Top 4 Secrets To Improve Your Odds of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case
These 4 tips could be the difference between a denial and an approval of your claim for Social Security Disability Benefits
Create a Paper TrailWhat you say at your hearing, as well as, what your attorney says at a hearing will take you a long way but you have to have medical records to bolster your testimony. If you have health insurance, you need to not only see your general practitioner or family doctor, but you need to see a specialist. For example, if you suffer from back pain, you need to see an orthopedic doctor. If you suffer from nerve pain, you need to see a neurologist. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, a psychiatrist is preferred but you need to at least see a physiologist. Why? Because Social Security will give more credit to what a specialist says than they would your family doctor. Give your self the best shot at winning.
No Health Insurance?If you don't have health insurance, you still need to get medical care or your chances of winning are slim. If you are unable to pay cash to a doctor or specialist for a visit on a regular basis, you need to find out if there are any free clinics in your area. If there are, you need to contact them immediately. If there are no free clinics in your area, you need to find a doctor that will operate on a "sliding-scale". These doctors often charge their patients less than what a family doctor would charge in the hope that if you are found disabled you will continue to treat with them after you obtain Medicare or Medicaid benefits. These doctor's are often very helpful in filling out medical forms that can be very useful in your case.
Get Medical OpinionsMany times, the Social Security Administration determines your residual functional capacity (RFC) based on the records in your file. They might determine that you can do heavy work instead of sedentary work or no work at all based on a quick decision by a doctor that has never conducted an examination or even met you. If you have a doctor you see on a regular basis, ask your attorney for a medical questionnaire that they might be able to draft for you to give to your doctor that answers the questions that Social Security might have and also give a more accurate assessment of your limits and capabilities.
Hire a AttorneyIf I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times. You need to hire an attorney to represent you in your case. The sooner you have an attorney involved, the better. Why wait until you are denied? A lawyer can help develop your claim and make sure that you meet all the deadlines and requirements as well as provide guidance if you have questions with the bundles of paperwork that Social Security requests to be filled out and returned. At a hearing, they can provide a brief, organize your medical evidence and even cross-examine the vocational expert or a medical expert. Let an attorney help you cut through the red tape. Most attorneys only charge a fee if you win your case, so get help today.