Helpful Tips from an Experienced Attorney
When you are disabled, having your Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income claim approved can be essential to being able to provide for yourself and your family and access the care that you need.
Berger and Green have many years of experience winning claims for their clients. Here are some tips to make a strong claim for benefits:
•· Don’t Wait, Apply Now. As soon as you are unable to work due to a disability, apply for benefits. The process can take a long time, and the sooner you apply, the sooner you can be approved.
•· Honesty is important. All paperwork and forms needs to be completed honestly and completely.
•· Keep up with medical treatment. Medical evidence from your doctors and other professionals is essential to winning your case.
•· Know your medical history. You may want to start a file for all of your medications, doctors, and therapists. Record tests, hospitalizations, and outpatient visits too. This information will be helpful when medical records need to be ordered.
•· Appeal if you are denied. Many applications are denied, but it is important to file a timely appeal to keep your benefits. You have 60 days after receiving a denial letter to file your appeal.
•· Include all disabilities when applying. Don’t list only what you consider to be your primary conditions. All conditions may contribute to your being disabled, so be sure to include everything.
•· Avoid drug and alcohol abuse. If you are abusing drugs or alcohol, you WILL be denied benefits.
•· Be cooperative. Complete all paperwork on time, and if an exam is scheduled for you by the Social Security Administration, be sure to go.
•· Hire a lawyer. Your chances of winning increase if you are represented by a lawyer.
If you are unable to work for at least 12 months due to a physical or mental disability, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. A variety of conditions, injuries and illnesses are eligible. The attorneys at Berger and Green can help you determine if you qualify, as well as assist you in your claim. If you cannot work due to a physical or mental disability, call Berger and Green for a free consultation about your claim today.
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