As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, I’m reminded of the many disability applicants who are convinced that good fortune alone will get their claim approved. It’s simply not the case. Years ago, I met a doctor who joked that disability determinations were made by tossing a coin down a set of stairs and seeing which way it landed. Truth is, it’s a lot of work, and it may not be the financial solution you’re hoping for.
That being said, there’s always hope that you will be approved. But it takes more than luck to win a disability claim. So let’s look at some tips to get started, and then catch up by phone or email if you have any questions.
Approval Requires Clear Medical Records 🎯
Make sure every condition you have is properly documented. Many applicants have told me about their shoulder pain, for instance, but never discussed it with a doctor. Social Security will assume it isn’t a big deal if you never had it evaluated.
Ask yourself: would you hire you? It’s important to take the time to think about how you would fare in the workplace. Clients tend to narrow in on their diagnosis, but listing your conditions alone rarely leads to approval for disability benefits.
It’s not the condition that disables you, but rather the limitations caused by your diagnosis. They’ll want to know how much can you lift, carry, stand, sit, etc.
Get Ahead with Smart Strategies
⭐ Be an expert on your condition.
When a disability judge asks how long you can stand or how far you can walk, the last thing you want to do is say, “I’m not sure.” So go ahead and start monitoring your daily activities and write down how often and for how long you can participate in activities, along with details on how often you need a break. These details will be crucial when it comes time to present your case to Social Security.
⭐ Prepare details for your doctor for better odds of being approved.
Telling the doctor you “can’t do what you used to do” is an empty statement. Give them details. Tell them that you can’t even carry a gallon of milk, or that your whole living room is consumed by mail because thinking about opening it triggers your anxiety. Tell them that you have to force yourself to eat or that you struggle to focus so badly that you can’t even follow along with a TV sitcom·
⭐ Be open about accommodations.
What do you have to do to get by? Many times, managing our ailments requires a multifaceted approach. Whether it’s heating pads, ice packs, hot showers, baths, or even a dip in the jacuzzi–these extra measures can help reduce pain and discomfort. The same is true for those dealing with mental health issues, such as utilizing meditation or outdoor walks to stay afloat. It’s important to keep track of the extra steps you take to show that you’re committed to doing all you can to manage the symptoms of your condition.
Here’s How Our Disability Representative Can Help!
Disability approval will not provide you with a pot of gold–but rather, some peace of mind. As a local representative, our disability advocate will know your case from start to finish. We’ll be involved every step of the way, and you’ll speak to the same person every time. Our goal is to make your case the easiest one to approve.
For that reason, we don’t just fine-tune what you have done or use a cut-and-paste format. We’ll meticulously review your case to provide feedback on the weak areas of your application and give clear directions on what information we need and where you can find it.
Whether you’ve already begun the application process or are just getting started, we encourage you to schedule a FREE consultation to help determine the best strategy for your case 🤗 Our mission is to make your case the easiest one to approve so you can focus on your health and the things that matter.
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