Although the merits of your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim might eventually speak for themselves, there are things you can do at the start of the application process that can improve your chances of a quicker and positive result.
First, strongly consider hiring an attorney to represent your interests. Not only is he or she experienced in this area of the law, an SSDI attorney is very familiar with filing deadlines and how to prepare for your hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). It is also important to choose the right attorney for you, since you will be working with him or her for an extended period of time. SSDI claims require a lot of time and patience, and you want to be sure that the two of you can get along well.
Second, be completely honest with your attorney. He or she can only develop an effective strategy of representation if he or she has all the facts. Gaps in information will lead to gaps in understanding. Tell your attorney everything, and let him or her decide what is important.
Third, appeal an unfavorable decision. Most applicants are initially denied, so many claims are approved after a hearing with an ALJ. You owe it to yourself to persevere.
Last, make sure you see a specialist if you need to, and make sure that all of the medical records that you submit are accurate and understandable. The Social Security Administration is not going to take the time to piece your claim together, so make it as easy on them as possible to deliver a favorable decision.