When you apply for Social Security Disability insurance, there is no question that the likelihood of success isn’t as high as you’d like. Initially, most people are denied. Why? Sometimes their papers aren’t in order. Other times, there are mistakes.
The good news is that there are steps you can take to make it more likely that you’ll be approved for SSDI. Here are three tips that could help you get SSDI when you apply the first time.
1. Know when to file
The first tips is to know when to file. The initial SSDI application process typically takes between three and six months, but appeals take longer. While you can apply when it’s no longer possible for you to work, some suggest waiting up to a year, so you have more documentation on your condition.
2. Get copies of your medical records for reference
One of the most, if not the most, important part of your application is your medical record. You should seek out a full copy of your medical record early. You’ll need to submit these records to the Social Security Administration, so it’s great if you already have them prepared. If not, you’ll need to sign a release and wait for the SSA to get them itself. This can be a timely process, so if you have them prepared, you’re likely to cut down on your wait time and be able to single out the information the SSA needs for your application.
3. Consider working with an attorney
Finally, one of the best pieces of advice anyone who has been through the SSDI application process can give you is to apply with the help of a professional, like your attorney. An attorney who regularly works with Social Security Disability Insurance applications will have a better idea of mistakes people commonly make and be able to correct and prevent those on your application.
By applying for SSDI with the help of someone who has had applications move through the process successfully, you’ll also have a better chance of getting your application approved the first time, so you may not have to worry about filing an appeal or sending in more information on the SSA’s request.
These are three tips that could help you apply for and receive SSDI. With the right help when you apply, you can avoid common mistakes and make it more likely that you’ll succeed with your application.