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Social Security Disability Benefits  Common Mistakes in Applying for Benefits III

Social Security Disability Benefits  Common Mistakes in Applying for Benefits III 

Every day people throughout Alabama and Tennessee file for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, and over 70% of these applications will be summarily denied.  If you have been denied disability benefits, it really is in your best interest to hire an experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer to help you with your appeal, but in this blog I wanted to write about things you can do during your initial application that might help you get awarded Social Security Disability benefits without having to go through an appeal.  This is the third blog in this series, and it picks up where we left off in the second blog. 

3) Talk to your doctor about applying for Social Security Disability: We ended the last blog discussing how many of our clients don’t tell their doctors about all of the medical conditions they are dealing with, instead only focusing on their “main” problems and how this is a mistake.  Another mistake often made is neglecting to talk to your doctor about your thoughts about applying for Social Security Disability.

The Social Security Administration will (or at least they should) contact your treating physicians and request a copy of your medical file, so your doctor(s) will find out that you are applying for disability benefits.  If you have not talked to your doctor about your thoughts about filing for disability benefits, this can cause them some confusion.  If you have not gone through all of the problems you are dealing with and talked to your doctor about you they affect you, they may just assume that you are doing well and that will be reflected in your notes.  TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR.  Let them know everything that you are struggling with and how you fear that you are are not currently capable of working full time.

Don’t just say that you are doing fine or that nothing has changed.  Be specific in detailing your problems and fears with your doctor.  It is not uncommon for a doctor to agree that a client is currently incapable of working, and they will often include such in their medical notes.  They may even write a letter saying as much for you-which is invaluable in your application for disability benefits.

In our next blog on common mistakes people make when applying for Social Security Disability benefits we will discuss talking to your doctor and asking if they will complete paperwork to help you in your application for disability benefits. 

If you are denied Social Security Disability benefits-or if you would like the help of a lawyer during the application process, don’t give up, you really should call an experienced Alabama Social Security Disability Lawyer.  Contact and speak with one of the knowledgeable Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a free consultation.  Virtual appointments are available through Zoom, so you have meet with one of our experienced Disability Lawyers from the safety, convenience and comfort of home wherever you live in Alabama or Tennessee.

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Social Security Disability Benefits  Common Mistakes in Applying for Benefits III

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