What to do if you think you have a disability

| Oct 15, 2020 | Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Sometimes you see a disability coming, such as if you’re receiving treatment for a serious condition. Other times, you’re hit with a disability out of nowhere, such as the result of an unexpected injury.

If you have any reason to believe you have a disability, it’s a must that you take immediate action. Here’s what you should do:

  • Familiarize yourself with the system: Don’t assume that your disability is easy to prove. There’s a lot that goes into obtaining Social Security Disability benefits, so it’s critical that you familiarize yourself with the system and everything it entails. This can help you avoid common hiccups along the way.
  • Seek medical treatment: One of the biggest mistakes you can make is attempting to treat yourself at home. If you do this, you won’t qualify for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration will want medical proof that you’re disabled and unable to work.
  • Keep good records: This goes along with proving your disability to the Social Security Administration. For example, keep copies of all your doctor visit summaries and test results. Even if you don’t think something is important to your case, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • File a claim: You’re hoping that you overcome your disability so you can return to life as you know it. However, you shouldn’t expect this to happen. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee. And that’s particularly true with serious injuries and ailments. The second your medical team tells you that it’s not a good idea to work is the second you should take action.

It’s your hope that you file a claim and begin to receive benefits in the near future. However, this doesn’t always happen, as many claims are denied. There are many reasons for this, ranging from a paperwork error on your behalf to a lack of medical evidence.

A disability will affect your life in many ways, including your ability to earn a living. With this in mind, you should consider all avenues for obtaining compensation. Applying for Social Security disability benefits is one of the best steps you can take during this difficult time.

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