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How to Improve Your Odds of an SSDI Approval

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It can be challenging to receive the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits you are entitled to. Most applicants can be denied at the first stage. For those that have become injured or ill in a way that prevents them from working, disability benefits are crucial. Dealing with a disability can be overwhelming both physically and emotionally. Having to deal with an SSDI approval board can be additionally trying.

With the help of a professional Social Security Disability Lawyer, you can improve your chances of getting approved on your first application. Let's look at a few ways to avoid the appeals process and boost your odds of SSDI approval.

Be Honest

In order to be successful, honesty and thoroughness are the keys to success. Ensure you provide as much information about your condition and how it affects your ability to function at work. Although it is essential to be specific, you should resist the temptation to exaggerate your situation as much as possible. Adding embellishments to your claim could lead to your claim being denied.

Follow Treatment Plan

Be sure to follow your physician's instructions as closely as possible. Ensure that you attend all scheduled doctor's appointments and follow the treatment plan you have been given strictly by your doctor. Consistency in your healthcare can compromise your health and make it easier for you to amass the proper documentation in the future. To determine your eligibility for benefits, the Social Security Administration will need to see all your medical records. 

Hire an Attorney

The chances of your SSDI application being approved increase significantly when you work with an attorney. Your attorney can ensure that your application is submitted with the correct information and by the required deadline. Your lawyer can also advise you on your rights and help you get the necessary benefits.

Application Mistakes to Avoid

It is estimated that over two-thirds of initial SSDI applications are denied. To avoid the appeal process, it is crucial that you do everything that you can to ensure that your application is error-free. Here are a few application mistakes to avoid:

            Missed Deadlines

  • During the SSDI application and appeal processes, you'll encounter several deadlines. The application may be denied when information requests are not responded to promptly during the application process. You may have to start the application process over if you do not appeal within 60 days of receiving a denial letter.

            Not Following Treatment Plan

  • In order to get the best results, you need to follow your doctor's instructions in the letter. The severity of your condition can be questioned if this is not done. If you fail to follow the prescribed treatment, Social Security might deny your application.

            Errors On the Application

  • Medical documentation of your disability and how it affects your ability to work should accompany your application. Your phone number and prescription information should be correct on your application. An attorney working with you and your physician can obtain the necessary documentation and ensure that your application is error-free.

If you cannot work and need to apply for SSDI benefits, getting help from an experienced attorney is best. Follow these tips to help improve your odds of being approved for your Social Security Disability benefits. 

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