Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

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.

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.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Has my Disability Claim Been Approved?
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Advice to Win Social Security Disability and SSI Benefit Claims
How Quickly Is The Disability Claim Decision Made?
What is the SSI and Social Security Disability Application Wait Time?
How do you get an SSI disability application and Claim started?
Avoiding Mistakes to get your Disability Claim Approved
How to Claim Disability Benefits through Social Security
How to claim disability benefits in North Carolina

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

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

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria