Category Archives: Evaluation

Remember to Document Medical Visits For Reviews

People who collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may not be aware that periodically they may be required to go through a “continuing disability review” (CDR). This review takes place every couple of years to determine if you are still disabled. During a CDR, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may ask every three to seven years for documents relating to your condition. The SSA is looking for possible medical improvements through documentation. Some situations that may trigger a CDR include: your return to work, medical evidence suggesting that your condition has improved, claims that suggest that you may not be following treatment protocol or your consent that your condition has improved. The SSA will notify you if you have a CDR, as it will send you either a short form (Disability Update Report) or long form (Continuing Disability Review Report). On these forms, the SSA…
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Tulsa Disability Lawyers Discuss Why Some Applications Are Rejected

In Wednesday’s post, we discussed some of the mental illnesses and conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes as disabling. This means that if applicants can prove they are suffering from one of these conditions and are therefore unable to work, they may be able to receive disability benefits. However, many applications for mental disorders and disabilities are rejected every year. Consider first that some of these applications are denied because they do not contain the necessary information or the applicant does not qualify for other reasons (work history, financial situation). However, some applicants are rejected for more complicated reasons. Consider these common causes of application rejection for mental disorders. Condition has not lasted long enough. For instance, a soldier may come home from war, find he is psychologically or mentally unable to work and applies for benefits. Unfortunately, the SSA evaluates some disabilities based partially on how long the…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney Discusses Common Mental Illnesses and Disorders

On Monday we discussed the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s proposal to amend its List of Impairments to strike the term “mental retardation” and replace it with “intellectual disability.” Disability advocates around the country are cheering, especially since mental and intellectual disabilities make up an increasing portion of all benefits recipients. Intellectual disabilities and mental disorders or illnesses are completely different types of disabilities, but one’s advancement can be good for the other. As the stereotypes and stigmas fall away, people (and government entities) are learning the seriousness of these issues and helping the people who suffer from them. The SSA has reported that over 1.3 million people who receive disability benefits cited a “mood disorder” in their applications. In these cases, SSA evaluators will check an applicant’s stated and medically verified symptoms against the agency’s List of Impairments. Consider these common conditions that the SSA considers “disabling”: Schizophrenia Intellectual disabilities…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: SSA Plans to Remove “Mental Retardation” from List of Impairments

Disability Rights groups and millions of Americans are applauding the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s proposal to stop using the term “mental retardation” in its official List of Impairments. The SSA will replace the now outdated classification with “intellectual disability,” a more current term that is less likely to reinforce stereotypes and negative connotations. SSA evaluators use the List of Impairments to decide whether an applicant qualifies for disability benefits. The decision to change the term comes two years after the passing of Rosa’s Law. This piece of legislation required a switch to “intellectual disability” for all health, educational and labor entities under the federal government. The SSA chose to make this change, though it was not required to by law. After its official proposal, the name change will be subject to a 30-day waiting period to allow for public comment. As we learn more about mental and intellectual disabilities, our…
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