What are some tips for SSDI applications?

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance is a stressful and, oftentimes, long process. However, there are certain things that you can do which will help your application through the process.

Keep in mind that there is no magic spell. It is not unusual for an SSDI claim to take months or years. Benefits.com suggests being realistic and honest in your claim and getting employer documentation if possible and relevant.

Being realistic and honest

Make sure to avoid exaggeration in your SSDI application. It is imperative that you are clear about what your condition will realistically allow you to do, and what it will not. It is also good to ensure that your communication with your medical professionals is clear and direct. Telling the doctor that you feel “OK” all of the time is not going to be helpful on your SSDI application. It is also important for you to be prompt with prescription refills and amenable to your doctor’s instructions.

Getting employer documentation

This is not necessary in all SSDI applications, but it may be relevant in some. If your disability is such that it has negatively impacted your performance at work, you may find that a statement from your employer to this fact is helpful. This is particularly true if your own medical history is sketchy, as you may not have much other documentation to submit. It is possible that your employer may have noticed a loss of dexterity, reduced mobility or other issues related to your condition.

SSDI applications can take a long time, but a little bit of conscientiousness can help them move faster.