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What examiners look for when reviewing disability applications

If a California resident is applying for Social Security disability benefits, the first step is to send an application that will be reviewed by an examiner. The examiner will pay special attention to any jobs performed within the past 15 years as skills used during this period of time are generally still relevant. During the analysis of the applicant's job history, an examiner will look for job titles and dates of employment.

Social Security benefits and back pay

Many people who are no longer able to work in California due to a disability can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. When the claim is approved, the claimant is awarded back pay based on the date of onset of the disability. The onset date is determined by the administration after an examination of the claimant's medical records.

Don't minimize disabilities when applying for benefits

When people in California face disabling illnesses and injuries that prevent them from returning to work, they may feel pressured to minimize their symptoms and conditions. People may feel embarrassed or ashamed about their disabilities, or they may face years of family or social conditioning that encourage them to dismiss their own pain. However, this can work against a person considerably when he or she is applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

How to obtain medical records at a low cost

When a person submits an application for Social Security disability benefits, an examiner relies on an applicant's medical records to make a decision. If an individual has not sought treatment prior to submitting an application, there are many ways to do so. California residents who don't have money to see a doctor may opt to go to a free clinic or a nearby emergency room for treatment.

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