If your doctor has suggested that you file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) but you fear the process could take a long time, then you are right to be concerned. It is a well-known fact that the Social Security Administration (SSA) can take a very long time to approve claims, and often they are even denied on the first or second application for minor reasons. Since this is a known issue with SSA disability claims, there are many things you can do to get your claim through their system without it taking forever. To this end, here is a list of tips to ensure delays don't happen in your case:
Tip: Ask Your Doctor to Write You a Letter of Recommendation for Disability
Since SSA sees many applications each day, they do not have any knowledge of your case beyond your application and medical records. If your doctor is behind your claim, then this can go a long way towards winning a quick approval. You should provide SSA with a letter from your doctor that proves their support of your application to help demonstrate to SSA that your claim is valid and deserves a quick approval.
Tip: Be Honest About Your Symptoms Without Embellishing Nor Diminishing Them
While you may be tempted to embellish your symptoms in an effort to win a faster approval from SSA, this is both illegal and will not work. They will look at all of your medical records and will insist that they match your story. For example, if you are claiming that you have debilitating pain every day, then this must be documented in your medical records or it will appear that you are not being truthful and will result in a denial.
Just as you should never embellish your symptoms, you should not diminish them either. You should never be embarrassed about your medical history and should be as honest as possible in your application.
Tip: Retain an Experienced SSDI Attorney to Help You with Your Application
Finally, while you can always apply for SSDI without the use of an attorney, using one will greatly improve your chances for a speedy approval. Lawyers who specialize in SSDI claims can be found in every local area and are experienced with how SSA works and they know exactly what to include in your application to avoid potential delays and denials from minor paperwork issues. For this reason, it is always wise to hire an SSDI attorney to help you fill out your application and submit it to SSA.
For more information, consider talking to an attorney like those at Burke Schultz Harman & Jenkinson Attorneys at Law.