Even if you have a severe disability, getting the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits you need is never easy. In fact, most disability claims are initially denied. Fortunately, however, there are several steps you can take to strengthen your disability claim – and thereby increase your chances of receiving the benefits you need and deserve.
- Keep seeing your doctor regularly: While you may be disabled, if you don’t have the medical records to back up your claim, it will typically be denied. This is why it is so important to go to all of your doctor appointments, including those set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In addition, you should always tell your doctor about all of your symptoms, making sure to never minimize your condition. Quite simply, an accurate record of past appointments can help prove the severity of your disability.
- Organize your medical records: Even though the SSA will request a copy of your medical records, the truth is that some records often slip through the cracks. This is why it is crucial to maintain your own set of medical records, including a list of all doctors your have seen, the medications prescribed and the dates of your appointments. In some cases, you may even want to submit your own copies of your medical records when you initially submit your claim – especially since the wait for medical records is often the biggest delay in processing claims. Also, this information will prove invaluable should your claim be denied because certain records are missing.
- Consult with an SSD lawyer: Hiring an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer is one of the best decisions you can make when filing an SSD claim. Indeed, having a lawyer by your side will significantly improve your chances of having your benefits approved. The only question you need to ask yourself is, “which law firm should I hire?”
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Call the Philip J. Fulton Law Office today for your FREE consultation with one of our Social Security Disability attorneys. We can explain your options and help indentify other steps – in addition to those mentioned above – that you can take to strengthen your claim. Even if your claim has already been denied, we can still help. Your future is too important to trust to anyone else, so contact us today.