Tips to Increase Your Chances of Earning Social Security Disability

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a Blue Book that explains and details each mental and physical condition it considers to be a disability.

If a person meets the SSA’s strict definition of “disability,” as well as the criteria laid out in the Blue Book, they may be eligible to receive Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. At the base level, a person must be considered disabled for at least 12 months, and their disability must prohibit them from holding a full-time job that would provide them with gainful employment.

A lot is involved with applying for Social Security disability benefits, and it can be a tricky, drawn-out process. With seemingly countless applications coming through each day, it can take several months to hear whether you have been approved or denied.

It’s also important to take all of the necessary measures to bolster your application, which can save you from having to figure out how to appeal a denied Social Security claim.

Here’s What You Can Do

Because this can be a challenging process, here are some tips to help you improve your chances of getting approved for Social Security disability:

  • Submit copies of all of your medical records, including the most up-to-date results, as part of your Social Security disability benefits application. Be sure to include everything from doctor notes to lab results, consultations and specialist appointments.
  • Be cooperative with the Social Security disability claims examiner assigned to your case. This means you should always respond to letters, phone calls and notices promptly, and be sure to attend any consultant medical exams scheduled for you by the SSA.
  • Be open and honest when talking about your disability and proving all necessary information.
  • Find a doctor who will support your Social Security disability claim and have them fill out a detailed statement explaining why are you considered disabled. It’s also helpful if they complete a residual functional capacity form explaining your functional abilities and restrictions.
  • Watch for important deadlines so they don’t lapse on your application.
  • Keep tabs on your application status by checking in periodically.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with individuals working on your case, including your claims representative, your Social Security disability claims examiner and your doctor.
  • Consider reaching out to an advocate or attorney who may help improve your chances of getting approval on the initial application, which will save you from going through the appeals process.

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