Filing for Social Security Disability benefits can be a daunting and stressful task for anyone. Even if you’ve done it in the past, having to file can still bring confusion and the fear that the claim will be denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here are some tips for getting your doctor involved when filing for benefits so you can ensure that the claim is accepted the first time you file in Indianapolis.
The first thing you doctor will need to do in helping you apply for benefits is provide the SSA with a written statement. This statement will explain the disability you have, its extent, and the overall circumstances surrounding the disability. The statement should be accompanied by your medical records related to the disability.
It’s best to notify your doctors ahead of time that you will be applying for benefits from the SSA. This will give them plenty of time to prepare the written statement and secure the required documents from your medical history.
In the written statement your doctor will need to also explain, in depth, why your disability prevents you from securing employment. This explanation should be related to your previous employment and any future employment you might seek.
If your claim has been denied by the SSA, you are eligible to appeal. This will also involve your doctor. He or she will need to provide the SSA with another statement of your condition. Make sure he or she submits it prior to your appeal hearing.
If you need to file for SSD and aren’t sure where to begin it’s best to consult with your family physician. He or she will be able to answer your questions and guide you through the process of applying for disability in Indiana.