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How to get Approved for Disability Benefits in California - Information on disability claims
Here are some things to keep in mind when filing a disability claim with the social security administration.
1. You can increase your chances of being approved for disability by supplying complete and full information regarding your sources of medical treatment. In other words, when you file for disability make sure that you supply (on your application form) the names of all your doctors, the names and addresses of all the hospitals and clinics that have treated you, and the dates you received treatment from each.
Why is this so important? Because, ultimately, your chances of being approved for disability in California will boil down to the information that is contained in your medical records. And for this reason it is important that the social security administration has access to all of your medical records.
Additionally, supplying full and complete information about your medical history will make it easier for the disability examiner who has been assigned to your case (examiners are the individuals who actually decide whether your claim should be approved or not) to get your case processed in a timely fashion.
2. You can increase your chances of being approved for disability benefits if you continue to get medical treatment. This essentially means "keep going to the doctor". Here's why. Disability examiners, at the time a decision is made on your case, need to have access to "recent" medical records. Without such records, it can be difficult to make a decision at all, particularly an approval. For this reason, applicants for social security disability or SSI should try to be be seen by a treating physician at least once every 6-8 weeks.
3. You can improve your ability to get approved for disability if your treating physician will support your claim. And, by this, I mean if your doctor will agree to write a detailed statement explaining how your condition effectively limits and reduces your ability to work. Statements such as this can hold substantial weight at a disability hearing and such statements should focus on citing your functional limitations (i.e. ability or inability to sit, stand, walk, stoop, crouch, or lift---essentially your basic ability to perform normal daily activities).
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