The application you must submit in order to receive your disability benefits can be daunting. It’s long and confusing, and if you mess up, you could delay your benefits, or cause you to get your claim rejected altogether.
Because of this, it’s difficult to do it on your own, and some may turn to other people for help. There is absolutely no shame in doing this; in fact, it’s expected. You should always seek out help if you’re confused about a part of the form, or if you want someone to double check and make sure you filled it out correctly. Here are some people who can help you fill out your application.
Friends and Family
If you’ve had a friend or family member who has gone through the process, their input can help you out immensely. Even if they have not, having a second pair of eyes to look at your application can be helpful. You may have missed a section, made a typo, or may not have presented your case as accurately as possible. Another pair of eyes can help you do that.
The friend or family member can also help speak for you if you have trouble speaking.
If you’re applying on someone’s behalf, like a disabled child, you may be able to talk to social service workers or other professionals to help you fill out your application.
When applying for disability, you need to have accurate and up to date medical information about yourself. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor if you need more evidence, need a note, or need anything else pertaining to your disability. Your doctor can help you get all the evidence you need so you can submit it faster.
Talk to the SSA
Go or call your local SSA office and talk to the representatives there. They should be able to answer any questions you may have about the process, or help you with your application. You can also have someone show up on your behalf if you are unable to go.
Talk to an Attorney
If you’re trying to appeal a rejection, or if you have any other questions, an attorney or disability advocate can help you with the process. They are trained to know the law, and they can help you build a case that is framed in the best possible light in order to increase your chances of receiving benefits. They are usually paid by taking a cut out of your SSDI paycheck, so you can afford one usually. They’re a good option regardless of how many people you have helping you.
To summarize, there is no shame in asking for help. Those who apply by themselves may end up failing, but if you have a group of people giving you assistance, you are less likely to fail. If you have any questions, talking to a professional is not just wise; it may be the deciding factor.