One easy way to strengthen your Detroit disability case is to keep a symptom diary.
A symptom diary is any means of recording your most troubling symptom(s). Your diary may take the form of a journal, a chart, a calendar, or any other format that allows you to conveniently and contemporaneously record your disability-related symptoms. For example, if your medical condition results in headaches, you can track the quantity and quality of your headaches with a monthly chart on which you note, every day, whether you had a headache that day; the intensity and duration of your headache; any related symptoms; and treatment of the headache.
The value of keeping a symptom diary stems from two practical realities of the Detroit Social Security disability system. First, in most Detroit disability cases, the success of your claim will depend on the success of your testimony at the administrative hearing. If your testimony does not include specific details and anecdotes about how your symptoms affect your daily activities, then you have not presented your strongest case. Second, nationally and in Detroit, disability hearings often occur many months after an applicant’s request for reconsideration is denied. No matter how good your memory is, this gap between the denial of your second appeal and the date of your hearing ensures that your testimony will benefit from reference to a detailed symptom diary.
A Detroit Social Security disability lawyer can counsel you on the best type of diary (or diaries) for your impairment. If you would like my input, please tell me about your case using the Free Claim Evaluation form to the right. I will respond promptly.