What Factors Does Social Security Consider in Evaluating a Vermont Disability Claimant’s Ability to Work?
In evaluating your claim for Vermont disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will first review the medical evidence, to determine if your impairment meets or medically equals a Listing Impairment. If so, then you will be awarded Vermont Social Security disability benefits based on this medical determination alone. If, however, your impairment does not meet or medically equal a Listing Impairment, then the Social Security Administration will consider additional evidence, including your “residual functional capacity,” that is, your ability to function in a work setting, despite the limitations imposed by your impairment.
Proving Your Inability, or Limited Ability, to Work
Proving your inability, or limited ability, to work can be difficult to do in your initial application for Vermont Social Security disability benefits and/or your request for reconsideration. The decision-makers who review your paperwork tend to apply rigid formulas to determine the residual functional capacity for a particular impairment. Rarely will they look past the medical findings to consider your unique circumstances and your individual ability to work. Instead, at this level of the Vermont Social Security disability benefits process, all claimants with similar medical findings are treated similarly.
If, however, you pursue your claim for Vermont disability benefits to a hearing before an administrative law judge, you have a much better chance of establishing your inability, or limited ability, to work. As a general rule, the administrative law judge will not box your claim in with all other claimants with similar medical findings. Rather, the judge will consider your medical evidence as just one piece of the puzzle. In determining your residual functional capacity, the judge will consider you as an individual and will take into account all the evidence in your case, particularly your testimony and your credibility.
Free Case Evaluation by a Local Vermont Disability Attorney
I have been helping disabled Vermonters obtain Social Security disability benefits for over 25 years. If you would like to meet with me to discuss the facts of your case and your limited ability to work, please fill out the short Claim Evaluation form on the right side of this page, or, if you prefer, send me an email or call my office. I will respond promptly.
Mitchell L. Pearl
Vermont Social Security disability attorney
Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP
Attorneys at Law
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