So it has happened – you need to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits because you’ve been injured, or because you’ve suffering from an illness that leaves you unable to work. You’ll find out quickly that filing a claim – and the inevitable appeals that follow – with the Social Security Administration is frustrating at best, and often an exercise in futility.
Because nearly 65% of those who file a claim for Social Security disability are denied benefits, you need all the help you can get moving your claim forward. In order to improve your chances of actually receiving the benefits that you so desperately need and deserve, below are ten tips for navigating the federal labyrinth and emerging victorious.
If you’ve reached the end of your patience in dealing with the Social Security Administration and you feel that you need help, remember that you can contact a law firm like Markhoff & Mittman that specializes in Social Security disability benefit claims.
Top 7 Tips for Your Social Security Disability Benefits Claim
- Submit copies of your medical records with your claim or appeal. It is in your best interest to submit complete and clear medical records about your illness or disability to the claims office. This helps the person examining your case make the best possible decision. Relying on the examiner to get the records themselves can drag out your claim, and at worst result in a denial of benefits.
- Ask your doctor to back up your disability claim – in writing. Ask your doctor to provide a detailed letter for your claim submission that states exactly why you are unable to work.
- Always respond promptly to notices. If you’re asked to appear at a hearing or for a 3rd party medical exam, respond promptly to the request and make sure you don’t miss the appointment.
- Don’t be discouraged if your claim is denied – file an appeal. Remember that around 65% of all claims are initially denied, so if it happens to you make sure you file an appeal. Don’t open an entirely new case.
- Make sure you’re talking to the right office when you request an update. If you want an update on your case, don’t simply call the main Social Security Administration number. You want to talk to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) Examiner who is working on your case. Your local Social Security office can provide you with the number.
- Put your lawmakers to work for you. If you are having problems with your claim taking too long, you can try to contact your Congressional or Senate representative and ask them to make an inquiry on your behalf. You won’t always receive help, but you just might.
- Get help! Last but not least, hire an experienced attorney or other representative to help you with your case. An individual familiar with the workings of the Social Security claims process can file all of your paperwork for you and advice you on the complex nuances of the system.
Filing a Social Security Disability claim can be a frustrating experience, but there is help available. Please contact the law offices of Markhoff & Mittman if you would like to discuss how we can help you receive the compensation and assistance that you so desperately need.
Markhoff & Mittman, P.C.
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White Plains, NY 10601
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