Filing a social security disability claim can be an inconvenient affair. It can be confusing and taxing; unless you have enough resources to follow through, the assistance of other people in the know, and tons of patience, you might probably give up and wait another year. Here are some pointers to help you through the rougher spots with your application.
Unless you know a lot about law, better hire an attorney! Most people might forego this option, mainly because they think it costs a lot of money. Yes, you’ll need to pay for professional help, but you don’t need to pay everything upfront. Social security disability lawyers are mandated by the law to work on a contingency basis; that is, they cannot charge for attorney’s fees until they have won your case.
Always remember to keep in touch with your attorney, and update him whenever needed. However, keep in mind that hounding your lawyer will do nothing. No matter how eager you are to know the progress of your application, your lawyer can’t do anything much while he’s waiting. What he can do is to make sure that you have provided all the information required for your claim to stand a chance for approval.
Do not be discouraged if you’re denied the first time. Don’t lose hope if you get blocked on your initial application! Remember that every denial gets you closer to a court hearing, which may be an advantage to you.
Continue visiting your doctor. Your claim will need updated evidence of your disability every now and then. Doing so regularly (at least every 3 months) will keep your information about your disability current, a crucial factor in the approval of your claim once you get into a court hearing.