Monday, December 04, 2006

Advice in applying for SSI

In an ideal world, individuals who are truly disabled would find quick access to disability benefits and medical care. Unfortunately, the disability benefit system as it is currently administered by the social security administration does not operate in this fashion.

Most social security disability and ssi disability claims will be denied at the initial claim level. And most ssd and ssi claimants will need to pursue their claim at least as far as the ALJ hearing level.

Having said that, though, you can, nevertheless, increase the chances of winning a social security disability or ssi benefit claim by doing the following:
By finding out if your personal physician will support your disability case and, if so, by having your doctor complete a detailed statement as to why you are disabled and unable to work.

By submitting copies of your medical records (including the most recent updates) when you apply and each time you appeal.

By cooperating fully with the Disability Examiner working on your case. This includes responding promptly to letters and notices, as well as going to any medical exams scheduled by DDS.

By keeping tabs (personally or via an attorney or representative) on the status of your social security disability case (if you are not represented, call DDS for updates on an initial claim or reconsideration, not the social security office and try never to call the 1-800 number for anything as the information dispensed by this facility is frequently incorrect).

By not letting important deadlines lapse on your ssd or ssi disability claim.

By getting an attorney or non attorney disability Representative as soon as your social security or ssi claim is denied.

By maintaining a good relationship with the people working on your case--this includes the Claims Rep at Social Security, the Examiner at DDS, and even the Representative if you've hired one to help you. It is simply a fact: people will do more to help you when you have established a friendly, courteous relationship with them.

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