For many workers, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can provide a monthly payment when they are no longer able to work due to a medical condition. However, there is a lot more that claimants can do before they apply than they might think. For some tips on getting an SSDI approval, read on.
Get Medical Treatment
One of the most important aspects of an SSDI evaluation for benefits is proof of a claimant's medical condition. A medical doctor must verify that you have the condition under which you are applying for benefits. Also, the treatment records must show that you were given certain diagnostic procedures to confirm the diagnosis. Then, you must be prepared to show what you and your doctor used to deal with the condition. For example, if you were diagnosed with kidney disease brought on by diabetes, you should explain how you tried to exercise, lose weight, take the prescribed medication, and more. It's not necessary that you show success with those treatments – just that you tried to use them to get better and were not successful.
Keep Good Records
As you visit your doctor, keep up with all the paperwork from the visits. For example, if you get some printed test results, put them in a folder so that you can find them later. In some cases, the SSA asks claimants for additional paperwork while they are processing your application.
Update Your Application
Once you have applied for Social Security benefits, your condition could change, and you might even develop new conditions while you wait for your benefits. It can, after all, take a long time for the caseworkers at the Social Security Administration (SSA) to process your claim. Call the SSA and let them know if you need to add anything to your application. It's also important to continue to seek medical care even after you have applied for benefits. You can also update your condition at your appeal hearing if you get turned down.
Seek Legal Help
Even if you think you know how to apply for benefits, the help of a Social Security lawyer could make all the difference in the world. They know what the SSA will need to process your application and get your benefits approved. Also, many applicants are turned down and will need a lawyer to help them at the appeal hearing. Speak to a disability attorney and find out how you can get help with your case without having to pay any upfront money.