Arthritis is one of those debilitating medical conditions that no one wants to happen to them. Unfortunately, it isn’t always avoidable. If you are a victim of arthritis you are not alone as it is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. 44% of diagnosed patients have limitations in activities due to arthritis. The inflammation that occurs due to arthritis may mean you will have activity limitations such as undertaking normal daily tasks both in and outside the home. For many it is impossible to go to work and earn a living.
Initial claims filed for disability benefits come back denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in a majority of cases. Reasons for the denial of Social Security disability (SSD) benefits include lack of documentation, weak physical evidence, and failure to complete the application correctly. Improving your chances of getting approved for SSD benefits involves following seven tips for first-time SSD applicants.
When you apply for a disability benefit, the Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to understand your activities of daily living (ADLs), or the things that you do every day. You will be asked by the SSA to complete a questionnaire which is called the Adult Function Report. It is a 10-page form comprised of 5 sections and is normally sent out to you after you have filed your initial application. This is so the SSA can compare information you have provided on your initial application and the answers you have given to the questions asked on the Adult Function Report form.
When you file a disability claim it is important to include any medical treatment you have received and are still receiving as this can be considered the most important aspect of a successful disability benefit application. One of the most important disability benefit claim tips is providing information about any essential medical treatment you need as this means that you have symptoms that need to be treated and this adds strength to your disability benefit claim.
If your initial application for a Social Security disability benefit is denied following the medical evidence you have provided in support of your application, it is better to go ahead and fill out a request for reconsideration instead of reapplying for disability with a new application. If you applied for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits and were not approved for medical reasons, you can file an appeal online.
There is a lot you need to know before filing a claim for disability benefits and this article will cover some common questions about disability that it will be useful for you to know before being the disability claims process.
Disabled veterans can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, regardless of whether their disability is directly related to their military service. The different VA ratings that you receive for service-connected disabilities can affect your Social Security Disability claim. Here is a closer look at how VA ratings affect Social Security Disability claims and how you could receive Social Security Disability benefits as a disabled veteran.
If you are unable to work because of a medical condition, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). You will need to get your claim underway. There are multiple ways to apply, including online, over the phone, or by scheduling an in-person appointment at your local SSA field office and speaking with a representative. Regardless of the way you choose to apply, you will need to have hard medical evidence and supporting documentation ready. Here is a closer look at the easiest way to apply for disability benefits.