06 Dec The SSDI Approval Process: Tips & Advice
According to the Social Security Disability SSI Resource Center, only 30 to 35 percent of Social Security disability benefits claims are approved the first time. Once a claim is passed through to the reconsideration appeals stage, that rate drops to just 10 to 20 percent. Needless to say, the SSDI approval process can be very difficult, which is why many individuals choose to work with a Social Security disability attorney from the very beginning of the process.
Improve Your Odds for Approval
While working with a Social Security disability attorney can significantly improve your chances of being approved for SSDI benefits, there are a handful of ways that you can help improve your odds on your own. Here are just a few ways you can help the lawyers at Klok Law Firm LLC help you:
Do Not Drop the Ball
Once you file your benefits claim form, keep an eye out in the mail for forms to fill out and send back in. Typically, the SSDI approval process includes only a short amount of time to mail back the requested forms—one week to ten days. If you miss a filing deadline, your claim will be denied. If you happen to move during the application process (which can take more than a year), do not just have your mail forwarded, as that can delay your mail by up to two weeks. Instead, have your mail forwarded AND contact the SSA to let them know about your change of address. They will send you an address change notification letter, which you should keep on hand in case of any mail mishaps.
Do Not Miss a Doctor Appointment
Like any personal injury, car accident, or disability claim, much of your case rides on your medical records. Even if your injuries are clearly visible to a judge, if you do not have the medical records to collaborate your appearance, you will not be approved for your benefits. If you cannot afford insurance or the doctor’s out-of-pocket fees, go to a free clinic. If the SSA schedules a doctor appointment for you, go to it. If you cannot make the appointment they scheduled, call the SSA and have them reschedule for a time that works for you. The SSA will view missed appointments and lack of medical records as a sign that your injuries are not as serious as you claimed.
Keep Your Medical Records Organized
While the SSA will likely subpoena your medical records to collaborate your claim during the SSDI approval process, they almost never get a complete set. Keep a complete, organized set on hand, that way when they approach you about “holes” in your medical record, you can provide them with the missing information. If you are denied benefits based off the records the SSA had, you can always submit your own copies of your records for your appeal.
Get Help with the SSDI Approval Process
At Klok Law Firm LLC, our Mount Pleasant Social Security disability attorneys know how to appeal to the SSA and continually use that knowledge to our clients’ advantage when helping them apply for SSDI benefits. Whether you or a loved one are at the very beginning of the claims process, or if you are in the appeal stage, contact our Mount Pleasant law firm to schedule a free confidential consultation today.