It can take a long time for a Social Security Disability application to be approved, and all the while you’re waiting to receive the benefits you desperately need. If your application is declined and you are forced to appeal the decision, it can take you even longer to get disability benefits. For these reason, it is critical to present a strong application. Learn how you can improve your application with these tips.
- Submit the most recent copies of your medical records when you apply. If you need to appeal, update your records with the most recent copies to ensure that your treatment is properly represented.
- Include a detailed list of all physicians and hospitals that provided medical treatment. Remember to include emergency services, your primary care doctor, any specialists, rehabilitation or therapy, and other treatments. If possible, include the dates of appointments and notes on the appointments. Try to list this information as far back as you are able to, since demonstrating lengthy treatment can support your claims about the severity of your injuries.
- Provide your records with your application. The disability examiner can request your records from your healthcare providers, but it is easier if you provide the records for the examiner. Often, the wait for record requests to be processed is the reason that it can take so long for disability applications to be approved.
- Ask your doctor to provide a detailed statement about your injuries and your inability to work.
- Promptly respond to letters or requests for further information from the disability examiner. Cooperate with their requests, and attend any medical examinations scheduled by the examiner.
- Stay updated on your case. Your attorney can help you keep up-to-date on the process, or you can contact the Disability Determination Services office and ask about the progress of your claim. Keeping in touch can help you avert problems by providing needed information quickly.
- Verify that all requested paperwork is received after you submit it. Your claim may be slowed down or denied due to missing paperwork. A call to your examiner can ensure that your paperwork is in order and they have all the necessary information to review your claim.
- Make sure that you meet all deadlines of your claim, including filing and appeal deadlines.
- Be courteous and helpful to those involved in your case. This may include personnel at the Social Security office, your disability claims examiner, your lawyer, or non-attorney disability representative. Remaining on good terms with the team involved with your claim may help your claim to get a little more attention and may even influence a favorable decision.
- If your claim is denied, get help from a Social Security lawyer to begin the appeals process. The deadline to file an appeal is short, so it is critical to contact an attorney to start the process quickly.
The application process for your disability claim is challenging enough. These tips can help you increase the chances of a favorable decision, and help you receive the benefits your need. A qualified Social Security attorney may also be able to increase the effectiveness of your claim. They can offer you the know-how and experience to ensure that every possible problem is addressed.
Our Worcester Social Security lawyers are dedicated to getting our clients the benefits they deserve. At the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr., we pride ourselves on delivering personalized client service and compassionate legal guidance. Contact our team today at (508) 926-8833 to request a consultation.