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Avoid The Denial Letter: How To Proceed With Your Social Security Disability Application

If you need to apply for Social Security disability benefits, you may be worried about the denial rates. It's true that about 65% of all first-time applications are denied. But, that doesn't mean that your application is going to fall into that category. In fact, there are steps you can take that will help you to avoid receiving that dreaded denial letter. 

Have a Complete Medical History

If you've reached a point in your disability where filing for Social Security disability benefits is your only option, it's time to put your medical history together. This part of the process should include the gathering of all of your medical records. The Social Security Administration will go over every page of medical history you provide them with. That's why it's important that your medical records tell the full story. If your medical history doesn't include records from medical specialists, now's the time to change that. Before you apply for Social Security disability, take the time to visit a specialist about your disability. The inclusion of reports from specialists will help to bolster the effectiveness of your application packet. 

Provide a Detailed Application 

Applying for Social Security disability benefits is a time-consuming process. Don't let that cause you to speed through the actual application. Many people make the mistake of providing short, basic answers to the questions asked on the initial application. If you follow that process, you may end up with a denial letter. The Social Security Administration must process every application that is submitted each day. Applications that are too brief or are missing vital information are often denied. Before you submit your application, take a look at your answers. If you haven't provided detailed answers for each question, go back through and add more information. The more information you give, the more likely it is that your application will be approved the first time. 

Follow Through on Appointments

If you're to apply for Social Security disability benefits, you can expect to receive some letters and phone calls. You can also expect to receive requests for personal visits. If you want to ensure a first-time approval for benefits, make yourself available for communication from your claims representative. The information you provide during those conversations will improve your chances of having your application approved. 

Focus on the Legal Aspect 

Finally, if you need to apply for Social Security disability benefits, be sure to focus on the legal aspect of your claim. The best way to do that is to consult with an attorney early on in the process. When you hire an attorney before you file your application, you'll have someone to consult with throughout the process. Not only will they help you to avoid mistakes, but they'll already be up-to-speed with your case should you receive the dreaded denial letter. Contact a social security attorney for more information.