We represent a 55 year old construction worker from St. James with hip and spine impairments, whose Social Security Disability (“SSD”) benefits were approved today, six months after we filed his application. While we are glad that we were able to obtain SSD benefits without the need for a hearing, six months was still too long a time for the approval.
Based on the claimant’s work history, age and education, he was entitled to SSD benefits under the medical-vocational rules even if he were physically able to perform “light work.” Light work is more strenuous than sedentary, desk work.
The claim file contained close to 1,500 pages of medical records. There were plenty of objective diagnostic test results that showed the claimant would be unable to stand and walk for the requisite 6 hours a day to perform light work.
Social Security has many excuses when we challenge their delay tactics. The undeniable fact is that if we do not constantly call the local office, and the Stage agency analyst handling our clients’ claims, the delays would be much longer. Do not accept their perpetual cycle of delays. Call our office for a free phone consultation, whether you are considering applying for SSD, or if you applied on your own and realize that you need an experienced disability attorney to navigate the administrative process. Our offices are located on Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
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