence that a disability exists.

The last question we will address in Part 1 is, "How can I make my application stronger?" There is a way this can be done, and it is usually in the form of how you communicate with your healthcare provider. The more details about the symptoms you are experiencing that are communicated to the doctor, the more detail the doctor will be able to put in your medical records. And, hopefully, this will lead to an accurate diagnosis.

Source: Please visit our "What You Need to Know" page for more SSD information.

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