It can be a long road to get approved for an SSDI benefit and there is already a five-month waiting period, which means that payments won’t start before the 6th complete month of disability. You may be able to reduce the delay in processing your application by accurately completing all the required paperwork, responding as quickly as you can to any Social Security requests for information, and gathering your medical records together and submitting them as soon as you can. There are some other things you need to know to help speed up your SSDI application which is explained in the article below.
Talk to Your Doctor
What your doctor thinks is still an important part of the approvals process. He or she will have to provide a medical report with the results of tests that prove you are undergoing medical treatment for your medical condition. The proof is also required that your medical condition will prevent you from working for at least 12 months.
If your medical condition does not appear in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Blue Book you may have to ask your doctor to carry out a Residual Functioning Capacity (RFC) test. Your doctor will ask you to take part in movement activities such as how long you can stand or sit and what weight you can lift. Your mental capacity will be tested as well. The results of the RFC will help the SSA make a decision about your eligibility for SSDI.
Understand Your Condition
It is recommended that before you submit an application for an SSDI benefit, you should request all of your medical records from at least the last five years. These can be both doctor’s records and hospital admission records.
You should also review the Blue Book listing for your condition as sometimes the symptoms of your medical condition may fall under more than one listing in the Blue Book. If you can find any symptoms at all of your medical condition you should make a note of the listing number as it may help to get approved for SSDI faster than if you left it to the SSA to conduct the research.
Hire a Professional
The final key to speeding up the application process for Social Security Disability benefits is working with a lawyer. A disability benefits lawyer may be able to speed up your application for disability benefits. They also can know why applications are denied and can help to ensure you have valid medical evidence which supports your application for SSDI. This can include results of medical tests, doctor’s reports, and the results of the RFC test proving your disability will stop you from working for at least 12 months.
Free Case Evaluation
Just one small mistake could result in claimants waiting years for approval for SSDI and even after a long wait time could still have the application denied. This can be avoided if the best steps are followed before submitting an application for SSDI. To get the benefit you deserve in as faster time as possible you should fill out a free evaluation form.