Social Security Disability Application Tips and Advice
Here are some tips when applying for Social Security Disability.
applying for SSDI or SSI, list ALL of your medical conditions, not just the one that is the worst. SSA will look
at all of your conditions together and how they affect you. A medical condition you leave out might limit you from
work in a manner that you did not think of.
2. Try and submit with your SSDI or SSI application
as much medical evidence as you can. That includes hospital records, doctor's reports, treatment notes and RFC
s. This will insure that you give yourself the best chance at winning at this level. If you are denied at application,
it will take a few months more before another decision is made. If you are in an area that no longer has the
reconsideration level then you wait for another decision will probably take over a year.
3. Fill out the SSI
or Social Security Disability application and all other forms completely. If you don't Social Security will keep trying
to get the information anyway and this will delay your claim.
4. If you have a lawyer, have him or her review
your SSI or SSDI application. If you don't have an attorney then make sure you read this site and understand what you
are trying to prove.
5. When filling out the forms about your prior work, don't inflate your credentials to
make it seem like you were a great worker. Be honest about your past work and how you performed it. But don't inflate
your work record as if it were a resume you could actually hurt your case.
6. If, after you submit
your Social Security application, Social Security asks you for information or certain paper work respond to them promptly.
If you don't this could delay your claim or worse they could deny you based on you not getting them the information.
Try and have everything with you when you go to interview.
7. One form SSA will send you and gives you 10 days to fill out is called the Function Report SSA- 3733
. This form is used to get information from you about how you are limited in day to day functioning. This is perhaps
the most important and most used form that Social Security will use to determine if you are disabled. All the forms
are important in your application, but I felt this particular report required an explanation page to help guide you to understand
the questions and the type of answers SSA is looking for. Will filling out this form perfectly mean you will win your
application? Well, no but if it is not filled out correctly it could end up hurting your chances of winning your claim
when you apply and perhaps in the later stages as well. Follow the link above in this paragraph and it will explain
the function report in detail, which will include what certain questions mean and what types of answers SSA is looking for.
I hope you find this addition to my application information helpful.
I give you this piece of advice, I strongly recommend you learn as much about the process and how they determine if you will
get benefits before you start. Read my site and look at the administrations site to become as knowledgeable as you can.
This will help you with every aspect of your pursuit of benefits and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.