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Always Be Prepared when Filing a Social Security Claim

Getting approved for Social Security Disability is never easy, as the application process can be quite long and arduous. Part of the reason the application process has become this way is due to efforts by the Social Security Administration to combat fraudulent claims put forth by applicants. Such fraudulent claims can place a massive drain on the Social Security Administration. Rather than create a scenario where it is easy for a dubious disability claim to succeed, the SSA has taken steps to filter out improper Social Security claims.

Those applicants that do have legitimate claims may feel they should have nothing to be concerned about. After all, if their claims are legitimate, the application will be approved without any issue, correct? It is often not so simple. Even if your claim is supported by a physician and its legitimacy is not in question, it is still possible to be denied Social Security Disability benefits. This is why you need to be properly prepared for your case as well as for any potential disability appeal proceedings.

For those concerned about how difficult or costly the application process can be, the answer will depend upon the specifics of your case. However, it is safe to say the process may prove a lot easier than you may think, provided you understand a few of the basics for dealing with the situation appropriately.

The main reason Social Security Disability claims are denied is the poor presentation of an incomplete and inaccurate application. An application that lacks clarity or accuracy will lead to confusion and doubt which, in turn, leads to denial of the disability benefits. Rather than deal with such an unfortunate scenario, it is much wiser to properly gather all the necessary information. That means you will need detailed records of your full medical history and specific disabling condition. You will also need to present a clear (and validated) presentation of your work history. In addition, it often advisable to include information related to your educational history. This will allow the reviewer or review board to ascertain the severity of your condition and its impact on your ability to work and perform the essential functions of your daily life. A complete application will certainly promote an accurate depiction of your condition in this manner.

Why must you present all of this additional information when applying on the basis of a physician-supported diagnosis of a disability? Well, if your condition is not affecting your ability to work or your daily life, the Social Security Administration may see no reason to grant you Social Security Disability benefits.

Also, when an application is incomplete, the application process will be needlessly delayed. The reviewer will request clarification or launch his/her own research process in order to obtain missing or incomplete information. This adds unnecessary time to the approval process and can undermine a positive outcome. Being properly prepared is the key to a successful disability claim.