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Important Points on Social Security Disability Claims


Important Points on Social Security Disability Claims By Jean Kuda

 

 

It is an unwritten rule and remains a good advice that in case of disability or inability to work, Social Security disability or SSI based on disability claims must be pursued without any delay.


 It is an unwritten rule and remains a good advice that in case of disability or inability to work, Social Security disability or SSI based on disability claims must be pursued without any delay. This is because most claims can take a while to process.

In fact, many claimants for disability benefits have encountered serious problems and difficulty simply because they had no knowledge on how long the process would be. Consequently, they end up finding out that it was too late for them to file their applications.

Who are Qualified

A person is permitted to collect Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits when he/she can no longer perform 'substantial gainful activity' due to a physical or mental impairment that is expected to last for at least 12 months, or possibly result in death.

Denial of Initial Claim

In case of denial of the Initial Claim, it is a wise step to get an attorney to provide representation and help you with your claim for back pay. All appeals for disability must be filed within 60 days from the receipt of the last denial.

The way the disability system works, a claim will either be approved on an initial application or will be required to follow the appeal process. Ideally, the claimant must be represented in either way.

Representation is not mandatory however, initial claims are denied up to 70% of the time which only prove that it is wise to go through the process with proper representation otherwise you will be left clueless of the procedure.

More over, Social Security claims entail a lot of paper works. Give your self the favor of taking some advice and finding qualified assistance immediately. Studies show that a considerable number of persons who apply for benefits fail to complete their paperwork properly.

Medical Records

Social Security Disability or SSI claim will be evaluated entirely on the basis of your medical records. Having said so, the best advice is to secure a regular, ongoing medical treatment. The purpose of this is to entitle the claimant for continuing benefits.

Otherwise, the examiner or judge will not be able to approve your claim if appropriate medical records are not available to support the claim.

Moreover, it would be easier to procure supporting statements from the examiner. Otherwise, it will be hard to get the physician to cooperate if he/she has rarely seen the claimant.

The general rule is claim for social security disability or SSI based on disability cannot be approved if you are not examined by a medical provider at least once every two months.

How to Increase Approval of Claims

The Social Security Administration is not a claimant's advocate. This explains why majority of the claims are denied. The following are helpful guidelines to increase the probability of winning:

• Secure a complete and detailed statement from the physician as to reasons of disability and inability to work.

• Submit medical records at the initial stage and every appeal.

• Do not let important deadlines lapse on the SSD or SSI disability claim.

• Getting an attorney or non-attorney disability representative

 

Article Provided by Social Security Disability

 

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