Approving A California Social Security Disability Claim
Today, millions of people are receiving social security disability benefits which help them cope with the cost of living while being disabled. While the program itself has enjoyed remarkable success in helping those around the country cover their daily expenses, it is not one where everyone who applies is automatically approved. In fact, only about three out of ten get approved the first time.
There are steps that you must take to help assure that you will be approved for the benefits that you are entitled if you qualify. That’s why it is important to maximize your chances of being qualified and approved when you first apply.
Fill Out the Forms Correctly
Many rejections occur because the forms themselves are not properly filled out. This is just one reason having an experienced attorney on your side is vital. The reasons can range from not including pertinent information to the use of the wrong terminology. This means that everything needs to filled out correctly for you to have the best chance of getting approved the first time. Go over all the information that is required, be sure that everything is included, and double-check for any spelling errors, missing, or wrong information that may get your application rejected.
Include all Pertinent Medical Information
You will be required to include all medical information that relates to your disability. This means that you will need to include the following:
- History of Treatments
- Correct Names of the Physicians
- Contact Information, including Addresses and Phone Numbers
- Medical Facilities where You were Treated
Because Social Security may not have the updated information of where you were treated, it is important that you include accurate contact information so they can verify your medical records.
Submit All Paperwork by the Deadline
Applying for disability payments means having to submit certain forms and information per a pre-set series of deadlines. So, pay attention to when all information must be submitted so you can do so in a timely manner. Failing to submit the information by the deadline will result in an automatic rejection.
Do No Work Full-Time or Collect Unemployment
You cannot qualify for social security disability payments if you can hold a full-time job. Plus, if you are collecting unemployment, it requires that you are actively seeking employment which also disqualifies you from receiving social security disability payments. If you can hold a full-time job, then you should not seek social security disability payments in the first place as you will be automatically disqualified.
Follow Doctor’s Instructions
Not only will your medical records be reviewed, the social security administration will contact your doctor to see if you are following their recommendations. Being under care is essential to qualifying for disability payments. So, always follow your doctor’s instructions and have a record handy to demonstrate that you are doing so.
Hiring an attorney is also important because they can help you fill out the forms correctly and submit the proper information to improve your chances of approval. Plus, in case you are denied they can identify, correct, and re-submit the information to help you win on your appeal.
The Law Office of Fred Fleming is the top California Social Security Law Firm. If you have questions about your California Social Security Disability Claim, contact our firm today at (800) 882-5500.