5 Steps to take to improve your chances of being approved for Social Security Disability

  1. Talk to your doctor.
    Before applying for Security Disability benefits discuss with your doctor whether or not he/she will support a disability claim. It is helpful for your doctor to write a written statement attesting to the severity of your condition. Furthermore, a written statement to corroborate that your conditions prevent you from working.
  2. Follow all recommended treatment by your doctors.
    When Social Security reviews your claim for disability benefits, they will look at your past treatment and how you responded to prescribed treatments. A denial could result if you have not followed your doctor’s recommended treatment plan. It is essential to maintain regular treatment for two main reasons:

    1. The Social Security Administration (SSA) may perceive your lack of treatment as evidence that your condition is not as severe as you contend.
    2. The more objective evidence is derived from treating on a regular basis. This helps to support a strong claim.
  3. Honesty is the best policy in your disability claim.
    While you are in the process of applying for Social Security, be realistic and straightforward about what you can and cannot do. Avoid exaggeration and make sure to always discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If it’s helpful, make a list of your daily symptoms and struggles and bring it with you to your next doctor’s appointment. This way you will not forget to discuss all of your disabling conditions with your doctor.
  4. Maintain a good relationship with those who are assisting you with your claim.
    Make sure to keep in regular contact with those assisting you in your disability claim. Maintaining a strong relationship with your doctors, case managers, County workers, and your representative is imperative to keep the disability process running as efficiently as possible.
  5. Hire a Representative to help you through the process.
    A qualified Disability Representative can help you file the proper paperwork and acquire the right medical documentation to improve your chances as well as file any necessary appeals in the event your disability claim is denied. A representative can help you avoid missing important deadlines and make sure all imperative paperwork is submitted.

Representative Ann Hunt