David A. Morton III


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

Compassionate Allowances Get Expedited Disability Determinations
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides expedited processing for medical conditions that are listed in the "Compassionate Allowances List" (CAL).
How to Get Your Doctor to Help With Your Social Security Disability Case
Learn how to ask your doctor for help in a way that will support your claim.
Reasons You May Be Denied Social Security Benefits
How to tell whether your claim for SSDI or SSI disability benefits will be denied or approved.
Social Security Disability: Appealing Denied Claims
You may want to file a disability appeal if your application for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits has been denied.
Social Security Disability: Four Levels of Appeal
To appeal a denial of Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits, you'll need to follow these instructions.
Can You Get Social Security Disability Benefits if You Have Drug Addiction or Alcoholism?
You can't get disability for substance use disorder alone, but Social Security can't penalize you by denying you disability benefits for abusing drugs or alcohol.
Social Security Disability: How SSDI and SSI Claims Are Decided
The five steps in the disability determination for SSDI or SSI benefit claims.
Social Security Disability: Deciding Whether to Appeal a Denied Claim
If the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides that you are not eligible for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits, that your current benefits will end, or that the amount of your payment
How Drug or Alcohol Abuse Will Affect a Mental Disability Claim
Can disability applicants with mental disorders who abuse medication, drugs, or alcohol still get disability benefits? It depends.