Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be intimidating. However, a few tips can make filling out the application and receiving benefits easier.
Remember, working with a legal professional on the application can also increase the likelihood of initial approval.
List all conditions related to your disability
When filling out the application, be sure to list all medical issues. It doesn’t matter how severe they are or when they started. Include old limitations and new problems to ensure complete transparency with your application.
Be honest and realistic
Don’t exaggerate what you can and can’t do in your application. Don’t ever tell your doctor that you feel “okay” at appointments if you don’t. If this is listed in their medical reports, it can impact your approval odds.
Respond to inquiries
If you are contacted by phone or in writing for additional information related to your application, be sure to answer quickly, clearly and directly. When there’s going to be a delay in providing the required information, let the claims examiner know you are working on it. Sometimes the examiner will request a consultative examination. If this happens, make sure you go to the appointment and cooperate.
Make sure to communicate with your doctor
Your potential for SSD approval can go up if your doctors know what is expected of them. Your doctor will likely have to submit a report about your condition. Be sure this is filled out properly and accurately. To improve the likelihood that your application will be approved.
Increasing your odds of SSD approval
Sometimes, the application process to receive SSD benefits can be long and complicated. The tips here can help you simplify it somewhat. It’s also wise to work with a legal professional who understands the process to ensure you do everything properly.