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SSD adjudicators are people too

This blog has routinely looked at various federal laws and regulations, and the procedures used by federal and state entities that adjudicate claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This blog tends to focus on what information is required and what the definitions of various standards are, and how one might meet those standards. While having the right kind of medical and financial information is essential to building a disability case, there is another aspect to them that sometimes gets lost in the legal jargon and paper compiling. This is the story of the person who is required to live with the disability.

Humans are, at heart, story tellers. This is why, while properly gathered and applied statistics are generally better evidence for the validity of an argument, it is anecdotes that often do the most to sway opinions. The same may be true of a disability case. The decision makers at the New Jersey or New York Disability Determination Services are people who go home to their families and friends, and know that people sometimes get sick through no fault of their own.

This is why, through years of experience in presenting SSDI and SSI claims, we have tended to focus on presenting the individual applicant's story, whether it be in an initial application, or in a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. While presenting as much relevant medical and statistical evidence as possible is important, letting the adjudicator see the applicant as a human being, who is dealing with a terrible auto-immune disease such as lupus, or experiencing the pains associated with fibromyalgia, is key to a potential approval. People who want more information regarding applying for disability benefits due to an illness may want to visit our web site.

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