Tips for Applying for Social Security Disability
Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be time consuming, and it can take years for your application to eventually be approved. Most claimants are denied benefits after initially applying for Social Security disability, which means a claimant is left to begin the lengthy appeals process.
Knowing as much as you can about the Social Security disability application process and Disability Determination Services (DDS) will go a long way in insuring that you have the best chance of getting approved for Social Security disability when you initially apply, giving you the financial assistance you need quickly.
Social Security Disability Tips You Should Know
Because the application process for disability benefits is so long and qualifying for Social Security is challenging, it's best to be as prepared as possible when starting your application. Here are some tips to help ensure your SSDI or SSI claim will be approved:
- Because approvals take a long time, apply as soon as you stop working
- Do not leave any questions on the Social Security disability application blank
- Continue to see your doctor and follow prescribed treatments
- Speak with an attorney before you apply for Social Security
Receiving Assistance From an Attorney or Advocate
To be as prepared as possible for the Social Security application process, it is advisable to speak with a disability advocate or attorney. A Social Security disability attorney can give you tips on how to improve your disability claim's odds of approval, and even defend your case in court if need be.
Social Security attorneys and advocates are not paid unless your claim wins. There is no risk in speaking with one today. If you'd like to be connected with an attorney in your area, please fill out our Free Disability Evaluation above.
Last Updated 7/28/2017