Claimants not having enough medical documentation
The need for detailed medical evidence that documents a disability and its impact on the individual’s ability to perform full time work is a critical component of the SSDI application. Evidence should include diagnoses, medical tests and results, treatment history, prescription drugs, surgeries, ER and doctor visits, and other relevant medical details to demonstrate not just that you have a problem, but also that you have been getting regular medical treatment for your problem. Solid medical evidence, combined with details about how a disability influences your activities of daily living, is especially important if you have an invisible disability, such as mental disorders, neurological conditions or cognitive dysfunctions caused by injury or disease. Regular treatment with specialists and mental health professionals are an important part of your claim.
Claimants not knowing they have the right to a Social Security Lawyer
Social Security does not inform initial applicants that they have the right to retain a representative to assist them early on, and most people try to navigate the complicated program alone. You need an advocate – someone you can trust will tell the story of your disability and its devastating effect on you and your family. Fewer than 3 out of 10 applicants have an SSDI representative to help them apply. Those 3 people are 23% more likely to have their application approved. Most people think they will never be impacted by a disability, and it’s not uncommon to resist the idea that a disability has changed your life and your ability to work. Like other insurance, however, Social Security disability is an investment you made when working. It’s there if you need it, even if only for a year or two while you recover from a major injury or a serious, short-term medical problem.
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