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Medical Documentation and Your Social Security Benefits

Social Security benefits are designed to assist individuals who have medical issues that affect their ability to provide for themselves. Because benefits are awarded based on the effects of injuries and conditions, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires medical documentation with each application.

The medical documentation you provide directly impacts your approval and duration of benefits. When you understand the relationship between medical documentation and Social Security benefits, you can ensure that you receive the aid you need to supplement or replace income, receive essential treatment, and maintain your quality of life.

In this blog, we answer some of the most common questions about medical documentation in the application process.

4 Reasons Your Social Security Disability Application May Be Denied

For many individuals, Social Security Disability, or SSD benefits, offer critical income that helps them maintain their quality of life through periods of extended or permanent disability. While these benefits are important for many people, relatively few applications for SSDI benefits are approved after the first submission.

In fact, according to Social Security’s own statistics, approximately two-thirds of all SSDI benefits applications are denied at the initial level. In this blog, we explain the four common categories of denials that the Social Security Administration, or SSA, issues.

Four Ways an Attorney Can Improve Your Social Security Application

The Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs provide many individuals with the funds they need to seek medical care and cover daily expenses despite the difficulties of living with a disability.

Because this money comes from the government, the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies the majority of applications. Understanding what the SSA is looking for in your application can strengthen your chances.

Perhaps the most important step that you can take is to partner with an experienced Social Security attorney before you submit your application. In this blog, we list four ways that a lawyer’s expertise enhances your application.

Why should I have a licensed, experienced Social Security attorney?

The Social Security process is not user friendly. It has its own regulations; its own law; its own language. Even other attorneys will wisely refer cases to an attorney who practices in this area. Social Security’s own statistics show a greater success rate when someone is represented. 

People come to the Social Security disability process often overwhelmed due to illness and financial pressure, without adding the need to navigate this agency’s process, one which not all of its employees even understand. The disabled person may get a denial, but not know what to do next, or give up because they just can’t do anymore.   A Social Security lawyer can take over the day-to-day work on the case.  The attorney can gather the records and file the appeals in a timely manner. 

Can You Qualify for Social Security Benefits While Incarcerated?

Making the wrong choices in life can easily result in a lengthy prison sentence. A jail or prison sentence entails more than just a loss of financial and personal freedom. Being incarcerated can also place your eligibility for certain benefits in jeopardy.

Despite qualifying for your Social Security disability and SSI benefits prior to your incarceration, being in prison can have wide-ranging effects on receiving benefits. The following offers a detailed explanation of how your time incarcerated can affect your benefits.

Avoid These Mistakes When Applying for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits

Common Mistakes when Applying for Social Security - Glen Cook Social Security Atty

If you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits in the near future, you might be disheartened by a common statistic: about 2/3 of all first-time Social Security Disability applicants are denied benefits. The Social Security Administration has some very specific criteria to determine who is approved after the first application and who must move on to the appeals process.

Filling out your Social Security Disability benefits application can be overwhelming, and simple errors could result in your benefits being denied. Here are a few of the most common errors that applicants make that result in their Social Security Disability benefits being denied.

Not Understanding How the Application Process Works

Many people mistakenly believe that if they are having trouble working, all they need to do to obtain Social Security Disability benefits is to fill out a form, send it off, and wait for their monthly check to arrive. In reality, the Social Security Administration has specific criteria that you must meet in order to qualify for benefits.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits With Lupus

Lupus — a chronic inflammatory disease that weakens the immune system — can develop slowly or come on suddenly. While not everyone with lupus qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI benefits, you may qualify if the disease affects multiple organ systems, leading to recurring symptoms that limit your ability to perform activities of daily living.

Educating yourself about this chronic and unpredictable disease and its disabling physical and mental effects can help you better prepare for the disability claims process.

3 Tips for Winning Social Security Disability Benefits With Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a frustrating condition. It can be debilitating for sufferers, but it’s also largely invisible. Patients with fibromyalgia may not appear disabled to the casual observer, and the condition can’t be diagnosed with a simple test like a blood analysis or MRI.

All of this can make it difficult for fibromyalgia patients to be approved for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits, even when their condition is severe enough to prevent them from working. However, while applying for disability benefits with a fibromyalgia diagnosis can be difficult, it is possible to win these cases. Take a look at some tips that can help you get approved for Social Security Disability benefits.

Applying for Social Security Disability With Multiple Medical Conditions

Some disability cases are clear-cut. A diagnosis of a single severe or catastrophic medical condition could be all that you need to successfully apply for disability benefits or SSI benefits. But many people don’t have a medical history that’s simple and easy to classify.

If you have multiple medical conditions, it may be that you will qualify for disability benefits even if no single condition by itself would meet the qualifications.

If this is your situation, qualifying for disability benefits could be more complex than it would be if you were trying to qualify on the basis of one condition. Take a look at some things that you need to know about applying for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits with multiple medical conditions.

Can You Qualify for Drug and Alcohol Disability Benefits?

If you dabbled in illicit drugs or abused alcohol during your younger days, you likely know that you’re not alone.

In 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that an estimated 9.4% of the population used an illicit drug within the last month. It was also reported that 10.9% of Americans over the age of 12 had driven under the influence of alcohol at least once within the past year.

Unfortunately, drug and alcohol use can often come at a steep physical and even mental health cost, whether directly causing injuries if you’re involved in an accident, aggravating chronic conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, or even causing you to develop new ailments.

If you’re no longer able to hold down full-time employment due to disabilities caused by your drug or alcohol use, you may wonder whether or not you can qualify for benefits.

While Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available for drug and alcohol users in some situations, this is a nuanced and highly fact-specific area of the law. Read on to learn more about the laws, rules and regulations governing the issuance of federal disability benefits to illicit drug and alcohol users.