Are you worried about having your claim for Social Security Disability approved but are not sure what you should be doing? Here are some tips that will help ensure that you do things correctly.
Limit Your Gaps In Treatment
When you go in front of a disability judge to review your medical history, they are looking for how often you have been treated for your chronic injury that justifies your need for Social Security Disability. If you have gone a significant amount of time without seeking any medical treatment, it shows that the injury isn't that bad and that you don't need Social Security Disability for it. That's why it's so important to stay on top of going to your doctor for checkups, even if you think things are getting better.
Get A Firm Diagnosis
A common problem is that people do not have a firm diagnosis for their injury from a doctor when they apply for Social Security Disability. Being able to say that you have a very specific condition that is being treated is going to strengthen your case, rather than having a bunch of symptoms that don't have an underlying cause. You'll find that a judge is more likely to give you benefits when a doctor is able to pinpoint the problem. This is why you'll have trouble getting a mental health condition covered under Social Security Disability — it is hard to figure out why it is happening.
Take Your Medications As Directed
You'll likely be taking medications for your condition, which will be monitored by your doctor. You do not want your doctor to make a statement saying that you have not been compliant with taking prescribed medication. A common problem people run into is that they take a medication, have bad side effects, and then stop taking the medication. Any time you have a bad side effect, you need to talk to your doctor about it, and then they will be the ones to determine that you should stop taking the medication. Otherwise, on paper it looks like you're not taking your medication as prescribed because your disability is not that serious.
Have Your Work Limitations Defined
It's not enough to simply have a disability that you are dealing with on a daily basis. A judge is going to want to know how that disability is related to limitations in what you can do at work. Make sure that all of your limitations are spelled out so that there is no confusion about what you can and can't do.
Contact Social Security Disability lawyers in your area to learn more.