Signs Your Disability Claim Will Be Approved
Signs Your Disability Claim Will Be Approved
The waiting time after filing an application for Social Security disability benefits can lasts months, even over a year. On top of that, the approval rate for applications in Massachusetts sits right around 31%.
It’s understandable to be concerned about your approval during that time period. After all, you don’t want to wait that long to find out that you have not been approved. The appeal process for rejected claims can take even longer.
But, there are plenty of signs that your disability claim might be approved. If you have not yet filed your claim, make sure that the application is filled out with as much information as possible to help your case. Hiring a disability claims lawyer can ensure that you have the strongest application you can, complete with any evidence to support your claims.
How Are Disability Claims Processed?
Your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office will determine Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on work credit eligibility and the level of your income/assets.
For each claim filed, the SSA assigns a disability examiner to check the medical records of the facilities that treated the applicant’s disability.
In addition, the Disability Determination Services (DDS) checks the applicant’s application for all jobs and the descriptions of the applicant’s exertion level and skills during those jobs for the past 15 years.
During the evaluation, the disability examiner evaluates the following:
- Consistency amongst all evidence and supporting documentation from the application
- Whether the disability claim is logical or based on intuition
- The claimant’s right to expect the same result from their application, regardless of what specific supporting evidence/documentation is provided for the claim
Your local SSA office will make the final decisions on the payments that the claimant will receive if they are approved.
Tips on Getting Approved for Social Security Disability
Getting approved for your Social Security disability claim will come down to how you filled out your application.
The first thing you can do to help your chances of getting approved is to communicate with your doctor. As part of the claim, you must provide doctor reports and medical records that can support your diagnosis. You don’t want your claim to be rejected because your doctor failed to respond with the proper documentation. Nor do you want documentation from your doctor that lacks clarification or accuracy.
The second thing you can do to help get approved for Social Security disability benefits is to be as accurate as possible with all information. If you exaggerate about the condition of your disability in the workplace, a statement from your employer could cause a discrepancy. On the other hand, an employer can actually help back your claim if there are noticeable problems related to your disability at work.
The most important thing you can do to help your chances of getting your application approved is to hire a Social Security disability lawyer. A lawyer could help identify gaps or discrepancies in your application. They can also suggest what additional evidence or documentation you can provide to support your claim.
Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer
Hiring a Social Security disability lawyer brings years of experience with the claims process to your application. This gives you the best chance at getting your claim approved. On the other hand, if it is rejected, a lawyer can help you appeal the rejection.
Experienced Social Security disability lawyers have been through the claims process plenty of times before to know what might be missing or helpful to your application. They can also provide you with advice on your application and guide you through the entire process.
Because Social Security disability claims could take months, even over a year, before you receive a response, you will want to make sure that the application is not missing a single thing that could hurt your chances of getting approved. To be on the safe side, a Social Security disability lawyer should be there from the start.
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