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Tips for Applying for SSD Benefits

The Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits process can be extremely confusing, particularly to those who are seeking benefits for the first time. Having to file a claim, dealing with a challenging medical condition and facing the financial stresses that accompany being unable to work can quickly become overwhelming.

With the help of a skilled Detroit SSD benefits attorney, you will be able to not only learn about the mistakes to avoid in seeking SSD benefits, but your chances of smoothly navigating the SSD process can be dramatically improved.

Of course, being organized will be essential. You can greatly assist your attorney, while at the same time increasing your chances of success, by having your paperwork and the documentation necessary to complete the application process in good order.

The following are a few of the ways to be organized when seeking benefits:

  • Verify ahead of time that you meet eligibility requirements.
  • Download the checklist and worksheet found on the Social Security Administration website, so you will know what is required of you and will be less likely to omit the required documentation.
  • Make sure you have a certified copy of your birth certificate.
  • Obtain your Social Security card or (if you were not born in the U.S.) proof of your U.S. citizenship.
  • Gather your W-2 forms and most recent tax returns.
  • Print and fill out the Adult Disability Report in detail (make sure you are accurate and complete as even the simplest mistakes could lead to a denial of benefits).
  • Obtain a copy of your complete medical records, recent test results and a report from your doctor detailing your exact disability and the limitations the disability presents.
  • Write an accurate summary of where you worked prior to your disability as well as the kind of work you were engaged in.
  • Before submitting your application, either online or in person, review your application and all supporting documentation with your attorney to determine if there are any details or documentation that was erroneously missed.

Be Careful to Avoid Making These Mistakes

Getting an SSD benefits application approved the first time through is difficult. However, you do not want to create unnecessary delays. Even the smallest error or omission could significantly delay the process.

Don’t take a chance on being unable to get the benefits that your condition or illness makes you eligible to receive. If you or a loved one has become disabled and needs to file for SSD benefits, be careful to avoid making these mistakes:

  • Failing to answer each question asked with precise, detailed information, even though doing so may seem repetitive.
  • Failing to provide contact information for your doctor.
  • Leaving out medical reports or pertinent records that are necessary to prove your disability (and thus, your eligibility for benefits).
  • Neglecting to keep a calendar of important dates such as the date of your claim hearing or deadline for filing and appeal.
  • Failing to check the status of your claim.
  • Neglecting to adequately prepare for your SSD hearing.
  • Missing the deadline to appeal.

The harsh reality is that the majority of SSD benefits claims are initially denied. However, this does not mean that you cannot and should not seek benefits. By being well organized and getting help from experienced attorney, you will be well-equipped to fight for the benefits you deserve.  To learn more, simply call attorneys J.B. Bieske and Jennifer Alfonsi today or reach us online.

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