It’s no secret that the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) denies almost 75% of all Social Security Disability (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) applications it receives. And everyone knows that the process is a complicated, long, and frustrating one.
That’s why, if you are applying for disability benefits, it is important that you do everything you can to improve your chances of having a successful application.
Here is one very important thing you can do to improve your chances of being awarded disability benefits.
Seek Medical Treatment for Your Condition.
Disability benefits are meant to assist you financially when you are unable to work due to a disability, impairment, or severe illness.
There is any number of reasons why the SSA might deny an application, but top among them is a lack of medical evidence. When it comes to disability benefits, you need to prove to the SSA that you are severely disabled and that your disability has lasted, or is expected to last, 12 months or end in your death.
How do you do that?
With sufficient and current medical records.
The SSA needs to know that your current condition prevents you from working to “substantial gainful activity” (“SGA”) level. (SGA level means that you cannot full-time or work long enough to make the monthly income amount set by the SSA.)
Current medical records for purposes of disability benefits means records that are not less than 90 days old.
What all this means is that you need to have enough medical evidence to show that your condition currently prevents you from working to SGA level.
To get the medical evidence you need to support your application, you need to get medical attention. That means that a one-time diagnosis from your doctor is probably not going to do it for you. If you have a serious physical or mental condition that prevents you from working, you need to seek regular medical attention.
While this can be very difficult for a lot of people given medical costs, frankly, the SSA doesn’t care. From their point of view, if you are “truly” disabled, you will get to a doctor for treatment and you will follow your doctor’s advice. If you don’t seek regular medical treatment for your condition, the SSA will assume that your condition can’t really be all that bad.
This is why one of the most critical things you can do to improve your chances of being awarded benefits is to seek medical treatment on a consistent basis.
Disabled and Looking for Help? Look No Further.
If you are applying for disability benefits or have been denied benefits, call us. We are social security disability counsel in Baton Rouge. We offer free consultations and we don’t get paid unless you win your case. We serve Baker, Gonzales, Port Allen, New Orleans, Zachary, and several other cities in Louisiana. To schedule your free consultation, call ToDay at (225) 465-1232 or contact us here.