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How to apply for Social Security Disability

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When you are suffering from a long-term illness or disability, you may be in a position where you are finding it difficult to work full-time, and therefore, struggle to keep on top of bills and daily living expenses. It is for this reason that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) exists. It is set up to make it possible for those who are disabled to have a good quality of life, and to help support them in getting back into the workplace, if this is possible.

Although SSDI is a great benefit that offers a lifeline for those in need, it can be a difficult and overwhelming process, and it is not uncommon for applicants to be denied at their first attempt.

How can I make sure that I get my application right the first time?

It is important to prepare and take your time if you want to have a successful first-time application. Try to gather as many medical records as you can in order to support your case. You might have to wait for these to be sent to you by your hospital or doctor; therefore, it is a good idea to plan ahead of time.

What should I do if I get denied?

If you do get denied after your first application, there is no need to panic. However you should make sure that you either amend your application or request an appeal within two months.

Being prepared and providing an adequate amount of information is vital when you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

Source: CNBC, "Steps to successfully apply for Social Security disability," accessed Jan. 26, 2018

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