Applying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits seems like it would be fairly straight forward: fill out an application, receive a rapid approval, and begin collecting benefits. Ideally, the disability system would work that way. Unfortunately, the reality of applying for SSDI is a much more frustrating experience. It’s estimated that only one of every three initial SSDI applications is approved. Fortunately, seeking the assistance of a qualified SSDI attorney can help you prepare for the application process.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has guidelines for what constitutes a disability. Before filing for benefits, it’s important to work with an attorney and a doctor to ensure that you have the proper medical documentation showing that you meet SSA guidelines for disability. It’s also important to treat your disability. Providing the SSA with proof that you have a qualifying condition, and that you are properly treating that condition, can greatly increase your chances of approval.
Armed with relevant information, records, and treatment plans, your SSDI attorney can help you file your application in a manner designed to increase your chances of initial approval. Submitting your application completely, correctly, and with supporting evidence is an important factor in initial SSDI claim approvals. Your attorney will help you frame your answers in a manner designed to improve your approval chances. Keeping an eye on the status of your completed SSDI application and documenting interactions with SSA is also important, and both are services an attorney can provide.
And sometimes, even with all of that effort put into your application, SSA will issue a denial. Every disability case is different, so it’s impossible to predict just why any application is denied. In the event of a denial, your SSDI attorney will help you prepare for an appeal.
One of the most important things anyone applying for SSDI can do to increase their chances is to retain the services of a skilled SSDI law firm. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been helping clients pursue their legal needs for 35 years. For a free Social Security disability insurance legal consultation, call our firm today at 888-517-9888.