If you are injured or have a new or worsened disability, then you know how difficult it can be to get to work and maintain a job. Disability benefits are designed to help people in your circumstances when it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to perform substantial work within the next 12 months. It may also help you if you have a terminal diagnosis or live with a disability like a severe visual impairment.
If you have heard in the past that Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are difficult to get, you may think that it will be difficult or impossible for you to get the benefits you need. While it’s true that the Social Security Administration does scrutinize applications, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get the benefits you need for a legitimate disability.
Your initial application needs to be thorough
Your initial application has the best chance of being approved if it is thorough. That means including medical documentation about your injuries or illness. It means showing the Social Security Administration that you cannot work enough to support yourself and that you’ve put in enough time to qualify for SSDI based on your past work history.
Since this application needs to be filled out correctly, this is a time when working with your attorney may be a good choice. They will go over the structure of the application with you and help you gather the correct documents needed for the SSDI application process. They may give you some ideas on how to prove your claim, too, such as by including photos, getting more recent medical documents and filling out all portions of the application correctly.
What happens if your application isn’t completed right?
If your application isn’t done correctly, there is a chance that it could be denied. To avoid having to go through an appeals process, it’s better to start off knowing that you’ve done the paperwork the right way. Being thorough and including an overabundance of information about your condition may help as you work to get the disability coverage that you need.