How to Make a Better SSI Case
by: Lala Balattan
It is not actually that a personís disability claim is not believable enough or substantial enough that causes denied applications for the Social Security Disability or the Supplemental Security Income benefits. Represented or not, with undisputable medical records or not, seventy percent (70%) of all disability claims are denied at applications. Does this mean that, it really makes no difference whether you present a substantial claim or not? Of course not!
It simply means that you have to possess more analysis and should insist to learn more about the workings, procedures and especially the approval system of the SSD and SSI Programs. By being attuned to their systems and procedures, respecting their authority and cooperating with them, you stand a better chance of presenting a winning SSI case. With or without help from a legal counsel or other representative, your knowledge of the system would sustain your claim.
Dear claimants, it is indeed intolerable to note that the crucial information regarding the SSD/SSI benefits policies and procedures cannot always be had from the actual persons taking the citizenís claims for disability benefits and SSI. Never be disheartened, though! Even if you eventually think that the applications for SSD / SSI might be a secret process fiercely guarded by who knows? Do not fret! We are providing you with very information, tips and advice in order for you to be armed with the right ideas and learn for yourself how you could improved your very own SSI case.
Stand a better chance of having a competent and substantial review of your medical status. Do this by finding out if your personal physician will support your disability case. Once he expresses his support, request for a detailed statement as to the reasons you were disabled and unable to work. It is also essential to continue submitting copies of your medical records, including recent update, when you apply and each time you appeal.
Cooperate fully with the Disability Examiner working on your case. This, you can show by promptly responding to letters and notices and going to medical exams that the DDS have scheduled for you. By being more cooperative with the DDS, you could gain a chance for your case to be qualified with the examiner pleading your case.
Ensure a good relationship with other people working on your case, especially the authorities at the Social Security and others you have enlisted or hired to assist you. Simply by establishing a friendly and courteous relationship with them, would entail them to do more for you.
Always keep tabs on your claim status, either personally or through your counsel. It is never good to let important deadlines lapse on your disability claim. Act out immediately what is to be done if your claim is denied or have been pending for too long. Simply by knowing that you are aware of every step and every proceeding would give you an edge. Strategize on how to properly plead either a request for reconsideration or a appeal for a hearing.
As long as you are patient enough and is willing to invest time and effort, on no time soon, you will be able to prove that your SSI case stands a good chance and that you are an entitled and worthy beneficiary! Good luck!
About The Author
Lala B. is a 26 year-old Communication Arts graduate, with a major in Journalism. Right after graduating last 1999, she worked for one year as a clerk then became a Research, Publication and Documentation Program Director at a non-government organization, which focuses on the rights, interests and welfare of workers for about four years.
Her writing prowess began as early as she was 10 years old in girlish diaries. With writing, she felt freedom Ė to express her viewpoints and assert it, to bring out all concerns -- imagined and observed, to bear witness.
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