The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced new updates to its musculoskeletal disability listings, effective April 2, 2021. This is an important set of changes, as they re-define what may constitute a disability and what conditions fall under the musculoskeletal listings.
When filing a musculoskeletal disability claim, it is important to keep these updates in mind. Speak with a trusted Social Security disability representative at our firm for advice on filing your claim and assistance with filing an appeal if necessary.
Musculoskeletal listings cover back and spine, joint, amputation, and bone issues. New changes require additional requirements and have renumbered listings. Here are some of the key takeaways for the SSA’s updated listings:
These changes will go into effect on April 2, 2021 and impact all pending disability claims. This means cases that have had a hearing but are still awaiting a decision by the April 2nd deadline will be subject to these updated standards.
With new listing criteria, it is essential for applicants to understand the new updates and how they may pertain to their disability cases. Specifically, it is advisable to speak with medical professionals to understand the severity of your injuries. After a medical consultation, talking to your attorney can help you sort through the new requirements and how they may affect your case.
Looking ahead, the SSA has announced numerous communication campaigns to reach vulnerable COVID-19 populations. This means that these and subsequent changes may be better broadcasted and understood in the coming months. Likewise, this may signal that the SSA wants to better assist those affected by the pandemic.
If such is the case, there may be more updates coming for disabilities related to COVID-19 in the future. As always, check back to our site for more SSA developments and speak with your disability attorney about new developments that may affect your application for Social Security benefits.
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