Our North Carolina Disability Attorney Addresses Establishing Credibility

For assistance in establishing credibility, speak with our North Carolina Social Security attorney from the Bridgman Law Offices at (888) 632-9912.

Credibility

Our North Carolina Disability Attorney Addresses Establishing Credibility

Our North Carolina disability attorney often addresses credibility issues in cases simply because an investigator or judge might challenge applicants who are seeking Social Security disability benefits. Representatives for the Social Security Administration will review the following key factors when assessing your credibility, your reports of pain and if you can work or carry out daily tasks:

  • Your medical history
  • Reports and tests from medical professionals and labs
  • The short- and long-term prognosis of your condition as reported by your physician, mental health professionals and other providers
  • Statements and letters from your attending physician, psychologist and other individuals, including your spouse, relatives, friends, co-workers and employer
  • How you have responded to treatment to date
  • Your daily activities
  • Your work history, including the efforts you have put forth to look for a job
  • The perceptions and observations of your investigator or other SSA employees and
  • Other relevant information related to your symptoms and condition.

Our North Carolina disability attorney can discuss these areas with you in order to substantiate your claims and bolster your credibility.

Demonstrating Consistency in Your SSD Case

One indicator of your credibility is your consistency in your statements over time in your SSD case. In addition, the case investigator will review your consistency with all information when taken as a whole. This includes:

  • Evaluating the consistency of your statements with medical and lab test results along with statements made by medical professionals
  • Assessing your medical history and treatment
  • Comparing statements made on your claim with other statements made throughout the course of your case
  • Evaluating statements made to physicians and SSA personnel throughout the process
  • Consideration of your statements in the light of your efforts to work, behaviors and the reports of others, including personal testimony from SSA employees during their interactions with you.
  • Reviewing statements related to other cases, such as private insurance benefits, workers' compensation or veterans' benefits.

Even so, inconsistency in your statements does not always negate your credibility. Your symptoms will likely not remain the same and instead worsen or improve during the application process. As a result, you will probably feel different as your case progresses. You can address any questions you have regarding how each of these factors will affect your case with our North Carolina Social Security attorney.

Call Our North Carolina Disability Attorney

For assistance in establishing credibility in your case, speak with our North Carolina Social Security attorney from the Bridgman Law Offices at (888) 632-9912.