How the SSA determines SSDI eligibility

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2022 | Social Security Disability

In New Jersey and throughout the country, in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you must prove that you are unable to work because of your condition. It sounds simple, but the approval process is a complicated one. The Social Security Administration must determine if you meet its definition of disabled. Your doctors do not decide this, though their input is crucial. There are steps that you can take to improve your chances of being approved.

Keep in communication with your doctors

Having the support of your doctors will make your case much stronger. They need to be aware of how limited you are by your disability. You need to communicate to them about any difficulties that you are having. Many claims are denied because a doctor didn’t give an adequate report. The Social Security Administration needs all the information you have about your condition, and its important they have all your medical records and reports in order to make a decision. Your doctors know if you have medical issues that are being treated by another physician. Keep all of your appointments and have your prescriptions filled promptly.

Be honest

When you are completing your SSDI application, be honest and forthright. Inform them about what you can and can not do. Don’t exaggerate.

Respond promptly

You need to respond right away if the Social Security Administration sends any written requests or calls you. If there is any type of delay, let your claims examiner know immediately. If you are asked to go to an examination with a doctor they select, be sure to be cooperative.

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