Did you know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) can look at all of your disabling conditions combined when making a disability determination? Indiana disability attorney Scott Lewis tries to get his clients to disclose to him all of their conditions that have an impact on their ability to work. After questioning his clients, many times Mr. Lewis finds that there are several conditions that when combined create a total picture showing his client is in fact disabled.
For instance, you may have had back surgery and are experiencing pain and/or discomfort that may be preventing you from working so; you have filed a Social Security disability claim. Upon further review of your medical records, Mr. Lewis notices you are also suffering from depression, diabetes, and asthma. If these other conditions are severe enough, it may be wise to include these conditions in an argument as to why you are unable to work. While your back may keep you from being able to sit, stand, or walk for any length of time, your depression may make it difficult to concentrate on work related tasks, your diabetes may involve neuropathy causing numbness and tingling in your extremities, and your asthma may cause shortness of breath in certain circumstances. So, by considering a combination of all of these impairments, it may be clear you are unable to maintain substantial gainful activity.
Just stating that you have additional problems is probably not going to be good enough to win your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim. Medical records from qualified treating medical professionals specializing in the area where your disability exists is usually the best supporting documentation to help prove your disability claim. At times, general medical practitioners may work to help support your disability claim, but many times an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) wants to examine records from a specialist in the area of the disabling condition you are claiming is keeping you from working.
Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney Scott D. Lewis and his staff can be reached at (317) 423-8888 to provide a free consultation to those individuals seeking SSDI or SSI benefits. If you are experiencing a disabling condition that is keeping you from working, call today to speak with Mr. Lewis and his staff.