The disability claims process can be a challenge. Most claims are denied on the initial or the first review, but there are some ways you can improve your chances of having your disability claim approved on the first review.
Hard medical evidence and supporting documentation are essential to the success of your disability claim. Here is a closer look at how you can get approved for disability benefits on the first attempt.
1. Apply In A Timely Manner
You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you qualify. If you have enough work credits and are going to be out of work for at least 12 months, you can apply for disability benefits.
2. Meet A Blue Book Listing
You should meet the criteria of a Blue Book listing. If there is not a listing for your specific condition, you may be able to meet the criteria of another listing for a similar condition or a symptom that you have because of your condition. You need supporting evidence and medical records to confirm that you meet those specific criteria.
3. Provide Medical Evidence
You will need as much medical evidence as possible that shows you qualify for disability benefits. You will need to provide test results, physician notes, any applicable surgical notes, and so forth. You will also need written documentation from your physician that details the severity of your condition. A residual functional capacity (RFC) form completed by your treating physician can be extremely beneficial as it will indicate what you can and cannot do because of your medical conditions.
4. Quickly Fulfill Any SSA Requests Quickly
If the SSA requests any additional information or supporting documentation, such as additional evidence or additional forms completed, you should reply and send any documents that they request in a timely manner. Failing to send additional documentation as requested can get your claim denied.
If You Are Not Approved On The First Attempt
Most claims are not approved on the initial review or first try as previously mentioned, so do not get discouraged if your claim is denied. When you receive your denial letter, it will explain how you can file an appeal and the deadline for filing an appeal.
You will want to make sure you file your appeal in a timely manner, so the claims process will not have to start over from the beginning again. You will want to continue with the same claim and advance it on to the next level.
Get Help From A Disability Attorney
Get a Free Case Evaluation today. If you are unable to work and earn a living, you will want to apply for disability benefits. A disability lawyer may be able to help you file your disability claim. With hard medical evidence and supporting documentation, a disability lawyer will help you confirm the severity of your condition and help you proceed with your disability claim. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today.