There is no doubt that the process of applying for social security disability benefits can be a nightmare. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires the completion of a lengthy and time-consuming application. The process may feel as though you are being interrogated rather than supported by the government. In fact, more than 50% of the applications are denied. In other words, more than half of the disability cases are refused by the SSA. Of course, you can appeal the decision, however, that takes additional time. Skilled social security lawyers are experienced in handling the SSA and the convoluted, multi-layered requirements that are a part of the application process. We believe that you have worked hard throughout your life and should not be scrutinized because of a disability. You have likely paid into social security since your first paycheck earned and are justified in receiving some of that back now that you are in need. You deserve to live your life without a constant fear of how to afford groceries or keep a roof over your head. An experienced attorney will work diligently on your behalf, whether you are working on your first application for submission or have already been denied and wish to appeal. Whether your disability is the result of an injury, or a long-term physical or mental health diagnosis, in contacting a lawyer, you greatly increase your chances of application approval and securing disability benefits.
The SSA’s list of medical conditions that are generally approved for disability benefits is rather comprehensive and is broken down by bodily systems. However, the SSA tends to be rigid and thorough in the determination of how severely the individual is impacted and how that impact interferes with his or her ability to work.
Some examples of these bodily systems and medical conditions that may be approved for disability benefits:
- Hematological or Blood Disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
- Mental Health Disorders including depression, anxiety and bipolar
- Musculoskeletal System such as issues affecting the joints and bones
- Digestive System such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Immune System issues including diabetes, arthritis and lupus
- Respiratory System diagnoses include asthma, chronic respiratory issues and cystic fibrosis
What can I do to prepare for the application or appeals process?
- Gather your social security card and birth certificate.
- Collect any documentation you may have regarding your disability. This can include diagnostic reports such as physician and/or therapy reports.
- MRI, CAT scan or X-ray reports.
- Evidence of any payments or outstanding bills for the treatment of the disability.
- A timeline of your symptoms as related to your disability.
- Employment history and income information.
- Documentation that might show loss of income due to the disability can be helpful.
- Documentation that shows an inability to perform duties at work.
- Most importantly, contact us.
For more information on social security claims or cases. Contact a skilled social security lawyer Memphis, TN trusts, today,
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