Although you may be feeling powerless in your dealings with the Social Security Administration, there are three important things you can do to improve your chances of success.
First, seek the appropriate medical attention for your disability and continue to obtain medical attention, even if you think it might not be helping you. Many people with long-term medical conditions start to feel that their medical treatment is not helping them, and they stop treatment. Do not make this mistake. If you have a chronic medical condition, you need medical attention to maintain your health. Moreover, medical treatment and the records detailing that treatment will play a critical role in Social Security’s decision to grant or deny you benefits.
Second, file an appeal if your initial application for benefits is denied. Statistically, Social Security denies most initial applications and requests for reconsideration. However, more than half of all applicants who appeal their claim to a hearing before an administrative law judge are awarded benefits. Don’t let a denial letter be the end of your claim.
Third, enlist the help of a knowledgeable Detroit disability lawyer. A lawyer can help you gather relevant evidence and can make a legal argument to the judge, explaining why the facts of your case support an award of benefits. If you choose to, you may go through the entire application and appeals process on your own. Your chances of success will be greatly improved, if you let an experienced Detroit disability lawyer guide the way.