Even if you clearly suffer a disability that makes you eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, your application could be denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unfortunately, they initially deny many eligible applicants’ requests for benefits.
If your claim is denied, you will have to file an appeal of the SSA’s decision and attend a court hearing if your initial request for reconsideration is not approved—which is also likely. Here are five tips on how you can increase the likelihood that you will win your appeal.
Tip #1: Retain a Lawyer
One of the most important steps that you need to take if you want to win your SSDI appeal is to retain an experienced Social Security disability lawyer. Here are some of the ways a lawyer can help you:
- They will file your appeal and any supporting documentation for you.
- They will know what the administrative law judge (ALJ) who will decide your case will be looking for and will ensure that you provide all the evidence you need to prove that you are disabled.
- They will represent you at your hearing.
Tip #2: Provide Medical Evidence
Your medical evidence is crucial to convincing the SSA that you suffer from a medical condition that prevents you from working. You should provide them with your ongoing medical records of exams, diagnostic tests, doctor statements, and other evidence that proves your disability. You should submit this information to them every time you go to your physician.
Tip #3: Show Your Condition Is Worse
If you have evidence that your medical condition is worsening, you should provide it to the SSA when you file your appeal. The ALJ will review your file and medical documentation before your hearing. Showing that your medical condition has gotten worse over time can be compelling evidence to convince them that you are truly disabled.
#4: Attend the Cumulative Exam
The SSA may require you to attend a cumulative exam, which can be a physical or mental examination depending on your disability. Its purpose is to determine how serious your disability is and how it affects your ability to work. You should attend the cumulative exam if the SSA schedules one for you.
#5: Prepare for Your Hearing
Your testimony at your hearing will be crucial to winning your appeal. One of the benefits of hiring an attorney is that they can help you prepare for your hearing. They will know the types of questions you will be asked and guide you on the best way to answer them.
Whether you are filing an application for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or have to appeal a denial of your claim, our knowledgeable legal team is here to assist you. Call our Roswell office or start a live chat to schedule your free consultation today.