People Who Can Help With Your Disability Claim
At Disability Support Services (DSS), we frequently see people frustrated by the disability claim process. It can be hard to navigate. This can be a trying time and you shouldn’t have to go through it alone. While no two cases are alike, there are some things everyone should consider. Below are some key people and professionals who can assist you along the way.
DSS has written about the importance of doctors and medical evidence before. However, it bears repeating. It is your doctor(s) that will help provide the proof that your disability is preventing you from working. They will help you document your symptoms, treatment, and lab results in your medical history. Here is a list of medical professionals and records the Social Security Administration (SSA) accepts under its current guidelines.
Make sure you have open communication with your doctor(s) and let them know if your condition changes in any way. One of the main reasons social security disability benefits are denied is the lack of medical evidence. We suggest making a list of when things affect you at work or in your daily routine so you don’t forget to mention them to your doctor during your visits. Also, if you are starting the disability claim process, let your doctor know. Many times they understand what is needed to help you.
Friends & Family
Having a disability that prevents you from working can be more than just physically painful. It can also be emotionally draining. To suffer and figure out how to cover your monthly bills, medical costs, and living expenses is no walk in the park. That is why having a supportive network of family and friends can help your well-being. These will be the people you can turn to for advice and encouragement.
Many times we don’t want to rely on others when we are so used to doing it ourselves. However, when going through medical issues and the possibility of no longer being able to work can be overwhelming. Whether it is your church group, close friends, or favorite cousins, these relationships prove very important through tough times.
Social Security Administration Resources
While it can be a lot to go through, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a lot of resources on their website. You can apply for disability online, return to a saved application and check your application or appeal status. They also provide guidelines and requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits.
If you haven’t started before, check out their disability planner. It can help you understand how to apply, what happens when your application is approved, and other important processes. It can also link you to common questions and facts about disability benefits in their Adult Disability Starter Kit. Again, it is a lot of information to process. However, the more you know, the better.
Even with the help of doctors, friends, family, and having the SSA resources, it can still be a lot to take on. At DSS, we highly recommend working with someone like us that fully understands and specialize in the process. We have an entire team of attorneys, specialists, and disability representatives dedicated to you and your claim. DSS only practices Social Security Disability Law. We are also active members of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) and the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR).
Having DSS on your side can help relieve the stress of the application or appeals process. Your case is important to us. So is getting you the money you are eligible for if you cannot work due to your disability. Our case managers are with you through every step. DSS practices in Maryland and some of its surrounding states. Don’t do it alone. Let us help you. Call (410) 244-006 or fill our free evaluation form to get started today.