Tips to getting YOUR Social Security Disability Approved
1. Hire an attorney familiar with Social Security Disability- This is the number one thing I recommend hiring and attorney that has practiced in the field of Social Security Disability. The attorney will do such things as making sure your record is complete, help you get Medical Source Statements, file your appeals timely and with accurate information.
A survey conducted showed hiring a disability lawyer made a big difference that those who hired a lawyer ultimately won at a 60% clip while those that did not only won at a 34% chance. This was just hiring a lawyer at some point in the process so if you hired the lawyer at the beginning and he represented you through the entire process your odds with a lawyer would be that much higher.
2. Make sure your record is complete- Make sure DDS or the ALJ has every medical record necessary in order for DDS or the ALJ to have a complete picture from the complete record, and make sure nothing that does not belong to you has snuck into the record.
3. Get a supportive Medical Source Statement- This is a letter or form filled out by your physicians as to your medical limitations from the underlying conditions.
4. Take notes at your Consultative Exam (CE)- Take notes at your Consultative Exam (CE). You might need these as many times the CE doctor spends less than two minutes with patients or already has forms filled out before you arrive.
5. Do not exaggerate your limitations or conditions- Judges hear people complain about why they can not work everyday and are experts at impeaching people who malinger and exaggerate.
6. Do not downplay your limitations either- Do not act like Superman either. Just be honest as to your conditions and give real life examples that support your contentions.
7. Do not work above Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)- This will lead to a technical denial unless it is an Unsuccessful Work Attempt (UWA).
If you are applying for Social Security Disability, call Betz and Baril at 865-888-8888. If you choose not to hire us we recommend hiring another attorney as SSDI has many complex issues that require the help of a skilled advocate.