|Scales of Justice|
- What is your cognitive-neuro score? This is a grueling all day tests that measures your cognitive deficit and is administered by a credentialed forensic specialist psychologist.
- How does altered sleep interfere with your ability to copy with everyday things?
- How long does it take you to prepare for work?
- What is your life like at work?
- Is your work willing to make accommodations?
- Have you had to make adjustments to your work schedule in order to cope with the pain and fatigue?
- What is your work record like, are you unable to make it many days, and if so, why?
Your denial letter will most likely suggest you do some specific type of simple, sedentary work. The SSA gets their suggestions from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and their suggestion may have little or no relevance to your claim. If you disagree with the decision, you can request a review, called an “appeal.” There are certain guidelines for filing the appeal, so be sure to verify information with the Social Security Administration.
Here is a link you might find helpful. http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10041.pdf
- Always be truthful
- Document everything, even your conversations with SSA (you won't remember, but they will)
- Explain what it is like on your worst day (I recommend having someone help you fill out the paper work during these periods, as most likely you will not be able to. It is human to dismiss how bad things are on a bad day when you are having a good one. This is what your life is like, explain it in no uncertain terms, it is difficult for those who do not experience our pain and fatigue to know what it is like).
You can find the book at all major retailers. There is a synopsis on the book and links for purchase. though it was written with specific patients in mind, 80% of the material can apply to anyone living with invisible illness. In healing and hope, Celeste