Read Time: 4 Minutes.
My clients often recount tales of extreme anxiety and exhaustion in their past attempts to get approval for disability benefits. It’s no surprise, considering the denial rates for initial claims are shockingly high – usually around 67%.
Unfortunately, this scares many of those who are truly disabled from pursuing benefits further. As frightening as the bureaucracy can be, you can (and should) fight through the appeal process.
The Importance of Old Disability Claims
The looming question in the minds of many disability applicants: will my prior denials hurt my future claim?
It’s easy to think that a desperate person without work options should simply file for disability – but what often stands in their way is the dreaded specter of prior applications gone wrong.
Judges may wonder if your lack of a career is connected to your condition, or even worse, a lack of motivation.
Compounded with an unwillingness to follow doctor orders, skipping medication dosages, avoidance of physical therapy, and neglecting referrals, the questions and doubt can wrap up a claim like a mummy 🧟♀️
What To Do When You File a New Claim
So, how do you avoid the ghosts of past applications that are haunting your new claim?
It is absolutely pivotal to demonstrate a remarkable transformation between your prior application and the current one. After all, the Social Security Administration previously concluded that you were not disabled and you did not challenge their decision.
Changing their mind isn’t going to be an easy feat!
Inform the Judge how things have changed since they last ruled on your disability claim:
- Degenerative conditions can only worsen with time
- Anxiety increases when you’re constantly denied relief
- Fatigue kicks in harder when you can’t get the rest you need
- Age and excess weight can contribute to deteriorating health
No one expects you to undergo Frankenstein-type experimental procedures! Talk with your doctor frankly about fears of going under the knife, that medicine makes you feel like a zombie, or if the cost of care exceeds your ability to pay.
👉 Judges want to see that your past or current failure to follow care has a reason, not just indifference to improving your health.
These steps will help you clear the cobwebs from your overall case file and rid the decision-making process of the ghost of the past.
Here’s How Our Disability Representative Can Help!
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.
For that reason, we don’t just fine-tune what you have and put it together in a cut-and-paste format. We’ll meticulously review your case and provide feedback on the weak areas of your application and offer clear directions on what information we need and where you can find them.
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.
⏰ Schedule an appointment from anywhere in the US! 📱
✅ Facebook: Add Me!
✅ Instagram: Join the Fun
✅ Twitter: Follow
✅ YouTube: Subscribe Here
The Disability Process 101:
- Programs available
- How to apply or appeal
- How disability is determined
- Tips for how to build a strong case
Ur Disability RepThe Resource Center Disability Services
Springfield, MO 65804