What are new considerations in the era of COVID-19 for a Social Security Disability case?
1. Onset Date- Think carefully when you set your onset date. Do not use your last day at work if they laid you off or the business shut down due to Covid-19. Look at your medical records and use a date that signifies some significant event in regards to your medical history after you quit working. Most peoples conditions tend to go from bad to worse over time and find a date that the doctor said things were getting worse or that you had a diagnostic test.
2. Telemedicine is legitimate treatment- Do not hesitate to use a tele-doctor. The excuse I could not go to the doctor because I was afraid of getting Covid-19 is not going to fly with judges anymore.
3. Mental health- Has Covid -19 affected your mental health? If it has treat and assert the conditions and subsequent limitations because of the pandemic. Judges are people too and Covid-19 has affected them as well.