Tips For Filing For Social Security Disability

Oct 11, 2011 Comments Off on Tips For Filing For Social Security Disability by

Here are a few tips for people filing Social Security disability claims:

  • Don’t delay filing your claim! That’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make.
  • Don’t get discouraged if you get turned down. File an appeal.
  • Hire an attorney. Dealing with Social Security isn’t easy even when you’re healthy. When you’re sick, it’s really tough.
  • Don’t worry too much about how you fill out the paperwork at Social Security. This isn’t a test where you’re going to be graded on neatness and completeness. Don’t put down anything that you know is wrong. People who get too hung up on being overly precise about completing the forms never get the forms filed. Social Security doesn’t expect perfection.
  • Ask yourself whether you have significant psychiatric problems. Better yet, ask your spouse or someone else close to you. If you do have significant psychiatric problems, get over your pride and get treatment. Remember, if you have psychiatric problems, those who know you already it. You can’t hide this sort of thing. Getting treatment isn’t going to change how other people see you, except that there is a good chance that you’ll get better.
  • It can take quite some time to get approved for Social Security disability. Make use of whatever resources you can to survive. Get on Food Stamps. Apply for Medicaid. If appropriate, apply for Work First, Don’t worry about the work seeking requirement in Work First. That doesn’t apply if you are disabled. And stay close to your family and friends. You may have to call upon them for help.
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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.