When you are unable to work because of a medical problem, it can take a serious toll on you and every member of your family. Securing financial help through a Social Security Disability claim is important, but deciding to move forward with this process is only the first of many steps you will have to take. In order to get benefits from the Social Security Administration, you will have to provide extensive proof of your disability.
The SSA holds a strict definition of disability. Even with a legitimate mental or physical problem, you may find that it is difficult to get what you need. In fact, many first-time claims come back denied. Before you move forward with your claim, you may want to learn about how the SSA reviews claims and what you can do to give yourself a better chance of success.
Validating your claim
While you may believe that your disability is obvious and that your claim should get immediate approval, the SSA may not view it in the same way. If you are able to work in some capacity or your disability condition is likely only temporary, it is possible that you will not qualify for disability benefits. The very basic things that are necessary to qualify for this type of financial support include the following:
- You are no longer able to do the same work because of your disability.
- Your disability makes it impossible to do a different type of work.
- Doctors expect your disability to last for at least 12 months or ultimately result in your death.
You may know these things to be true, but how can you go about proving that your disability is genuine? If you plan to file for these benefits, you will have to do the following things:
- You will need to gather your medical history, including any documentation that pertains to your disabling medical condition in any way.
- Make sure you are talking with your doctors and following instructions regarding your medical care.
- Prepare any other evidence you have that will help prove how your disability affects your ability to work, including non-medical documentation.
Navigating the disability claims process is not easy. Fortunately, you do not have to walk through this process on your own. It can be helpful to speak with an experienced West Virginia legal ally regarding your claim in order to gain a better understanding of how you validate your claim for benefits.