Steps to a Successful Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

January 18, 2017

Successfully applying for Social Security disability benefits can seem like a daunting prospect.  Applications are up but the rate of applicants who are ultimately approved, however, has remained slim — averaging just 36 percent for claims filed from 2004 to 2013, according to the report. Only about a quarter are awarded benefits on their initial claim.

The reality is, more often than not, you’ll be denied and waits for a hearing can stretch the process out for two years or longer.  While reforms are being proposed, there is no short term solution.  In the meantime, the SSDI process puts a lot of responsibility on the applicant to get the right materials to the right people at the right time–applying is almost like a job in itself, which is ironic because individuals are applying because they cannot work.

A few tips will help you navigate the process.

  1.  Gather your medical records prior to the application and submit them; do not rely on SSA to obtain them.
  2. Continue to see your physicians and report your symptoms so you can show a longitudinal records of your medical impairments.
  3. As your physician to provide work restrictions.  The basis of any disability claim are the work related restrictions that your medical impairments impose.
  4. Complete all forms that SSA sends you in a timely manner and send them back.
  5. If you are denied, you have only sixty days to appeal the determination.

If you need help with your disability claim, contact Tracy Tyson Miller at 904-9812-9812 or ssdlawyer@bellsouth.net

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