When you decide to file for Social Security Disability benefits, the first step to take is to consult with an experienced SSD attorney. Take your time in determining who should represent your interests because the process will be long and can be physically and emotionally taxing. You and your attorney need to be able to work together.
You should also know the basics of the process, since knowledge will prevent some of the frustrations normally experienced by claimants. Ask questions so you feel comfortable.
You must be completely honest with your attorney. He or she cannot implement a strategy for your case with only pieces of information. You need to answer all of your attorney’s questions accurately.
Additionally, you should consider appealing a non-favorable decision. There is a 60-day window to file a Request for Reconsideration from the date of the unfavorable decision. Weekends and holidays count toward the 60-day rule.
Lastly, you must provide detailed records. Your medical records convey the story of your condition. Ensure your attorney has all your records. If your condition warrants additional tests from a specialist, schedule an appointment immediately.