Assistance in Understanding & Completing Required Paperwork
1. Understand your likelihood of success: If your physical or mental disability is severe, your condition limits your activities of daily living, your medical impairment will last longer than 12 months, or you receive a recommendation from your doctor, you should apply for Social Security disability.
2. Understand the irrelevant evaluation ation only looks at your current physical and mental condition when evaluating your claim.
3. Get medical evidence from your doctor: If no medical records exist to support your claim of disability, you are unlikely to be successful.
4. Always get follow-up treatments: If you are not not doing what your doctor is telling you to do, the Social Security Administration will most likely deny your application.
5. Always keep good records: If you follow your doctor’s orders and are still living with a debilitating physical or mental condition, keep pill bottles, business cards, visit records, and more.
6. Be able to explain your symptoms in detail without exaggerating or minimizing.
7. List your physical restrictions. The Social Security Administration will focus on your limitations rather than your diagnosis.
8. Be able to explain how your symptoms and restrictions are affecting your ability to perform daily activities, including hygiene, dressing, bathing, driving, cleaning, and more.
9. Be consistent, accurate, and honest. If there are mistakes in your paperwork, your credibility will be questioned by the Social Security Administration.
1. In-person. You can find the address of your local office in your denial letter. Take your letter, a list of current medications, and names and addresses of medical providers you’ve seen since you last filed a claim or appeal. Before you leave, ensure you have copies of everything you submit, as well as a receipt of your appeal.
2. By phone. You can call (800) 722-1213 to file a Social Security appeal. You will be sent the Disability Report — Appeal, and an Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration (SSA-827). You must complete and mail the appeal form back to the Social Security Administration. When you send your form, be sure to send it by certified mail that requests a return receipt for merchandise.
3. Appeal online. You will need your denial letter to complete the form. After you complete it, be sure to print a confirmation that shows you appealed on time. You can also complete the Disability Report — Appeal form to list the names and addresses of your medical care providers and your current medications.
It’s easy to become frustrated with slow-moving legal processes. Jeffrey Bunten, Attorney At Law, is here to walk you through every step and ensure you know what to expect at every stage. Whether you’re applying for benefits for the first time or submitting an appeal, Attorney Bunten can help you. Call today to schedule your free claim evaluation.
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