Social Security Administration is a government agency which is independent from all branches of the government. The new ruling provides that if the disability claimant’s drug or alcohol problem is material, the Administrative Law Judge is required to view surrounding evidence to determine whether said medical or physical impairment(s) are directly related to, or caused by either the drug or alcohol addiction.
Title II provides for payment of disability benefits to individuals who are “insured” under the Act by virtue of their contributions to the Social Security trust fund through the Social Security tax on their earnings, as well as to certain disabled dependents of insured individuals.
Within five years of returning to the work force and leaving again due to disability, you will be eligible for “expedited reinstatement.” During the trial work period, they will not stop your benefits; during the extended trial work period, Social Security can stop your benefits.
Because there is no direct involvement of medical professionals in the disability decisions made by administrative law judges in the Office of Hearings and Appeals, administrative law judges sometimes request expert testimony on complex medical issues.
Other major reasons an SSDI claim may be denied include: the disability applicant lists numerous impairments but not a main problem, the medical problem does not meet the SSA listing for that specific problem, and the applicant worked after the onset date of the condition.