When you have to file for Social Security disability benefits, it can be a daunting task. It’s imperative that you include all of the necessary information to increase the chances that your disability case will be approved. There are some things that you can proactively do to avoid issues. It’s important to understand the process and all of the pieces involved. Here are some disability case tips as you move forward through the process of your disability case.
Disability case tips:
– Apply as soon as possible./p>
It’s important to apply as soon as you can. You don’t want to wait for money to get tight before you apply. It doesn’t matter how much money you currently have in your bank. It only matters whether or not your disability qualifies for benefits, so don’t wait until you have depleted your resources.
The application process can be a lengthy one. The application itself may take a year to process. If your claim is denied, you may want to request an appeal or a hearing to reevaluate the decision. This will tack on extra time and you need to make sure you have the resources to sustain you throughout the process.
– Assess hiring an attorney for your disability case.
You should evaluate whether or not you need an attorney. It can be an overwhelming process and an attorney who specializes in disability cases can be a great asset. An attorney will help you organize your case and can help shorten the entire process. This specialist can help clarify any questions you have, help fill out paperwork, appear with you at a hearing, keep tabs on where your claim is in the process and organize your medical evidence.
– Keep careful records.
The evidence of your medical condition is the backbone of your claim. You need to keep an ongoing log of all of your appointments, receipts, treatments and medications. A diary of your chronic pain will also help back up your claim that you are unable to work. Record any symptoms and conditions that you experience, even if you think they may not be directly related to your disability. The more thorough the records you keep, the greater chance of success you will have.
– Work with your doctor.
Your doctor will be able to provide all of the medical records you need for your disability case. If your doctor is reluctant to get involved, your attorney can help with the organization of these medical records.
It’s also imperative that you follow the recommendations of your doctor. This will show that you are working to try to improve your condition. If you refuse prescribed treatment, it is a basis for the denial of your claim.
– Keep tabs on the status of your claim.
You need to keep track of the status of your claim. An attorney can assist you with this as well. This is important because it may get stuck during the process. If you address any problems quickly, you will be able to get your claim approved faster.
– Be respectful and patient with people working on your case.
Even though you may be very uncomfortable and in pain, it’s important to have patience with those who are helping to work on your case. This applies for your attorney, but also Social Security Administration employees and disability advocates.
By following the disability case tips above, you can increase your chance of winning your disability case. Contact us with any questions about how to move forward with your case.