Do you have a disabling condition that makes it impossible to work? If you do, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
However, things are not so straightforward. The vast majority of initial SSD applications do not sail through to approval, and the applicants have to go through the appeal process or start over, which can be quite frustrating.
Here is what you can do to strengthen your claim:
Provide complete and accurate information
The amount of paperwork you have to get through when filling your SSD forms may be a lot, but you need to ensure you do not miss out on anything or provide inaccurate information. Slight errors that may seem insignificant can lead to a denial of your claim.
Have the necessary medical documentation ready
Your disability claim rests on the medical evidence you provide. If you do not have proof of your disability, such as supporting medical records to show that your disability prevents you from working, your claim is not likely to be accepted.
Follow your doctor’s treatment regime
Ensure you follow what your doctor says about treating your condition. Should the SSA determine that you are not following your doctor’s treatment or not doing enough to get better, your claim could be rejected.
What are your chances of getting SSD benefits?
While few initial applicants get their claims approved on the first try, a good number of appeals go through. Therefore, all is not lost even if your claim is not approved at first.
Ideally, you would aim for success on your initial application. If it doesn’t work out that way, it may be time to prepare yourself for the appeal process, depending on the reasons for your denial.