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How can I improve my chances of earning disability benefits?

| Jul 19, 2021 | SSDI

Disability benefits are often the only source of income that a disabled person has to pay for essentials like rent, utilities and food. Despite how essential this income is, the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies more than 50% of initial applications.

Suppose you are trying to secure the benefits you need for either temporary or permanent disability benefits. In that case, you want to be sure that you are doing everything in your power to increase your chances of application approval. Here are five tips to help you increase the odds:

Be thorough

When you try to prove the severity of your illness or injury, do not omit any relevant details of your injury. Assuming a detail is too small to include can be the difference between a first application acceptance and preparing for an appeal.

Be accurate

When you are reporting information for your appeal, provide as much detail as possible in your statements. Confirming dates, times, and specifics of your condition helps illustrate your claim for disability benefits.

Provide evidence

It is not enough to just say that you have a disability; you need to be able to prove it. Medical evidence is essential in getting the SSA to accept your claim. While building a medical report, ask your doctor to verify you with as many details and evidence in your report.

Follow doctor’s orders

If the SSA becomes aware that you were disobeying your doctor’s orders regarding treatment or medication, it may prompt them to deny your claim. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter during your disability claim.

Hire an attorney

A disability lawyer can help you compile your strongest application for disability benefits. Additionally, they can help you appeal any denials to help you secure the benefits you deserve. Let an experienced attorney help you avoid these and other mistakes in your claim to help you increase the chances of receiving the benefits you need.