What Is Evidence of a Total Disability?

Documenting Your Disability

Before the Social Security Administration (SSA) will approve an application for benefits, it must see evidence that the applicant has a total, permanent disability. Proof is difficult for many disability applicants, and the SSA routinely denies applications that it believes do not show total and permanent disability.

For this reason, an experienced attorney is critical to success in many Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases. At the Rochester Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our lawyers will explain the evidence needed to show permanent and total disability for Social Security and help you at every step of the way.

Definition of Disability Under Social Security

Under the SSA guidelines, a disability is a medical condition that has lasted or will last for at least one year, that prevents you from doing the work you previously did, and that prevents you from performing other kinds of work.

We often hear questions from clients such as, “What is evidence of a total disability?” and “Does partial disability work?” Under the SSA rules, you must be completely disabled, not partially disabled, and you must provide medical documentation of your disability.

Helping Doctors Provide Comprehensive Medical Evidence

At the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our attorneys will seek out evidence that you have a medical impairment that prevents you from working. Proper medical documentation is critical to filing a successful claim. Our law firm works with your doctors and medical caregivers to obtain comprehensive documentation of your claim. In addition, we give your doctors a form that is tailored to SSA requirements and uses the language and terms that the SSA uses. This makes it easier to evaluate and approve your claim.

Gathering Evidence for Both Listed Impairments and Functional Limitations

Our attorneys can help you if you have one of the listed impairments that is severe enough to prevent you from performing the functional requirements of a job. We can also help you demonstrate how your ability to function is limited even if the limits are not caused by a listed impairment. People may have functional limitations such as mental or emotional impairments that limit their ability to interact with others. Odors, sounds and light may limit other people’s ability to work.

Free Consultation to Discuss Your Claim

To learn more about the evidence required to show a total disability, contact the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller to schedule a free consultation with one of our Rochester, NY attorneys. Call 877.236.7366 or fill out our secure online form and someone from our office will contact you. There are no fees unless we win your case.