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Tips for getting SSDI benefits- Part I

facebook_dog1Disability applicants are surprised to find out that receiving SSDI benefits is not as simple as filling out an application and sending it to the Social Security Administration. Below we will discuss some of the most important tips for getting SSDI benefits.

Top Tips for Getting SSDI benefits

Tip 1: Prepare for the initial interview with the SSA.

SSA field representatives are not responsible for determining whether you will receive SSDI benefits, but they will begin the process of starting your SSDI file. This means it is important to provide all the right information to them. Not only should you provide detailed information about your medical conditions, but you will also need to provide information about your mental and physical functional limitations.

The SSA is trying to determine whether you have the capacity to work. This means they will need detailed information about whether you can work. More specifically, can you concentrate, remember, sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, balance, reach, or lift more than a certain amount of weight? Do your medical records support your limitations? Provide this information to the SSA immediately and you could greatly increase your chances of getting SSDI benefits.

Tip 2:  List all of your medical conditions

Everyone always wants to know what condition they must have to qualify for SSDI benefits. While you can be considered disabled with only one serious condition, it is not unusual for many applicants to have several conditions, which in their totality, eliminates their ability to work.

Tip number two for getting SSDI benefits is to list all disabling health conditions which you have which limit your ability to work. Make sure you also have medical information about each listed condition.

Tip 3: Ask your doctor to provide information about your functional limitations.

Medical records often list a diagnosis and a prognosis but may or may not list the functional limitations caused by a condition. If your medical records do not clearly state that you cannot work for 12 continuous months it is time to talk to your doctor and find out if they are willing to provide information about your remaining functional capacity and why you are not able to work.

Tip 4: Make sure you meet the nonmedical requires for SSDI before you apply.

Tip number four may seem like a no-brainer, but thousands of applicants complete an SSDI application each year without realizing they do not meet the most basic requirements. If you have not worked and earned sufficient work credits, if your condition will not last at least 12 continuous months, or if you are able to work you will be considered not disabled and should not apply for SSDI benefits.

Tip 5: Hire a disability lawyer.

Many claimants are hesitant to hire a disability lawyer until they have been denied multiple times and floundered in the SSDI system for months or years. If you are not immediately approved or if you do not have a condition listed on the SSA Listing of Impairments, it may be a good idea to seek legal help after you receive your initial SSDI denial.
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