About 60% of Social Security Disability initial claim applications get denied. Such a startling number may make you feel like giving up before you get started. But before you give up altogether, here are three steps you can take to improve your chances of Social Security Disability claim approval.
1. Gather the right documentation.
The more thorough you are on the front end, the better your chances for receiving approval for Social Security Disability. Document all time lost from work, medical bills, and doctors notes.
- Consider organizing all your documentation in a binder or folder system. Keep all documents in chronological order.
- Keep a journal of all the symptoms you experience from your injury or disability.
- Track how your injury or disability interferes with your ability to work as normal.
Providing evidence of your impairment or disability can help you as you pursue SSD.
2. Follow prescribed treatments and keep medical appointments.
The SSA is concerned with preventing fraudulent claims being processed. So if you have an injury or disability, you will need to prove that you are seeking the proper treatment.
If you do not follow through with the treatments prescribed for you, you will almost definitely not be approved to receive Social Security Disability unless you have a valid reason for not following through with the recommended treatments.
3. Hire a personal injury lawyer.
A Social Security Disability case is almost impossible to win without the help of a personal injury lawyer. Whether you are gathering information, making the initial application, or trying to appeal a denied application, the process is full of potential pitfalls that could jeopardize your case. Having a personal injury lawyer on your side can help you know the right steps to take as you move forward with your Social Security Disability claim and give you peace of mind in the process.
These three steps can go a long way in improving your chances for claim approval. Richard Smith has been practicing law for over 30 years and can offer compassionate attention to your case. Smith Injury Law, PA, (864) 236-5530 offers a free consultation.
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