Filing a successful disability claim requires thorough preparation and attention to detail. This will include collecting all necessary medical and non-medical records. Non-medical records may include your social security card, proof of citizenship or alien status, any military records, proof of employment history, and financial records. Medical documentation should include records that demonstrate your diagnosis, the progression of your illness, and the course of your treatment.
The Application: What to Expect
Once you are ready to begin the Social Security Disability application process, you can do so on the SSA’s website or in person at a local SSA office. The application is made up of several different forms and questionnaires. It is important that you fill these out with as much detail as possible. Missing or incomplete information can result in the delay or denial of your disability claim.
After submitting your application, it may be several months until you receive the SSA’s decision. It is important that you prepare yourself to face the possibility of a denial. Although you may be approved, there is also a chance that you may be denied. Should this happen, you have 60 days in which to file an appeal. While certainly not ideal, the appeals process is often a necessary step toward being awarded benefits.
The most important thing is that you do not give up. Many more individuals are awarded benefits during the appeals process than during the initial application. Once you are awarded benefits you will be able to focus on your health rather than on your finances.
For more information about diabetes and Social Security Disability benefits, visit Social Security Disability Help or contact Molly Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Molly Clarke