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Disability Law Offices of Tony Adderley

Functionality: What It’s All About

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: October 31, 2014

The diagnosis of a disability is merely a first step toward obtaining Social Security disability benefits. The key question for the Social Security Administration is this: what are the functional limitations that are the result of your disability, and do those functional limitations prevent you from being gainfully employed? Social Security disability benefits are really about functionality. The ability or inability to function at a job, rather than the diagnosis itself, is the issue of your disability case. Winning disability benefits is much more likely if you have the advice and help of an experienced disability lawyer. If you need to obtain Social Security disability benefits in southern California, get help and advice promptly; speak with an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney right away.

The task for disability applicants and their attorneys is to provide sufficient evidence of functional limitations. That evidence should include the patient’s medical progress notes along with statements from treating physicians. Evidence can also include opinions by independent medical providers as well as testimony from family, friends, colleagues, and employers. At disability hearings, administrative judges will often ask questions about an applicant’s daily activities as part of determining the applicant’s level of functionality. A good disability lawyer may stress the severity of a claimant’s functional limitations during an administrative hearing.

Remember, a diagnosis is only a first step to establishing your disability to the satisfaction of the Social Security Administration. A number of elements go into a successful disability claim. With benefits becoming increasingly harder to obtain, now more than ever disabled workers need the help of an experienced disability lawyer when filing for benefits. If you are disabled, unable to work, and you need to receive Social Security disability benefits anywhere in the southern California area, speak at once with an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.