How to Prepare for Filing Your Disability Claim or Appeal

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Applying for any type of disability benefits entails extensive preparation, determination, and patience. Knowing only 30% of initial applications are approved each year only added an ominous feel to an already daunting task.

Knowing what to expect throughout the process helps, and knowing what is expected of you ahead of time will assist in your thorough preparation. The application and appeal process involves the following steps:

  1. Initial application
  2. Request reconsideration
  3. Hearing with Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
  4. Review of hearing
  5. File with a federal district court

Keeping this process in mind can help as you plan your strategy. Consulting with a disability attorney is always recommended, especially for any part of the appeal process.

Get Organized

There are several things to do before submitting your initial application. Keeping relevant documents organized and sorted throughout your case will make it easier to incorporate new paperwork as it becomes available. Being organized will better enable you to complete the application thoroughly and correctly.

Gather Your Medical History

This can be time-consuming if your medical history includes a long list of medical providers. Make the time to request records from prior doctors, specialists, and hospitals. The more comprehensive your medical records are, the better.

This should include documentation of all treatments prescribed, natural therapies attempted, and anything that indicates an attempt to address symptoms. Also be sure to include statements that show you will be unable to work for at least 12 consecutive months, or that your disability will cause death.

Request Testimony

Eyewitness testimonies from your family, friends, coworkers, caregivers, and medical staff to help with proving your case. Documentation can be included with submitted paperwork and if the case progresses, there may be a request to talk with witnesses.

Consult with a Disability Attorney

Your free consultation will include a case evaluation wherein the lawyer may provide guidance or suggestions about how to proceed. Having the legal support of an experienced attorney goes a long way in helping you obtain approval for benefits.

If you would like to discuss your case with a disability lawyer, please contact the Antonowicz Group. There is no fee, and if you decide to hire one of our attorneys, you pay nothing until you win your case.

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