What Is Disability?

In today’s society, with its progressive treatment of people with disabilities and the numerous opportunities available to people with disabilities to become full members of society, it is hard to believe that attitudes such as what I encountered last weekend still persist, but they do. It is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on disability or for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or giving statements in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under the ADA.

To meet 14.07A, a claimant would need to suffer from Sepsis, Meningitis, Pneumonia, Septic Arthritis, Endocarditis, or Sinusitis and it would need to be resistant to treatment or require intravenous treatment three or more times in a year or require hospitalization.

Because many claimants do not understand the way the disability system works and, instead of following each step of the process; 1) initial claim, 2) reconsideration appeal, 3) request for disability hearing; they make the mistake of repeatedly filing a new claim, which is denied, again and again.

If you decide to represent yourself, make sure all your medical records have been submitted to Social Security and the Hearing Office, and familiarize yourself with the records and with Social Security’s “listings,” or requirements, which can be found on Social Security’s website.

In general, they range in age from 30 to 60, have worked most of their adult life, have a confirmed physical and/or psychological disorder, undergo regular and consistent treatment with their doctor/psychiatrist/psychologist, have documented symptoms and limitations significant enough to preclude full time work, and they believe or have good reason to believe their doctor(s) will support their claim for disability.