The road to winning disability benefits can be long and difficult.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to try to improve your odds of receiving benefits. 

First, make sure to fill out all the forms Social Security sends to you.  These forms generally include questions about your condition, and how it affects what you do on a daily basis.  Don’t exaggerate or minimize your symptoms.   Answer these questions completely and honestly.

Get regular treatment from your doctor.  Avoid large gaps in your treatment because

It can be very difficult to prove that your condition is serious if you have several months in a row without treatment.  Try to see your doctor at least once every couple of months, even if it's just to follow up.    Be honest with your doctor. Don’t be embarrassed about your condition.  Let your doctor know all the problems you are struggling with.

Be honest, also, about how well the treatment is working.  Many people feel uncomfortable letting a doctor know if the treatment is not working.  Being honest about the effectiveness of your treatment can not only help your doctor treat you, but also shows you are still having problems.  And most important of all, follow your doctor's instructions.

You can also improve your chances of getting disability benefits by hiring an experienced professional to help fill out the forms and order medical records

Hire an attorney to help you with your claim; someone who is familiar with disability law.  Hire a local attorney who is familiar with the procedures at the local Social Security offices and the doctors in the community. 

Better yet, contact Cuddigan Law.  We will help you throughout the entire process.  We will order your medical records for you, help you fill out the forms they send you, request a letter from your doctor, represent you in your hearing, and we will fight to help you recover your benefits. 

To get started, call us for a free evaluation of your case.  At Cuddigan Law you have a dedicated team of professionals in your corner who understand the system and who will fight for your rights.

Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska