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The Social Security List of Impairments
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Advice to Win Social Security Disability and SSI Benefit Claims

A percentage of individuals suffering from significant medical and/or mental conditions may not ever win their Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. Unfortunately, it is not enough to have a severe impairment to win disability benefits from the social security administration. Both Social Security Disability programs (SSD and SSI) have rules and regulations that govern both disability and non-medical disability requirements that must be met in order to win Social Security or Supplemental Security Income.

There are so many things that an individual does not control during the Social Security Disability claims process, so it is important to control the things that you are able to control. So, here's some advice.

First -- you need to acquire your medical records from your treating physicians, as it is important to know whether your physicians support your intention to file for disability. Many people are surprised to find what their physicians have written in notes about them. If your physician supports you decision to file for Social Security Disability, perhaps he would write a detailed physician’s statement with regard to you condition, treatment, and prognosis to help you win your Social Security Disability claim.

Secondly -- you may wish to submit copies of your medical treatment records, as this may help expedite the processing of your disability claim. A word of caution here, make sure your medical treatment notes contain current treatment as well as past medical treatment. Social Security considers treatment within the last three months to be current.

Thirdly -- you should cooperate fully with the disability examiner who handles your disability claim. You should always respond to requests for information promptly. Furthermore, you should attend all medical evaluations scheduled by the state disability agency. Failure to attend a medical evaluation may cause your disability case to be denied for failure to cooperate.

Fourth -- you should make sure to check the status of your disability claim to make sure a decision has not been made in your case. Social Security sends decisional notices through the US postal system; consequently there is a chance that your decisional letter could be lost in the mail.

Social Security Disability claims have a sixty-five day appeal period that begins with the date on the disability denial letter, so it is imperative that you know if your disability claim has been denied so that you can file timely appeals.

Fifth and finally, you may wish to retain the services of an attorney or non-attorney representative to help with your Social Security Disability claim should you be denied.

These are just some things you can do to help win your Social Security Disability claim.

Since there are so many things that may affect the outcome of a Social Security Disability claim, you should make sure you have done all you can do to help expedite you disability claim to a favorable decision.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

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Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

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What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.