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.
Thanks for pointing out that a social security lawyer can be a great asset to your case. Since it is such a complex process, it seems like having the help of a professional will make it a lot less stressful. I would assume that an attorney can also ensure that you are providing all of the correct information and documentation.
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This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to trust the professionals when dealing with a SSD case. My husband and I have been trying to do research on the matter, and it seems like a really complicated process. We’ll definitely look into hiring an attorney, and we’ll trust them to know what they’re doing and to inform us with what we need to know. Thanks for the great post!
Social security is important. It is money that you have saved for your later years. I agree that you must be realistic about the process because you have to give it time.
I think it’s really important that you be realistic about the case, just like you said. You have to know that your claim depends on your defense, and just because you win a case you won’t be getting a massive windfall. I think having a lawyer at your side to help you see what may happen is invaluable.
I really liked your advice to be honest when it comes to the process of getting your social security. Many peopled don’t recognize the importance of being honest. However, truth always comes out. The last thing you want to do is lose a lot of money due to dishonesty. Do you have any tips about hiring an attorney for disability?
I really like your tip for being realistic about the process. My mom is going to be going to court over her social security in the next few weeks so I will be sure to pass this info on to her. She is currently looking for a lawyer to help her through the process so hopefully it will all go smoothly.
Finding a good social security lawyer who can help you manage the paperwork, forms, and red tape properly seems like it would be very beneficial to your case. Making sure you provide your social security lawyer with everything they need and being honest with them seems like it would also help with the case. I would imagine that the more your lawyer know the better they can help you.
I love your advice to be realistic about the process. You really do have to be sure that you are getting what you expect. You don’t want to be disappointed in the outcome of your social security case. Do you have any tips about finding a good lawyer to help you if needed?