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
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides expedited processing for medical conditions that are listed in the "Compassionate Allowances List" (CAL).
The five steps in the disability determination for SSDI or SSI benefit claims.
Will your claim for SSDI or SSI disability benefits be denied?
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If you believe you might qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you need your doctor to support your claim for disability.
Dependency on prescribed narcotics won't keep you from getting disability, assuming you have a severe medical impairment other than drug addiction.
Can disability applicants with mental disorders who abuse medication, drugs, or alcohol still get disability benefits? It depends.
You may want to file a disability appeal if your application for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits has been denied.