Ideally, individuals with true disabilities would be able to receive the benefits that they rightly deserve. Unfortunately, the Social Security disability system denies more claims than it approves, and people tend to wait much longer than necessary for the benefits that they need – and deserve.
Nearly 65 percent of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are denied the first time around. This statistic prompted the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to recommend applicants seek third party representatives to assist them with their SSDI applications to ensure approval. There are companies that provide SSDI representation services, or you can consult with a Social Security disability lawyer for assistance with your application.
Understanding how the Social Security disability system works is vital in receiving an approval of your disability benefits. The following tips will help you decrease your chances of denial when applying for SSD benefits.
Tips To Ensure SSD Approval
- Does your current physician support your disability case? If yes, ask him/her to complete a detailed statement regarding your disability and why you cannot work (an RFC form would be best).
- When you apply, send up-to-date copies of your medical records and any other pertinent paperwork that can expedite your claim.
- Respond promptly to any correspondence from your claims examiner and attend all necessary medical exams that are scheduled for you.
- If you do not have representation, check on the status of your case often and maintain a good relationship with those working on your case.
- Meet all deadlines. If you can, be sure to handle tasks and requests well before the deadline approaches, so there is no question whether or not you completed it on time.
Increase The Chances Of SSD Approval Even More
As the Officer of the Inspector General suggests, the best way to increase your chances of approval the first time you apply for SSD benefits is to hire a representative to help you with your claim. A third party representative can also ensure that you have a well-documented claim, you receive your benefits in a timely manner, and avoid the personal stress and impact on your health that denials of claims can cause.
If you are searching for someone to help you with your disability claim in Oklahoma, reach out to a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney. Our firm understands how to grease the wheel when dealing with Social Security disability claims and will ensure your first application is your only application. Contact us or call today at 918-779-3658