When a South Dakota resident cannot work due to a physical or mental disability, that individual could be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Even with a valid disabling medical condition, it can be difficult to secure this type of financial support. It can be helpful to understand how to validate your claim and prove you cannot work.
Many people seeking disability benefits find it beneficial to seek guidance as they navigate the entire claims process. From the initial steps of your application to any appeals that may be necessary, you do not have to walk through it alone. Before you file, learn what you need to do to give yourself a higher chance of a successful initial claim.
Proving your disability the right way
It is not always easy to prove that you have a serious disabling medical condition. Disabilities are not always visible, it can be complex to include appropriate documentation to prove that your illness affects your ability to hold gainful employment. As you prepare your disability claim, you will need to do the following:
- Gather all of your medical documentation and information related to your condition, treatment and prescribed treatment plan.
- Speak to your doctors to get a physical assessment and documentation regarding your physical or mental condition.
- Take time to gather your non-medical documentation, which can include letters from people affirming how your condition affects your life and your career.
It can be incredibly important for the financial well-being of your family to secure disability benefits. Without this support, you may not be able to address your medical requirements, rehabilitation and other things you need. There is a lot at stake, and you will benefit greatly from having an experienced legal ally on your side as you complete your application and move forward with your claim.
What happens if your claim comes back denied?
Many initial disability claims come back denied. This is frustrating and overwhelming, yet you still have the right to continue your fight and pursue benefits. If you did not include enough documentation or there are other issues with your claim, you may be able to appeal.
One smart step you can take before you move forward with your claim is to seek a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of your legal options. The disability claims process is complex, yet with help, you can fight for the financial support you deserve.