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When applying for benefits, how can you prove your disability?

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If you are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition, you know you may have a rightful claim to certain benefits. However, disability benefits are not easy to secure and many people find that their first claim comes back denied. If you believe you have a claim to these benefits, it can be helpful to learn more about how the process works.

As part of the disability claims process, you will have to complete paperwork and include evidence of your disabling condition. Proving your disability can be complicated, and even with a significant amount of documentation included, your initial claim may not be successful. Many Indiana applicants find it helpful to seek guidance as they pursue the benefits they need.

How can you prove your disability?

As part of your disability claim, you will have to include documentation proving you have a serious physical or mental condition that prevents you from working. Not everyone with a serious illness will qualify for disability benefits, and your documentation must line up with the Social Security Administration's rather strict definition of disability. Your claim must clearly prove the following:

  • You are not able to continue with the same work you did before your disability.
  • Your disability prevents you from working in other types of employment.
  • Your medical condition will last for a period of at least one year or ultimately result in your death.

Many first time applications for disability benefits come back denied because of insufficient medical information included in the application. As you prepare your application, it is smart to gather as much documentation as possible, including notes from your doctor and more. The SSA needs to see documentation of the onset of your disabling condition.

Preparing your claim is an important step in the process of obtaining the benefits you need. As you work to prove you meet the definition of disability, you may find it helpful to seek experienced guidance.

Your future is on the line

When you are applying for disability benefits, there is a lot at stake. You need financial support for your family and yourself, and any setbacks or delays can be frustrating and stressful. There is a lot on the line, but you do not have to walk through the claims process alone. You may find it helpful to seek an understanding of your rights and how you can build a strong claim before you even begin the process.

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