While most people do not know a great deal about what it takes to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, if there are two things they know, it is this: Applying is no sure guarantee of approval and the application process can be difficult. Recognizing that these two concepts may be enough to discourage some people from applying for SSD benefits altogether, a recent article attempted to inform readers about what can be done to help the process.
The first thing the article mentioned is something that has been mentioned numerous times in previous posts here: The more information you get about the application process beforehand, the better off you’ll probably be. The application process will be different for everyone, but the requirements are the same. Knowing how your medical issues line up with the federal regulations will help you to identify those areas where you may need to get more information for the Social Security Administration to review.
Next, it is important to have all of the documentation you will need gathered together and organized before you start the application process. Not only will this make you more informed about where you stand, but it could also expedite the process if there is no need to dig up additional information as the process gets going.
Lastly, it is important to remember that even if you are denied Social Security benefits on your first application, you can still appeal that initial decision. The appeals process can take quite a bit of additional time in some cases, but as long as you are confident in the fact that you do qualify for SSD benefits you can keep your head up and hopefully be successful with a second look at your application by the Social Security Administration.
Source: The Baxter Bulletin, “How to get social security benefits when disabled,” Jim Miller, Aug. 31, 2014