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Under the Social Security Act, a disability is defined as the “[i]nability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than… Read More

The Code of Federal Regulations of the Social Security Act contain provisions that detail a five-step sequential evaluation process for determining disability. Each step may be expressed in the form of a question asked by the examiner or judge about an individual applying for disability. These five steps flow from the definition of disability found… Read More

The Social Security Act (Act), The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 20), and Social Security Rulings (SSRs) are the three cornerstones of policy that the Social Security Administration uses to regulate eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Act’s regulations provide for a five-step sequential evaluation process for determining whether applicants have a… Read More

There are special rules for determining eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits for those who are blind or who have low vision. The Social Security Administration defines “legally blind” when the vision in the best eye, even with corrective lenses, is 20/200 or less. A benefits applicant may also be legally blind if there… Read More

The Social Security Act’s regulations provide for a five-step sequential evaluation process for determining whether applicants have a disability that qualifies them for benefits under the Act. Each step may be expressed in the form of a question asked by the examiner or judge about an individual applying for disability. Step 1 –  Is the… Read More

The Code of Federal Regulations of the Social Security Act contains provisions that detail a five-step sequential evaluation process for determining disability. Each step may be expressed in the form of a question asked by the examiner or judge about an individual applying for disability. These five steps flow from the definition of disability found… Read More

An earlier blog briefly described the grid rules – regulations promulgated and used by the Social Security Administration to decide the eligibility of some, but not all, disability claims. The grid rules aim to codify these vocational realities associated with the premise that individuals have a more difficult time finding employment as they age, i.e.,… Read More

What Are The Grid Rules?

By Kenton Koszdin on July 23, 2018
In Disability Insurance

When a claim for disability benefits is filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and a claimant doesn’t meet a medical impairment listing, it evaluates the case using what are commonly known as the “grid rules” to determine whether a claimant is disabled. These rules allow disability cases to be evaluated uniformly by the SSA…. Read More

As your counsel and advocate, along with presenting all evidence in an organized and easy-to-understand fashion, Kenton Koszdin will ask pertinent fact-finding questions to help qualify applicants for eligibility. Perhaps more importantly, the Kenton Koszdin Law Office will prepare you for what is probably the most common question asked by Administrative Law Judges: “In your… Read More

It’s important to prove the extent of your injuries or illness for a Workers’ Compensation (WC) claim. One way to do this is to keep a pain journal. The WC claims administrator will need as much information as possible about your medical condition and how your injury has affected your daily life. You, of course,… Read More

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