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How symptoms are assessed in an SSD claim

Social Security disability benefits can only be obtained after certain federal requirements are met. While some of these requirements apply to all medical conditions, such as work requirements, others are specific to the medical condition in question. Therefore, those who have been disabled by a medical condition need to seek out an individualized approach when applying for Social Security disability benefits.

A lot of the requirements that must be met to obtain SSD benefits are not clear-cut. Instead, the Social Security Administration relies on a number of factors to make a determination. This is the case when the SSA assesses symptoms stemming from a medical condition. The final determination on the symptoms is critical because it is often indicative of an applicant’s severity. Thus, a finding that the symptoms are relatively minor may lead to a denied SSD claim because the condition is not debilitating enough to justify approval.

As mentioned, there are a host of factors that may be examined when assessing symptoms. For example, the frequency and duration of the symptoms can demonstrate just how pervasive they are, and the intensity of those symptoms can show how debilitating they are. The SSA may also consider any aggravating factors, the effectiveness of any treatments or medications meant to address the symptoms, and any other factors that are relevant to an individual’s limitations caused by the symptoms in question.

In other words, the SSA has broad discretion when analyzing a medical condition. Therefore, individuals who suffer from a debilitating injury or illness should consider discussing the matter with an attorney, as they can help craft a strong and compelling legal strategy to increase the chances of succeeding on an SSD claim.