You may have heard that the Social Security Administration denies every disability claim. While this is a myth, it is true that roughly 65% of first-time claims are denied. If you are disabled and planning to file for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, there are steps you can take to increase the likelihood your claim will be approved.
Get Regular Medical Exams
Don’t stop seeing the doctor. Your medical providers need to see you regularly to assess your condition. Your application needs to show your current physical condition and why it prevents you from working.
In addition, the SSA will review your medical records before approving or denying your claim. Incomplete records or signs that you have stopped cooperating with your doctor may increase the chance of denial.
Gather Documentation Including RFC
You are building up medical evidence by continuing to see your doctor. When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you will provide copies of medical records in your possession. You may also give your doctor forms to fill out, including a residual functional capacity assessment.
Applicants must also prove who they are. So, you will need to show the SSA things like an original birth certificate, proof of U. S. citizenship or legal alien status, work history records, some military records, and records regarding other benefits you are receiving.
Hire a Disability Attorney
You don’t hire a plumber to do heart surgery. So, don’t hire the wrong person to help you with your disability claim. Doing it by yourself is even more stressful.
An experienced California disability attorney knows how the system works. Experience and knowledge may make the difference between a speedy approval or a crushing denial of benefits. If you are denied, an attorney who has handled Social Security Disability Insurance claims knows how and when to appeal.
Learn More About Qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits.
The application process can be long and frustrating, so you need someone on your side. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ experience. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100 or use our Contact Form. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.