David A. Morton has degrees in psychology (B.A.) and medicine (M.D.). For 14 years, he was a disability determination consultant for the Social Security Administration, serving as Chief Medical Consultant for eight years. In his capacity as Chief Medical Consultant, Dr. Morton hired, trained, supervised and evaluated the work of medical doctors and clinical psychologists, and made thousands of disability determinations for both adults and children. Since 1983, Dr. Morton has authored several books on Social Security disability for attorneys and judges, including Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability.
Articles By David A. Morton III
Those suffering from schizophrenia must have medical records that show how they are limited in functioning socially, focusing on tasks, or in other ways.
Many, but not all, individuals with spinal cord injuries are automatically eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
To get disability for PTSD, Social Security needs to see evidence of past trauma, current symptoms, and severe limitations.
To prepare for your appeal, request a copy of your disability file from Social Security and review it for errors.
Adults can sometimes qualify for Social Security Disability benefits based on adult attention deficit disorder.
Social Security disability needs timely, accurate, and sufficient medical evidence.
You aren't required to bring witnesses to your disability hearing, but in some cases, they can be helpful to your case.
No drug will automatically make you eligible for disability benefits because the side effects are different for everyone.
Your GAF score is just one piece of evidence Social Security will look at when deciding if you're disabled.
With a proper psychiatric diagnosis and documentation of your symptoms and limitations, you may be able to get disability benefits for somatoform disorder.