Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bridging the gap in a Social Security disability case

Sometimes the evidence isn't exactly what you need in a SSD case, but, if you understand the issues, then you can create the necessary inference.  For example, my client's date last insured was 2009.  Medical evidence proving disability due to osteoarthritis was present in 2010, 10 months past the date last insured.  However, there was a 2009 note referencing a cortisone injection in the left knee.  Given the claimant's knee problems in 2010, the single record in 2009 was enough to support the inference of osteoarthritis in 2009 therefore proving disability.  Someone who only knows how to read medical records wouldn't see this--it takes an experienced SSD attorney.

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