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Do's and Don'ts

Dos and Don'ts of Social Security Disability

The number of applications received by the SSA has escalated disproportionately to the amount of money available to pay benefits. As a result, it is becoming more and more difficult to get approval for benefits by those truly qualified. Over 60% of SSD claims will be denied on the initial application. After a denial of SSD benefits is received, an applicant has 60 days in which to file an appeal. The SSA rejects 85% of these appeals.

With the odds stacked against you, it is important to do everything in your power to have the best chance at an approved application. Below are a list of "Do's and Don'ts" recommended by an experienced lawyer from Disability Action Advocates or DAA. After 20 years of helping thousands upon thousands of clients with their Social Security disability claims, we have learned a great deal about what claims are approved and what claims are denied.

Helpful Advice for Your SSD Claim

Do become informed about the process. Understand the paperwork and carefully fill it out so that it provides all information requested.

Don't give up, no matter how frustrated you may become. You are always welcome to contact our office and enlist our services. We charge no fee unless we win your case for you so it can only help to speak with us.

Do appeal immediately if your claim is denied. You have 60 days in which to appeal. Don't wait until the last minute. If you want help with your appeal, we can provide that help.

Don't ever lie or be dishonest in your paperwork or communications with the SSA.

Do keep medical records and other relevant paperwork organized and easily accessible.

Don't stop seeing your physician. Even if you can no longer afford his/her services, speak with your doctor and let them know you are applying for benefits. If your doctor cannot continue to treat you, you can go to a free clinic or emergency care facility as a last resort.

Do keep a medical journal which details your disability condition and also records any phone conversations with SSA employees.

The process can be frustrating and complex. You do not have to go it alone. We can help, so call today and schedule a consultation.