Social Security Disability

6 Tips for Handling the Social Security Disability Process

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is an important safety net that can help offset a loss of income due to a disability. However, even if you meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of a disabled person, it can be incredibly challenging to get your SSDI application approved. Here are a few critical tips to help make the process easier. 

List All Your Conditions

First and foremost, make sure you list all your medical conditions. You don’t need to worry about their severity, because the sum of all those conditions might be disability. Make sure to include old injuries that may have lingering effects on your health or mobility, as well.

Be Honest

Your Social Security Disability forms will ask about what you can and cannot do. Chances are good you’ll also speak with a representative from the SSA who will ask similar questions. Be honest about what you cannot do, as well as what you can do. Don’t exaggerate your limitations, but don’t gloss over them, either. 

Send Your Application Now

File your application as soon as you can. It can take a very long time to process an application, so it’s always best to get yours in immediately. Not only will that help speed up the process, but it will limit the strain on your resources if you’re unable to work while waiting for your Social Security Disability application to be approved.

Record Medical Care

You will probably require medical care for the conditions that cause your disability. Document all your doctor visits and any other medical treatments you receive. This can help substantiate your disability claim but also shows that you take your disability seriously.

Avoid Work If Possible

Everyone needs to make ends meet, but if you can avoid it, try not to work while your Social Security Disability claim is pending. Understand that SSDI benefits only go to those who are too disabled to work. Working at all, even just odd jobs could mean your claim is denied.

Get an Attorney

Finally, make sure you have experienced legal help. A reputable Social Security attorney can help with your paperwork, explain the Social Security Disability process, and ensure that you’re able to set realistic expectations. They can also follow up for you on your application to improve your chances of being approved. 

The Social Security Disability process can be daunting, but with a little patience, an understanding of the process, and the right legal help, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you fear. Contact Grewer Law Group now to learn more!

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