The process for receiving benefits from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) is no walk in the park. You’d think people with disability will get special attention, but it just doesn’t work that way. In fact, according to the SSA itself, denied disability claims have averaged nearly 53 percent or more than half of all the applicants denied. You should not lose hope just yet, though. There are many ways you can improve your chances.
Ask for Assistance
Getting help from people who assist claimants can certainly help especially if you are not familiar with the applications, denial, or appeals process. Some companies provide such services and would be willing to assist you. They can also help you determine your eligibility for receiving benefits so you have one less thing to worry about.
Get Help from Your Physician
Your physician knows exactly what your condition is. Getting him or her to support your case by providing a detailed statement of your disability and why it makes you unfit for work can really help your chances. Have your physician fill out a residual function capacity (RFC) form early on.
Cooperate with the SSA
It is important to maintain a good relationship with the SSA. Their examiners do have the final say in your claim, after all. Respond promptly to letters and notices they may send you. Also, don’t miss any scheduled medical exams.