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The dos and don'ts of applying for Social Security Disability

While the Social Security Administration denies most first-time applications for disability benefits, it is important to remember that there are some steps you can take during the application process that can help your claim.

DO: Tell Your Doctor Everything

Since having extensive medical evidence is one of the most crucial pieces of a successful Social Security Disability claim, you need to make sure you accurately describe your disability to your doctor. Tell him or her every symptom, every side effect and every health problem you are experiencing. They could be linked to your disability. Don't suffer in silence because you think something like depression or anxiety isn't relevant to your case.

The government wants to cut off my disability benefits. Now what?

This blog has written extensively about how difficult it can be to gain approval for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The process can be long and extremely frustrating. It is a relief to finally start receiving the benefits, because for most people it makes all the difference in being able to make ends meet.

That is why receiving a letter from the Social Security Administration that they are halting your benefits can be such a frightening moment. The first thing you need to do if you receive such a letter is to take a deep breath. You have options.

Comment to the Social Security Administration's Proposed "Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence"

As an attorney practicing Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, I represent hundreds of disabled workers and veterans at all levels of the disability process from initial application to appeals in Federal Court. On behalf of my clients, I am responding to the proposed rule titled, "Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence" as published by the Social Security Administration in the September 9, 2016, Federal Register. Although I approve of the proposed expansion on the definition of medical sources, I cannot support nor agree with the elimination of all deference to treating physicians and the complete disregard of disability decisions made by other governmental or nongovernmental agencies.

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