What Should You Say When Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits?

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When you are beginning your application for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits due to an impairment that will last more than one year and prohibits you from being gainfully employed, it’s important to discuss, as much as possible, the details of your specific disability.

Most Social Security Disability Applicants Don’t Get Benefits Without Legal Assistance

The Social Security disability approval process can be a challenge, so it’s imperative to know what to say when filing your papers, but it’s also important to know what not to say. An approval or denial may depend on how well you complete the paperwork, as it’s one of the main sources of information on which a decision is based. Providing as much information as you can on your medical history, condition and work paints an accurate picture of your situation and helps the SSA make the best decision they can in determining if you may qualify for Social Security disability.

Tips on What to Say When You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

1. Explain Your Symptoms and Limitations

It can sometimes be embarrassing or scary to discuss your medical issues with a stranger, even through paper, but it’s important to be as forthcoming as possible as to how your life has been affected by your condition. Don’t underestimate the the effects your symptoms and limitations have or downplay them. You won’t get Social Security disability if you’re not truthful. Provide as much information as possible on your condition, any medications you take as well as side effects, how your health affects your daily life and how it limits your ability to work.

2. Detail Your Previous Work and Employment History

One reason to apply for Social Security disability is because your health forces you to stop working full time. As a result, you no longer earn enough money to support yourself. Therefore, it’s important to explain details about your previous jobs and why you can’t do those tasks anymore. Talk about:

  • required job duties for each past position you worked
  • your skill level
  • each job’s physical demands, such as if you had to lift more than 50 pounds every work day

You May Qualify for Legal Assistance

Hiring a lawyer who specializes in Social Security disability cases improves your chances for winning benefits right away. An advocate understands how to prove your case, what to say and how to maximize your benefits.

Having a lawyer file your claim doubles your approval odds for benefits the first time you apply. Ready to see if you may qualify? Click the button below to start your free online benefits evaluation now!

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