4 Ways To Increase Your Chance Of Getting Social Security Disability Benefits Approved
Did you know that on average less than 30% of SSD applications are approved each year?
In other words, 70% of people who apply for SSD benefits are denied. Applications are denied both for technical denials and medical decisions. This means that filing the paperwork incorrectly, missing medical paperwork, not having enough work credits, and not meeting just one of the many other requirements can get your application easily denied.
Below are 4 ways to help you beat the odds and get your social security disability application approved the first time you apply.
1. See if your condition is considered a disability by The Social Security Administration.
The SSA evaluates each claim using a comprehensive list of medical conditions, the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security commonly referred to as the Blue Book. The Blue Book features 14 different categories of conditions and their related diagnoses. Locate your condition in the Blue Book to determine whether the SSA qualifies it as a disability that would qualify for SSDI.
2. Apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled.
Processing an application for disability benefits can take three to five months and in some cases even longer. The process takes a long time and applying as soon as you become disabled will help you get your benefits faster.
3. Gather medical evidence to build a case in support of your claim.
Gather all medical records regarding your disability and how it’s preventing you from working. Have your doctor write a letter stating how your disability is affecting your ability to work.
4. Have an expert on your side.
Applying for Social Security Benefits is stressful and overwhelming. Lager organizations like the government have their own team of lawyers and experts working to deny people benefits and reduce costs. Having an experienced and qualified advocate or attorney on your side can significantly increase your chances of making sure your claim is processed correctly and promptly. Most disability benefits attorneys work on a contingency basis, therefore there are no out-of-pocket expenses and you do not have to pay anything unless they win your case.