Social Security provides supplemental income for people with long-term disabilities. Although many people apply for these benefits, it is common for an application to be denied. The following are four things you can do to increase your chances of acceptance.
Do not rush through the process
Make sure you understand the entire application process and the specific documentation that the Social Security Administration is looking for. One mistake that is often made is with the need for original documents. Copies and scans may not be acceptable for everything. For example, original birth certificates need to be mailed or presented in person. Although it is possible to apply online, you may still need to visit the local SSA office to provide original documents.
Make sure your condition is covered
You may think you are disabled, but the SSA may disagree. There are many conditions that will not qualify. For example, being blind in one eye is not enough, nor are many conditions related to diabetes. The good news is that you can get a list of qualifying conditions from the SSA. If your condition is not listed, you may want to consult with an attorney before applying. It is possible that your condition may qualify, but only if you document it in a certain way.
Make sure your income is low enough
Even if you can no longer work because of your disability, you do not automatically qualify for benefits. All income will count in determining whether you are approved for benefits. If you have a part-time job, but are not able to work full time, you may still get monthly benefits. Any type of income you receive, including unemployment checks, will count against you, up a maximum amount. The SSA refers to this income as substantial gainful activity, and it is set at a maximum of $1,170 for 2017.
Don't stop trying because you have been rejected
If you believe that you have been unfairly rejected for disability, an attorney should be your next step. There is an appeal process when your benefits are denied, and your chances of success on appeal are better if you consult with an attorney. There are lawyers who specialize in this type of legal work, and they may notice a mistake that you have made, or they can help you to present your case in a more clear manner with better medical documentation.
Always remember that these benefits exist to help people who can no longer work or who are limited in their ability to work. You paid into the system, and if you qualify, you are entitled to them. Keeping the above tips in mind will help you get approved, but if you have any problems, there are attorneys ready to assist you. Contact a law firm like Horn & Kelley, PC Attorneys at Law to learn more.Share
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