The Social Security Administration (SSA) is in charge of administering an overseeing several benefit programs. The most popular of these programs is social security, which thousands upon thousands of people rely upon monthly for income after retirement. Another popular program is the social security disability income (SSDI) program, which provides for an income when a worker becomes disabled is no longer able to earn a living by going to work every day. In order to get SSDI benefits you have to apply with the SSA and have a determination made that you are disabled to the point you cannot perform any substantial gainful activity. This can be a hard task, and many applications are denied on the first try. But there is a reconsideration and appeals process and knowing how to best present your application initially or on appeal or reconsideration will help you get the best results. One of the things you need to know is how to talk to your doctor when you decide to apply for SSDI.
Top tips for your doctor if you are seeking disability benefits include:
• Be sure your doctor knows your intentions, because their statement will be a key piece of evidence when you turn in your application.
• Let your doctor know exactly how you became disabled, and how the disability affects you every day.
• Tell your doctor what you are able to do, and what you are not able to do, on a consistent basis.
• Be sure your doctor is aware their notes and report will be presented to the SSA, so that the information contained therein is complete and accurate.
Some physicians have experience with the process and will know how to help you, while others may need more input from you. In either case it is critical to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor about your condition and future plans. The more information you can provide with your application, the better. The SSA will look at everything you have turned in and decide if you qualify for benefits, so providing as much as you can at the outset will save you from having to go back and get the information a second time. We can help you with this process, so you do not feel overwhelmed and so that your chances of being approved are increased.
If you have questions about social security and how to approach your doctor when applying for benefits, contact us online for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.