With nearly 70% of all Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications being rejected at the initial application stage, you want to do everything you can to make sure your claim has the best chance of succeeding. An experienced SSDI lawyer can help you do that.
Understanding the Requirements
If you have spent any time at all looking at the requirements for proving disability, you understand they are complicated. Your application must include certain medical tests, certain evidences of disability, and other details necessary to communicate the full extent of your disability so the Social Security Administration (SSA) can understand your condition and make an appropriate decision.
Your lawyer can also help you understand when is the best time to file your application. To receive benefits for disability, your disability must last at least a year, so you don’t want to file before it is relatively certain your disability will last that long. On the other hand, you can start receiving disability benefits just six months after you became disabled. Since it can take five months for an application to be processed, you don’t want to wait too long, either.
Assembling the Application
Your lawyer can help you assemble all the necessary materials for your application. This may mean just bringing together all the records, or it may mean helping you get missing tests, track down certain documentation, and make sure all the forms are complete, factually accurate, and provide the information the SSA needs to make a decision in your favor. There are also some medical tests the SSA will pay for and some they won’t. Your lawyer will know which is which and recommend when it’s better to get tests now or wait and get them if necessary on request.
One important form your lawyer can help with is your residual functional capacity (RFC) form, which is filled out by your doctor and discusses your level of impairment in specific detail. This form can make or break some SSDI applications. A lawyer can help you and your doctor understand what information to include on this form to help the SSA understand the full extent of your disability.
Filing the Application
Your lawyer can file the application for you, then make sure that all the materials have been received by the SSA. Your lawyer can also check on the SSA’s records of your work history to make sure they have recorded all your work, which can be crucial to ensuring your eligibility for benefits.
Your lawyer can also take the time to follow-up on your application to make sure all necessary materials have been received so your file can be reviewed in completion.
To learn more about how an SSDI lawyer can help you file your disability benefits claim, please contact us today.