In an ideal world, if you become disabled, then you should be quickly awarded the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits that you are entitled to receive. Sadly, the current system can take a long time to review your case, and rejections for borderline issues are all too common.
In order to increase your chances of being awarded the SSDI payments that you deserve, there are two proven strategies that you can use:
Success Strategy #1: Let Your Doctor Help You
Before you ever file for SSDI, you should make an appointment to speak with your doctor. At your appointment, you should ask your physician if they consider you to be disabled. While this may be an uncomfortable conversation for you, if your doctor is in agreement that you are disabled, then your application process with the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be much easier.
With your doctor's agreement about your disability, you can ask them to help you by filling out a physician's statement for the SSA and ensuring the timely transfer of all of your medical records. These two actions will prevent your first application from being denied out-of-hand for a lack of complete medical information.
Success Strategy #2: Complete All Paperwork
As with many government programs, the SSDI application process will require you to fill out pages and pages of information. Many of the questions will center around your activities of daily living and your medical history.
When you fill out any paperwork for the SSA, you should ensure that the information you are providing is a true and correct representation of your condition and abilities on the date of your application. This is not the time to be optimistic about your abilities or leave out problems that you hope will improve over time.
For example, if you are too stiff and sore in the morning to take a shower or cook yourself breakfast, then you need to list this information where appropriate on your paperwork. If you assume you will be able to easily rise and cook for yourself in future months, you should not put this information on your paperwork. You do not know for sure how your condition will improve or decline, and the optimism can cause your application to be denied. You can always send an amendment later if your condition changes for the better or worse.
Using the helpful strategies listed above, you can successfully obtain your SSDI payments on your first application. If you need additional assistance, you should speak with an attorney in your local area, like Mckown Jim Attorney At Law, who provides clients with Social Security Disability representation.Share