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Filing for Social Security Disability: Tips to Help Strengthen Your Disability Case

by | Feb 29, 2024 | SSD - Social Security Disability |

Each year millions of people apply for Social Security Disability benefits. However, majority of these individuals are denied at the initial and reconsideration level. While every case is extremely different with its own set of issues and factors to consider, there are four things you can do to help improve the strength of your case when filing for benefits. First, educate yourself about what the Social Security Administration considers as disabled. This definition of disability has a lot to do with your medical issues, age, education, and past work. Second, make sure to receive treatment and medical care for the issues you consider disabling. Medical evidence supporting your claim is crucial. The first thing that will be reviewed in your case is your medical records. If you end up having to go to a hearing before a judge, these will also be the first thing the judge reviews when looking at your case. If you do not have health insurance, consider Medicaid or finding county medical assistance. Thirdly, make sure to communicate with your medical providers. This includes keeping appointments and following up with your provider’s recommendations. It is also important to report all symptoms and limitations to your doctors, so they document them appropriately in your records. Fourth, be patient, cooperate, and stay in touch with the law firm that is representing you. Unfortunately, the Social Security Disability process can be lengthy so stay patient. You also need to cooperate with the law firm representing you (or Social Security Administration) to provide any information or documentation they may need. This includes up to date mailing address and telephone number as well as any ongoing medical visits or treatment. If you are not able to be reached by your representatives, you could hurt your own case. Overall, while these tips do not guarantee you will be approved for disability, they will significantly help and prepare your case.


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