One of the most crucial parts that determines the worker’s eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSD) Insurance is their medical records. The details included in these records must be sufficient enough to convince whoever receives the application that you cannot work for a long time and need financial aid.

Since there have already been so many SSD applications before you, simply including a doctor report may not be enough to convince the Social Security office that you require their benefits. You can try and strengthen your application by incorporating some of the following methods:

Provide excruciating details on your medications

A list of the medications you are taking as a result of your condition should come with the initial application. Some applicants are afraid to include this because they believe this could automatically disqualify them from the benefits. However, the side effects of certain drugs will be different for everyone. Including the details on these side effects can help the office understand that these drugs don’t make you automatically eligible to work for a while, but you still need to take them.

Get a second opinion

Most patients usually get doctors for second opinions if they are worried about potential medical malpractice, but they can also help reinforce an argument if the SSD office requires concrete proof of your condition. Having a second doctor list the same information about your condition can erase any doubt the office had about the first doctor’s notes. When comparing these two diagnoses, be on the lookout for any possible contradictions before submitting them.

Interview in person

Visual proof can be one of the strongest tools you have in your arsenal for this application. Rather than just have the office take your word for it, you may want to consider talking to them in person. Experts say that applicants who walk into their local Social Security offices with a cane or walker have a better chance of getting SSD benefits. Though you must remain very careful in the interview because the interviewer will observe your every movement closely.

If you need further help on acquiring SSD benefits, contact an experienced attorney to help you devise more strategies for your application.