Getting Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits isn’t easy, and a majority of initial claims are denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) before they’re approved. But there are steps you can take to strengthen your claim and increase your chances of receiving the benefits you’re owed.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we understand how stressful it can be to apply for SSD, and we’re here to help you file a successful claim or appeal a denial—no matter where you live. Contact us 24/7, and put more than 30 years of legal experience to work for you. Call (800) 477-7315 or complete our free online form to get in touch with our national Social Security lawyers today.
Tips to Strengthen Your SSD Claim
Follow these tips to help maximize your chances of getting your SSD claim or appeal approved:
- See your doctor on a regular basis.
Doctors or treating physicians must fill out residual functional capacity (RFC) forms to help prove the severity of your condition to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) examiner handling your case. Getting regular treatment helps the doctor get a clearer picture of your disability, and your list of past appointments can serve as further evidence you’re suffering from a serious condition.
- Document how your disability affects you.
Keep track of the ways your medical condition disrupts your daily life, such as:
- Side effects from the prescriptions you’re taking
- Activities you’re no longer able to do because of your condition
- Times and dates of seizures, blackouts, and other medical events related to your condition
The information you collect not only serves as evidence of your disability, it can help your doctors and lawyers accurately fill out your SSD claim paperwork.
- Take your medications.
Taking the medications prescribed by your treating physicians demonstrates that you’re making an effort to improve your condition. Failure to follow your doctor’s orders may put your benefits at risk.
- Hire a Social Security Disability lawyer.
The Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin handle thousands of SSD claims for people across the country every year, and we know what your claim needs to get results. Whether you’re applying for the first time or you need help preparing an appeal, we’ll gather the medical evidence the SSA is looking for, ensure your paperwork is completed accurately and submitted on time, and protect your best interests at your administrative law judge (ALJ) hearings.
Get the Representation You Deserve Today
You can afford an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. That’s because we offer the No Fee Guarantee®—a promise that you won’t owe us attorney’s fees unless we get money for you. Your initial consultation is always free, and there are no upfront costs for us to start working on your case. Contact us 24/7 to see how we can help get your SSD claim approved.