There are some social security disability secrets that you should know if you plan on filing a claim.
Have Your Ducks In a RowSocial Security Disability insurance claims can be a long process but if you have all your ducks in a row before you file you have a better chance of navigating some of the red tape effortlessly. If you have your medical records in order and do not have to wait for them to be released to the SS administrator you can cut a substantial amount of time off your wait period.
List it AllIf you down play any of your symptoms or try to put on a tough front you may lose out on some of your benefits. Record every ache, pain and symptom. Be sure that you tell your doctor about every symptom. Make sure your pain level is recorded at every doctor’s appointment. Your pain can easily become part of your disability if it is recorded.
Mental IllnessSocial Security Disability insurance can cover mental illness as long as it is well documented. A statement from a certified psychologist or psychiatrist is needed. The SSA will not accept statements from a counselor it has to come from an actual Dr. or PHD.
Work HistoryMost people understand the importance of the role that their medical records play but they do not pay enough attention to their work history information. Make a list of all the jobs you have ever held and the approximate dates that you held them and submit the information as an attachment to your application for disability.
Doctors StatementGet a statement from every doctor that you see. Ask them to be as detailed as possible about your condition so there leaves little question. You should also include any Xray reports, CAT scan reports, MRI or blood work reports. Include every piece of relevant medical information and ask the doctor to do the same with their statements.
List of Conditions
Understanding the list can help you when you speak to your doctor about what SSA deems as disabled.