How You Can Help Make Your Claim for Disability Benefits be Successful
If your application for Social Security Disability benefits has been turned down, try not to get too discouraged. Most applications are initially denied by the Social Security Administration. What is important is not to give up and to make sure and contact an experienced Social Security Disability attorney like Randy Walton of Walton Law, LLC to help you ultimately be successful in your claim.
While your attorney will do everything in his power to see that you get the benefits you need and deserve, there are important steps that you can and should take to help make your claim be successful. Below are the top five steps you can take to help your claim be successful. Follow these steps, and if you haven’t contacted an attorney yet, call Walton Law, LLC at 251-455-5819. We serve clients in Fairhope, Daphne, Robertsdale, Foley and throughout Mobile and Baldwin County.
Step One – Get Medical Treatment
It is important that you continue to get medical treatment for your physical and/or emotional problems which you believe cause you to be disabled. The Administrative Law Judge cannot find you to be disabled based solely on your testimony. The judge will base his decision in large part upon what the doctor states in the medical records.
We know that it is often difficult to get medical care if you do not have an income or health insurance. However, there are clinics in most areas which provide treatment for free or at a substantially reduced rate to people who cannot otherwise afford health care. Call our office if you need help locating a facility in your area.
It is also important that you follow the instructions given to you by the doctor. In other words, if the doctor provides you with medication to treat your condition, if it important that you take the medication as directed.
If the Social Security Administration (SSA) schedules an appointment with a doctor for you, please make sure that you attend and are cooperative with the doctor. This doctor will not provide you with any treatment but will provide the SSA with a written evaluation of his findings.
Step two – Avoid Illegal Drugs and Excessive Use of Alcohol
The Social Security Administration no longer recognizes disabilities relating to drug abuse and alcoholism. Any indication in your medical records that you are currently using illegal drugs or excessively using alcohol will hurt your case. If the judge determines that your drug and/or alcohol use is contributing to your disability, then you can be found not to be disabled based on that factor.
Step Three – Maintain a Good Relationship with Your Treating Doctors
As stated above, the information that is in your medical records is extremely important in determining whether your claim will be successful. Be pleasant and cooperative with your doctor. Often times, we will require specific information from your main treating physician. The information the doctor provides us regarding the severity of your disability will be considered by the judge.
Step Four – Be on Time for All of Your Appointments
This is important for appointments with doctors and medical providers as well as appointments with your attorney. If you are not going to be able to attend an appointment you have scheduled with your doctor or lawyer, please contact their office and let them know before the scheduled time.
Step Five – Complete All Requested Forms
Sometimes the Administrative Law Judge or Appeals Council may send you forms to complete. Please do this immediately and forward them to your attorney. That way we can make a copy of this information and then forward it to the SSA on your behalf. Occasionally, these are forms just like ones that you have completed before. Nevertheless, it is important to complete the forms accurately and return them promptly.
Sometimes we may send you a form to be completed by your doctor. Please make sure to take that form to the doctor, as obtaining that information is important to your claim. Typically these forms request the doctor’s opinions regarding your abilities and restrictions.