- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Five Areas of the ADA
- The ADA General Rule—Statute 42 U.S.C. §12112(a) Qualified Individual, Essential Function, Reasonable Accommodation
- United States Department of Labor (USDOL)—Equal Employment Opportunity, Undo Hardship
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- Patient Rights
- Miscellaneous Programs and Help, such as Workers’ Compensation, COBRA, Private Disability Insurance, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), ERISA, FMLA, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Temporary Assistance Programs
- Confidentiality and HIPAA
- Interaction Worksheet for Important Calls and Meetings [with the SSA]
- Table for Determining Disability Status for Those Limited to Sedentary Work
- Table for Determining Disability Status for Those Capable of Light Physical Work
Rule #3 - Provide evidence of how your symptoms obstruct your daily living, and what alterations you have made to survive. Make sure documentation reaches your medical records.
- Medication Log
- Symptom Inventory Survey
- Anatomical Diagram of Pain
- Health History Log
- Treating Health Care Provider Log
- Chronological Health Record
Rule #6 - Brainfog? Get a neurocognitive exam.
- What is your cognitive-neuro score?
- Does altered sleep interfere with your ability to cope, if so, how?
- How long does it take you to prepare simple tasks?
- Do you have to have medical equipment to carry on each day?
- Are there days when you can’t drive and why?
- Are you able to lift, carry, stand, use your arms for long periods, if not, why?
- Are your symptoms affecting your relationships and how?
- Do you have other conditions that affect your pain and function?
- What adjustments have you made to accommodate your personal needs?
SSDI and Their Expert Witness
Rule #7 - Don’t give up.