It’s a fact: you are likely to be denied in your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits. But you can significantly improve your odds of winning by following these four tips:
Tip Number 1: See a doctor.
To prove you cannot work due to a physical or mental condition, you'll have to show the Social Security Administration that your condition has been diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. You'll want to make sure to get regular and consistent medical treatment. When talking to your doctor, make sure you are honest when reporting your condition, and follow all treatments prescribed by your doctor. Consistent treatment will help you document your medical conditions and these medical records will help you show that your medical impairment prevents you from working.
Tip Number 2: Get support from your doctor.
In a disability case, Social Security might send you to meet with one of its doctors, who might say that you can work despite your condition. So talk you your doctor about whether or not you are a good candidate for disability. If your doctor is supportive, you will want to get a letter that explains what conditions you have and how they interfere with your ability to work. Social Security is required to consider all medical opinions, and your treating doctor is supposed to be given preference over Social Security’s doctors.
Tip Number 3: Complete all Social Security forms.
In your claim for disability, Social Security will likely send you some forms to complete. These forms can be confusing and burdensome. Nevertheless, make sure to complete these forms thoroughly and accurately, and be specific how you are affected by your medical condition.
Tip Number 4: Hire an attorney to represent you.
The disability process is complicated and usually takes more than a year. More than half of all disability recipients had to appear in front of a judge to obtain their benefits. You need a skilled advocate in your corner. Our law firm stands ready to help you. We will help you complete forms, order medical records, obtain an opinion from your treating provider, answer your questions, and we will represent you at your hearing.
At Cuddigan Law you have a team of dedicated professionals in your corner who understand the system and who will fight for your rights.