I am unsure how the process works, as far as someone in an accident may have something out of many categories on list A of impairments. I say if truly unable to work then apply, but before I attempt to help this person complete forms and such, I did not know if those numbers mean anything. For example do they have to add up to a certain number or if that is just a way to identify the category. I have heard it is a grueling process and very time consuming. I do not have the time to spend if they need to add up to a certain number, only to have this person denied and even more stress brought on them. Any answer appreciated.
The best dancer anyone can give you is if you were trying to help someone apply for Social Security benefits, and you are not in the attorney or otherwise qualified expert, you should send your friend to the Social Security office for proper guidance and advice from those who know. Your friend might also be able to get help over the phone.
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Your question is a bit vague but, I think, you are referring to the Listings of impairments. If so, this link may prove helpful: http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/11.00-Neurological-Adult.htm
However, I urge you not to do this yourself as it is more complicated than it seems. Get a good local attorney (NOT an advocate) who can see you through this process.
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If you really want to help your friend, you should help him/her locate an experienced, local Social Security disability attorney to assist. 11.00 is the listing number. Meeting or equalling a listing is only one way to be approved for benefits. Get your friend help from an attorney who is experienced in this area of the law.
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What you are referring to are the Listing for Impairments (though that is not the only way to qualify for benefits). At the application stage, you need not be concerned with it (or at any time really). Best course if at initial application stage is to either go into local Social Security Field Office and apply or call a Social Security attorney who can assist you (and possibly file online).
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Your friend is fortunate to have someone that cares; you and your friend might both be best served by finding a legal specialist who understands Social Security's disability process.
Social Security decides each person's eligibility on a case-by-case basis, and the decisions they make can be mystifying to a person not familiar with their rules.
Social Security decision-makers use a five-step process to decide whether a person is medically qualified to receive benefits. Your question touches on an issue addressed in Step Three. The Number "11.00" is simply a label: this is group Eleven in the list of conditions that are considered more-or-less obviously disabling. Within that group are several conditions, and each condition has specific diagnostic and medical elements that need to be in the medical record in order to establish the person has the condition to the degree qualifying for benefits.
But matching a condition on the List is not the only way a person might be found medically qualified to receive benefits.
A good attorney experienced in Social Security disability can help you and your friend walk through all 5 steps as they apply in his or her unique situation.
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