Making a Social Security disability claim can be a difficult process. You might be in a great deal of pain but also need to have your wits about you in order to ensure that you get the assistance you need to pay for the treatment that is going to relieve you of pain. Here are some tips for being successful when making a Social Security claim.
1. Keep Track of Your Medical Records
First, you are going to need to take meticulous care of your medical records. If you have had to see a number of specialists and other doctors in order to get your injury treated, you are going to want to contact each office individually and ask for a copy of your medical records to keep with you for posterity. This is critical because the people who are making the decision regarding whether or not your claim goes through are going to review your medical files. They need to make sure that your claim is legitimate. You can help ensure that they find nothing wrong by having copies of the documents yourself and not having to rely solely on busy medical offices to get the necessary paperwork to the Social Security claims office.
2. File Your Appeal Immediately
If, at any point in the process, your Social Security claim should be denied, you need to make sure that you file an appeal immediately. This is because you only have a 60 day window in which to file an appeal, and there is a decent chance that you will be denied early in the process. By filing your appeal immediately, you create a greater chance that your claim will eventually go through because you give yourself enough time to get any missing documents before the appeal window is closed. Get help with the appeals process by contacting a Social Security disability lawyer. Do not give up if you have to file multiple appeals.
3. Document and Treat Changes in Mental Health
Finally, if you are out of work for an extended period of time and are having money issues, chances are good that you might develop the symptoms of anxiety or depression. You want to make sure that you get these treated in order to improve your quality of life and strengthen your case. If you include your mental health treatment in your overall health treatment records that you provide to Social Security, you will show your difficulty in returning to work, as well as your desire to return and your need for assistance in order to meet this desire. This can improve your chances of success.
For more information, contact Ball & Ferrari or a similar firm.