Ask a Social Security Disability Lawyer
1. The first Social Security Disability advice I can give you is to make sure to get as much medical information
that is relevant to your claim to Social Security or your lawyer as soon as possible.
2. Another disability
tip is to get Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) forms filled out by your doctors. These are the forms that will show
what your doctor believes your limitations are from your illness or injury. They are also called Ability to do Work
Related Activity forms. Social Security will make sure they have some from their doctors so make sure you have yours. Physical
RFCs should go to the doctors seeing you for your physical ailments and Mental RFCs should go to your psychiatrist if you
have a psychiatric impairment.
3. My third tip to win disability is to include all of your medical conditions
when you apply. The reason this is important is that Social Security will look at all of your conditions together
to see how it limits you. For example, even though your back may be your biggest medical problem you may have
a number of other medical conditions that each by themselves might not be that limiting but in combination with your back
may show you to be disabled. Some ailments commonly left out by people is obesity, asthma, depression, diabetes,
migraine headaches, and sleep difficulties.
4. My fourth disability help tip is if you have an attorney stay
in touch with him/her and check on your case every couple of months. Many lawyers handle large case loads
and this will assure your case is up to date. But don't call every day or week. Social Security Disability cases
can take a long time and an update every couple of months should make sure your case is running smoothly. If you
don't have a lawyer you should call Social Security with the same frequency.
5. Some more disability
advice is if Social Security or your lawyer is having trouble getting medical information from your doctors take it upon
yourself to get what is needed. Doctors are very busy and providing records or filling out forms often takes a
back seat to treating patients. I have found that when a doctor's patient asks the doctors for medicals they
usually will provide them pretty quickly. Also many doctors will want to examine you before they fill out an RFC
6. My sixth tip for help with Social Security Disability is if you are denied appeal ASAP. There
are time limits in which to appeal and if you don't appeal in time you may have to start over and this could cost you both
time and past due money.