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How to Get Approved for Disability Benefits

Burke Law PLLC Jan. 30, 2020

You have probably heard by now that “everyone gets denied the first time they apply for disability benefits.” In reality, that is not true, but most people are denied. Do not let that fact discourage you from applying for the benefits you deserve. To help you along, here are some recommendations to increase your chance of success.

First, provide accurate and complete medical records from each of your treatment providers. The records should include a history of your medical conditions, your subjective complaints, results of any clinical examinations or laboratory findings, diagnoses, any treatment prescribed, and your prognosis. From your medical records, the Social Security Administration will determine which, if any, severe medical conditions you have, and the extent to which those medical conditions may limit your ability to sustain employment. While it is true that the Social Security Administration will request medical records from the treatment providers you notify them about, only you can determine whether the Social Security Administration has accurate and complete information. Your application may also move along more quickly if you are able to collect and provide the medical evidence yourself.

Next, obtain statements from your treatment providers about your work-related mental and physical abilities despite your medical conditions. Believe it or not, a statement from your treatment provider that you are “disabled” or “unable to work” is not very helpful. Instead, you will want a statement discussing, for example, how long you can sit, stand, or walk, how much weight you can lift, how well you can reach for and handle objects, how much stress you can handle, and how well you can concentrate, understand and carry out instructions, and respond to supervision, coworkers, and the general public.

Finally, hire an experienced Social Security Disability attorney. Collecting medical records and statements from your treatment providers can be quite burdensome when you are suffering from medical conditions that require your attention. An attorney will help lessen the workload by requesting your medical records, following up with your treatment providers, and ensuring that the records are submitted in a timely manner. An attorney will also provide direction to your treatment providers to make sure any statements presented are helpful and relevant to your case.

If you, or someone you know, is considering applying for benefits, contact Burke Law, PLLC today for a free strategy session.