Unfortunately, two thirds of applications for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are initially denied. Because of the importance of these benefits to many disabled individuals, it is important for disabled applicants to be familiar with how to put forward a strong application for Social Security disability benefits.
Social Security disability benefits may be available to those who are considered disabled according to the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability and have the necessary work history to qualify. To meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability, the applicant must suffer from a medical condition severe enough that it prevents them from working and is expected to last longer than 12 months or result in death.
As part of the application process, it is necessary to provide medical records so it is helpful for the applicant to contact their doctors and medical care providers beforehand. It is also helpful for applicants to provide detailed and organized medical records which may help the process move more quickly. It is also helpful to have the support of the applicant’s doctor because, although the Social Security Administration will reach its own conclusion, having the medical provider’s support can be helpful.
Social Security disability benefits are important benefits that disabled individuals and their families may rely on which is why it is especially important to know how to apply for benefits and submit a strong application to receive benefits. Understanding how the process works, and what the Social Security Administration is looking for, can help disabled applicants to more timely receive benefits and know how to appeal a denial when needed.