Social security disability benefits are available if you have a severe medical impairment that prevents you from being “gainfully” employed for at least 12 months. Because people fill out the application themselves without using a lawyer, here are some tips to increase the likelihood of successfully getting benefits down the road.
- Give the Social Security Administration all the information it asks in a straightforward way. Be truthfully and do not exaggerate or minimize your disability.
- List all your medical problems, not just the major one. If you do not qualify on the major medical issue, the combination of your other medical problems may help you obtain benefits.
- Complete a Disability Report and Function Report to explain how your medical impairment keeps you from working. If you are under age 50, your explanation must include why you cannot do any job, not just the jobs you have done and explain why you cannot work full time.
- Have a relative or friend complete a Third Party function report to support your claims of your symptoms and inability to do certain things.
- If you have been terminated from jobs due to your in-ability to perform a job, ask for you your work records or evaluations and submit them.
- If you are denied, speak with an attorney to see if you are likely to succeed at a reconsideration appeal or a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
- If you are appealing to the Administrative Law Judge, never do it alone. The hearing is an actual trial and Social Security will hire experts that need to be cross-examined. You are better served by hiring a lawyer to represent you who can gather the appropriate medical evidence, ask you the right questions in your testimony and more importantly cross-examine the Social Security experts who claim you can work. We do not charge to meet with your and we are only paid if we win your case.
DON’T FACE THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION ALONE! IT IS NOT THAT THAT EASY
CONTINGENCY FEE –WE ONLY GET PAID IF YOU WIN
- Social Security Disability (SSD)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSIY)
- Adults and Children
Frances Anne Tomes, Esq., Tomes Law Firm, PC