If you've suffered a debilitating injury that's going to prevent you from working, you're going to need a way to provide for your own needs. Social Security benefits are designed to provide a monthly cash payment when injuries or disabilities prevent you from working for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, studies show that only about 30-35% of all Social Security applications are approved on the first attempt. Here are three steps you can take that will improve your chances of having your application approved on your first attempt.
Be Open with Your Doctor
When it comes to applying for Social Security disability benefits, your doctor can be your strongest ally. That's why it's so important that you be open and honest with them at all times. This includes sharing all aspects of your disability with your doctor, including how it's affecting your day-to-day life.
For instance, if your disability is interfering with your ability to properly care for you or your family, you should share this information with your doctor. Being open and honest will help when it comes time for the doctor to make his recommendation regarding your need for Social Security benefits.
Submit Copies of All Your Medical Records
Before you apply for Social Security benefits, be sure to obtain copies of all your medical records, including all test results. Once you have obtained copies of all your medical records, send them in with your application for benefits. By providing copies of your medical records, you'll give the Social Security Administration the opportunity to go over your records before they receive the official copies from your doctors.
Be Sure to Make Follow-Up Calls
After you've submitted your initial paperwork, don't wait for the Social Security Administration to contact you. Instead, make follow-up calls. The first follow-up call should be about two weeks after you've mailed in your initial application packet. This will give them enough time to receive the packet and enter it into the system. After the initial follow-up call, make weekly calls to track their progress. Making regular phone calls will allow you to receive earlier notification if there's a problem with your application.
If your disability is going to prevent you from working for an extended period of time, you need to apply for Social Security benefits. The information provided here will help you get approved for benefits the first time you apply. If you have questions or concerns, be sure to speak to professionals like Cook, Glen.