Louisa’s rheumatoid arthritis became so bad she was no longer able to work. She worried about paying her bills and taking care of her family. Louisa learned that Social Security Disability Insurance might provide the financial support she needs. However, she worried about the application process. In particular, she wondered how she could prove her disability claim.
What is the Social Security Administration looking for?
The first thing to understand is that Social Security Administration denies most claims. So, don’t give up if you are denied the first time you apply. You can appeal. But, first, there are things you can do to help the SSA approve your application the first time.
Here’s what you will have to prove to the Social Security Administration to be successful:
- Medical evidence that you have a condition and that condition is severe enough to be disabling.
- Evidence of an impairment from objective and acceptable medical sources.
- Proof that you cannot work because of the medical condition.
A Consultative Examination Report may be required. This can be prepared by the applicant’s own physicians or by independent medical sources chosen by the SSA.
The SSA typically explores how a claimant’s symptoms affect their ability to function. For example, if a claimant suffers from shortness of breath due to congestive heart failure, would they still be able to pull orders in a warehouse?
What can you do to give your application a better chance?
To make it more likely that your claim is approved, it’s very important to:
- Correctly complete the paperwork. Your application will be delayed or denied if your application is incomplete or incorrect.
- Comply with all regulations. If the Social Security Administration wants an original birth certificate, give them one.
- Provide all requested supporting documents. For example, you will need to show an original birth certificate and Social Security card.
- Provide all requested information. Among other things, you will need to give them names, dates of birth, marital status, and contact information.
- Continue meeting with medical providers. Your application probably will be denied if you are no longer needing to see your doctor or specialists.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions. Refusing to cooperate with your doctor may make it seem like you are not really disabled.
Filing a complete application is important to receive the benefits you need as quickly as possible.
Do You or Someone You Know Need to Apply for Disability?
Get the help of an experienced Social Security attorney. The Social Security Disability Insurance application process can be long and frustrating. You need someone on your side who understands the system.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have helped many clients receive the disability benefits they deserve. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.