There are currently about 9 million Americans on Social Security Disability. Such a large number makes it sound like obtaining your SSA disability should be a fairly straightforward feat. However, if you look a little closer at the numbers, the levels of people who actually receive their SSA disability have actually been in decline for several years.
If you are planning to apply for your SSA disability, you should expect the process to take some time, with the potential to be rejected and even the requirement of waiting through the lengthy appeals process. Yet, there are a few things you can do that may help your claim for disability move along a bit faster through the process.
1. Make sure you have a doctor willing to back you up.
One of the bigger mistakes applicants make when they apply for their disability is to jump the gun and apply because they believe they are unable to work. When your case goes before a judge, what you say will have little bearing on how your disability is perceived. The cases that usually see a faster process are those by applicants who are fully supported by a physician. You will need documentation from your treating physicians that explain why the professional feels you are unable to work and also clearly outlining your medical condition.
2. Ensure your disability makes you unable to work, even outside of your normal vocation.
Say for example you have worked for 20 years as a general laborer, but you hurt your back and are no longer able to stand for long hours or lift on the job. This injury may be enough that you can no longer work as a laborer, but you may still be able to perform at other employment positions, such as working at a toll booth where you would be allowed to sit for most of the day. A vocational expert will be observing your case. So you do need to ensure that your disability bars you from working altogether, not just in one field. Otherwise, you could see your case denied several times.
3. Hire a disability attorney to help you out.
From the moment you decide to apply for SSA disability, it is wise to consult with an attorney. Having an attorney on board from the time you initially apply for disability will help you avoid making costly mistakes with the application process. Plus, the disability attorney can help you ensure you are fairly treated throughout the claim process by following up with the SSA when you are left waiting for appointments for medical examinations or hearing.