Applicants For Benefits Should Know Some Information About The Grid RulesAn experienced attorney may provide all of the necessary assistance in ensuring that every possible avenue to eligibility is considered. A knowledgeable attorney may ensure that any applicant fully takes advantage of the rules intended to help individuals obtain eligibility for disability benefits. One of the best ways to make sure you understand all of the technical, legal requirements associated with applying for disability benefits is to retain the services of an experienced, knowledgeable and qualified attorney like Mike Sullivan at the Sullivan Law Office.

When an applicant files a claim for disability benefits, the SSA (Social Security Administration) evaluates the case using regulations known as the “Grid Rules.” These rules make it possible for SSA examiners to uniformly evaluate each disability case. These rules apply only to applicants with physical limitations. Mental health problems or a pain diagnosis without any functional limitations will not trigger the application of the grid rules. Working with a  attorney that is knowledgeable and experienced in understanding and interpreting these rules ensures that you have the best chance of successfully filing a disability application.

While many of the SSA’s rules and regulations address the evaluation of medical information, it has published other rules and regulations known as the “medical-vocational guidelines.” These guidelines focus on a claimant’s age, education and work background rather than his or her medical problems. Since they are set forth in five columns or “grids,” most people in the disability industry – attorneys, examiners, and ALJs – refer to these regulations as the “grid rules.” Interpreting and clarifying the grid rules is just one reason why having the assistance of legal counsel ensures that an application has the best chance of receiving a favorable determination of eligibility for disability benefits.

An experienced attorney may help make any complicated assessment related to the grid rules and a disability case and application. Did you know that statistically, seventy percent of all SSI and SSDI claims are denied after the first application? Once disability benefits are initially denied, there is not much time to appeal this decision. Take advantage of the legal services offered by the Sullivan Law Office to assist in sorting through the extensive requirements, including the grid rules, that determine eligibility for disability benefits. The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases.  Contact the Sullivan Law Office to get the help you need in the Louisville metro area. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.