It’s estimated that only about 35% of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are initially approved. Applicants can be denied for a number of reasons, but many are denied benefits because they failed to prove that they have a disability. How can you prove that you’re truly disabled when applying for SSDI benefits? Follow these tips:
Provide Medical Records
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will need to see your medical records before deciding whether or not you qualify for benefits. The records should be from acceptable medical sources, which include licensed physicians, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, podiatrists, and optometrists. Some examples of unacceptable medical sources are chiropractors or naturopathic doctors. Make sure that you provide all of your records related to your disability claim.
Submit Statements From Healthcare Providers
Sometimes, the SSA will not be able to tell that you are disabled simply by reviewing your medical records. For this reason, it’s a good idea to provide them with written statements from your healthcare providers that describe your current condition in more detail. Explain why you are asking for the statement so your doctors know what information needs to be included. A strong statement will describe your current condition and then go into detail as to why and how it affects your ability to work.
For example, if you can no longer lift heavy objects or stay in a seated position for an extended period of time, this needs to be included in the statement. This type of evidence clearly illustrates how your condition will make it difficult for you to work.
Submit Other Statements
It may be a good idea to submit written statements from other people in your life who have seen how your disability has affected you on a daily basis. These individuals should focus on discussing how your life has changed as a result of the disability to paint a clearer picture for the SSA.
Some SSDI applicants also meet with a vocational expert about their condition before submitting their application. A vocational expert is someone who knows exactly what skills are needed to perform different jobs. If a vocational expert finds that you are unable to work, having him or her submit a statement to the SSA can strengthen your case.
Are you applying for SSDI benefits? Let an attorney assist you with the SSDI application process to ensure you have provided enough evidence that proves you are disabled. Please call Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. today at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.