Most people get turned down because they did not succeed in proving their claim. This isn’t surprising, since those who are trying to prove they’re disabled are in fact disabled or ill and cannot work, and proving disability is a job in itself. But, if you are applying for SSI, you have to prove you have no assets, and for SSDI, you must prove you do not earn any income and have not worked or been able to work for five months. It is a very good idea to hire a disability attorney who is experienced in both proving and filing claims for SSI & SSDI and in appealing a claim if it gets turned down.
How to Prove Disability
You must submit medical records that you have a disability and cannot work. If you have a mental illness, you can ask for letters from former employers and family members that could prove onset of your condition. If your condition is listed in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book list of qualifying disabilities, you must prove that your disability is advanced to the point where you cannot do any work at all, either your regular occupation or any kind of other work.
The Social Security Administration may frown on opinions from naturopathic doctors. You should see a regular M.D., and you must prove that you have followed the doctor’s orders. It’s all about creating a paper trail such as doctor’s visits, medical procedures, having prescriptions filled, surgeries and the like. For everything you do, document it.
It will help immensely if your treating physician provides a detailed statement about how your disability limits your ability to perform specific functions. The SSA may send out a checklist for your doctor to fill out, but don’t count on it.
Proving disability in Daily Activities
Keep a journal of your daily activities from the time you wake up until you retire. Record how your mental or physical condition impairs your ability to perform normal functions. Record all information and document all evidence that will strengthen your claim. It may be wise to seek an expert opinion to bolster your regular doctor’s treatment and prognosis. You must prove that your disability will prevent you from returning to work in a year or that you are terminally ill.
You must prove that you cannot do things like:
- Lift up to 10 pounds
- Go for eight hours without resting
- Use your hands
- Sit for an extended period of time
- Stand for an extended period of time
A Disability Claim Attorney Can Guide You in Supplying Proof
People regularly get turned down because they do not provide the right kind of proof or not enough proof. It isn’t easy to win a disability claim. Also, doctors don’t realize the detailed description SSA requires them to give.
An experienced disability attorney who has helped others get their benefits could mean the difference between your claim being approved or denied. A lawyer will be especially helpful at the level of the claim process where you must appear before an administrative judge.
You cannot afford to leave your claim to chance. You should contact a skilled Isaacs & Isaacs disability claim attorney as soon as you know you will need to file a claim. An experienced attorney can help you throughout the process and also help your doctor(s) know exactly what type of information the SSA is looking for.
Call Isaacs & Isaacs for a Free Claim Assessment Today
If you need to file a claim for SSI or SSDI, or if your claim has been denied and you need to appeal, you can call and speak to an experienced Isaacs & Isaacs disability lawyer before you file. It won’t cost you anything to talk to an attorney, and it could make the difference in getting the financial help you need. Call 800-800-8888 anytime or fill out our online form for a free consultation and claim evaluation with an experienced Isaacs & Isaacs disability claim attorney.