f you have a permanent disability that prevents you from working long enough or consistently enough to make at least $1,220 (or $2,040 for statutorily blind individuals for 2019) a month, then you might consider applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”).
While SSDI benefits may be right for you, it is important to know that being awarded disability benefits is a long, complicated, confusing, and often frustrating process. This is why even at the application stage it is best to have experienced social security disability counsel to represent you.
Proving your case to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) is not easy to do. According to the Annual Statistical Report (2011), the SSA denies 72% of the initial disability benefit applications and 90% of all reconsiderations (the first level of appeal of a denial).
But that does not mean it is impossible to be awarded disability benefits. You simply need to know what information the SSA is looking for and needs in order to consider your application.
To increase your chances of success, here are 3 strategies you can use.
- Fill Out Your Application Completely and Accurately
Your Social Security Disability Insurance benefits application is a critical part of your disability case. Unfortunately, the application requires a lot of detailed information and medical records, and filling it out can feel overwhelming. Especially if you are struggling with a mental or physical disability.
But don’t worry, because we can help you.
- Get Your Doctor To Describe Your Work Limitations
Most people don’t realize that having a diagnosis is not enough when it comes to receiving disability benefits. To award you benefits, the SSA needs to understand how your disability prevents you from working.
One of the most important things you can do to improve your chances of success with the SSA is to get your treating doctor to put down in writing exactly how your medical condition limits what you can and cannot do at work and at home. For example, have your doctor describe how long you can sit, how much weight you can lift, whether your condition makes it difficult for you to communicate — and other things like that.
- Get Representation
Statistics show that disability applicants who are represented by counsel have a far better chance of being awarded benefits.
Well, there are many reasons, but among them is the fact that applying for and fighting for disability benefits is a frustrating, complicated, and confusing process. There are many laws, regulations, and SSA rules that must be strictly followed.
We are Here to Help You
At the Day Law Group, we help Louisiana residents get the disability benefits they deserve. We offer FREE consultations, and we don’t get paid unless you win your case. We have offices in Baton Rouge, and we serve Baker, Denham, Gonzales, Port Allen, Prairieville, New Orleans, and Zachary. Call (225) 465-1232 ToDay to schedule your free consultation or contact us here.