Taking Charge of Your Social Security Disability Claim
The road to receiving Social Security disability benefits can be a rocky one for many claimants. You are essentially being tasked with proving your disability to an objective third party, and then also proving that your disability impedes your ability to perform your former job or another relevant position. This often becomes a tedious process, fraught with roadblocks. Using the following tips, you can take charge and help guide your claim to a successful resolution. • If you are struggling with an illness or disability for which you would like to claim Social Security benefits, make sure that you are regularly visiting your physician. During the course of your treatment, you may even ask your doctor to complete a Residual Functional Capacity evaluation which will add more gravity to your application. • Keep all of the relevant documentation of your office visits, diagnostic testing, and other medical records. Maintain order by keeping all of your documents in a designated file folder. The Social Security Administration will not always make the effort of obtaining your medical records, but you will be able to submit your own records to support your application. • It may help your case if you document all of the symptoms of your condition, as well as any other related conditions or symptoms that may seem trivial. The purpose of this documentation is to explore the ways in which your condition affects your daily life and subsequent employability. This information will come in handy should the Social Security Administration reject your claim. Finally, keep track of the progress on your case. If your case is dismissed or rejected, immediately file an appeal with new, updated medical records. An experienced Social Security disability attorney can help guide you through the appeals process and determine the most effective way to present your case.