Social security disability (SSD) cases can be complex, and your research may bring you more questions than answers about the process. You have probably looked through many resources online and read up on all of the different myths and misconceptions, but there are a few simple things that you can do to help your case. Sometimes it is important to get back to the basics, so here are five things to keep in mind that will help you in your SSD case.
This might seem like a simple concept when it comes to your SSD case, but it is ultimately a very important part of the claims process. SSD cases rely heavily on medical records, as well as medical opinions of your doctor about your ability to work full time. It is important to fill out all forms with answers that are honest, accurate, and brief. Any inconsistencies in your answers can provide a judge grounds to deny your claim.
Be Realistic About the Process
Many people make the assumption that their claim will be approved because they have paid into the system long enough, or because someone they know who is in a similar situation was also approved. Nationwide, about 70% of claims are denied on the first application filed. Filing appeals can be a lengthy process, but getting your case in front of a judge, if needed, gives you your best chance of winning. The process can be long, and often stressful, but it is important to remain patient and persistent through each step.
Do Not Assume Your Diagnosis Will Win Your Claim
While it is true that the social security administration (SSA) needs a diagnosis, you also need to have medical proof that your diagnosis is causing the limitations that lead to your inability to work full time. SSD cases are won based on your limitations, not on your symptoms. It is important to provide detailed medical records from your doctors that reflect your symptoms, diagnosis, and limitations. While it is important to get medical treatment that will help with your disability, it is also important to exhaust your medical resources to prove in court that you are still unable to work full time despite the treatment you are receiving.
Talk to Your Doctor
Your relationship with your doctor is an important part of the process. Often doctors are not knowledgeable about the SSA’s definition of disability, and they may not support the idea that you are unable to work full time. It is important that your doctor agree as this will be heavily weighed by the judge hearing your case. Also, keep in mind that your family doctor may not be the only opinion that you need. You need to show that you are receiving the best possible medical care, and seeking a specialist can be beneficial, not only for your health, but for your case. Working with a doctor who is experienced with your specific condition will present a stronger case. Any information submitted to the courts from your doctor on your behalf must be detailed, objective, and specific, and a specialist’s expertise will be very useful.
Do Your Research & Trust the Professionals
After researching and reading around online, you may be more confused about the process than when you started. This can be daunting and either create conviction or doubt in your mind about your case. Unfortunately, there are many different and often conflicting concepts online regarding how the SSD process works. Some parts of what you read may be true, while other things may not be completely clear, or even wrong. It is important to contact an experienced attorney to discuss the details of your case, and to determine the course of action that will be best for you. Most people simply cannot manage the amount of paperwork, forms, and red tape that an SSD case can create. The process is complex, and with the help of a social security lawyer on your side, you can build your case, develop a strategy, and obtain the complete information that will maximize the chances of winning your case.
At Seff & Capizzi Law Group, we regularly assist clients with their SSD cases and provide valuable information for those who are interested in filing appeals for their SSD case. Click here for more information about social security disability and how Seff & Capizzi can help. If you need assistance with your SSD case, please call us at (954) 920-9220. We have over 30 years of experience and offer a free consultation. We do not charge an up-front fee for social security legal representation.