Even when you're clearly disabled, getting the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits you need and deserve can be challenging. Roughly two-thirds of applicants are denied in the initial stage. If they want a second chance, they'll have to go through the complex and lengthy appeals process.
Ways to Increase Your Chances of SSDI Approval
The process can be discouraging, but having your SSDI application denied isn't an inevitability. Here are just a few things you can do to increase your chances for approval.
- Follow your doctor's instructions. Attend all scheduled appointments with your doctor and follow their treatment plan exactly. Inconsistent care not only jeopardizes your health, but it also makes it difficult to amass the medical documentation needed to prove the disabling nature of your condition to Social Security Administration (SSA) examiners.
- Be honest and thorough. Provide as much information as you can about your condition and how it affects your ability to work and perform other daily tasks. Be thorough, but don't be tempted to exaggerate or embellish, as this will only hurt your claim.
- Work with an attorney. While you aren't legally required to work with an attorney when preparing your SSDI application, doing so greatly increases your chance for approval. Not only can an attorney catch and correct any avoidable mistakes in your application, but they can also ensure that the application is accompanied by the necessary supporting documentation and submitted by the deadline.
Find Out How We Can Help With Your SSDI Claim
When dealing with a long-term disabling health condition, trying to make sense of the SSDI applications process can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there's help. At O'Connor Law PLLC, our knowledgeable and experienced Social Security disability attorneys can help you apply for— and receive—much-needed benefits. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation to discuss the details of your claim with a member of our team.