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Common Medical Issues

When applying for disability, the first step is to determine your medical impairment(s). Your diagnosis, along with medical documentation, will be used to prove that your problems and limitations prevent you from working. Both physical and mental conditions are recognized by Social Security. Some examples of potentially disability medical impairments include depression, bi-polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and migraines. To learn more, visit our Types of Impairments page.

Preparing For A Hearing

Many clients find attending and administrative hearings and facing an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for their disability case very stressful. Hiring an attorney to prepare, support, and represent you during your case can relieve much of the burden. At Drozdowski & Rabin, we help you prepare for that hearing by bringing you into our office and discussing what to expect in advance. This includes going over the questions that you’ll be asked by your attorney and the judge, along with details like what to wear, where to go, and what time you will need to arrive.

Burden of Proof

In a disability case, the burden to prove disability is on the person applying. In order to present a strong case, it’s important that you are proactive with seeking treatment. It’s important that you are able to show the SSA that you are making every effort to improve your symptoms. This includes making needed appointments with your doctor and communicating clearly with them about your issues. At Drozdowski & Rabin, we can help determine which doctors will be a good fit for your claim and give you advice on how to communicate with them.

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The Social Security Disability Process

When you decide to apply for Social Security disability, realize that you are entering into a process that typically takes 18 months to 2 years. Depending on the complexity of your case, the completeness of your initial application, and other factors, you may spend over two years dealing with bureaucrats, hospitals, and doctor’s offices. Drozdowski & Rabin can provide you with guidance during the process from your first application to an award of disability.

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