March 2014

Using the “Grids” to win a Social Security Disability claim

Using the Medical-Vocational Guidelines, or "Grids" to which they are commonly referred, in the appropriate Social Security disability claims can often mean a guaranteed victory for your clients. There is a section of the law tucked quietly away in the appendices of the Social Security Act that is used for determining whether a person is automatically entitled to Social Security disability benefits based on their age, education, prior work experience and maximum exertional capacity. See, http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-app-p02.htm. If a claimant meets certain criteria listed in these Grids based upon the medical evidence in the claim file, a favorable determination...

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