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Tips for preparing to apply for Social Security disability

The decision to apply for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits can be intimidating. It can come at a time when the disabled individual is unable to work because of their disability and has also had to make the difficult transition from their work and career. The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can be time consuming and challenging but it is not impossible to obtain benefits and some tips for applying may help.

First, it is important to collect and assemble medical records. It is also important to discuss the individual's disability and application with any treating doctor because the treating doctor's recommendation will be an important part of the application process. It is also important to be thorough in the collection of medical records and not leave anything out. The applicant for disability benefits should also know and understand what is in their medical records.

Next, it is important to list all treatments and medications the disabled individual is receiving and taking and to, once again, be thorough in this process. Filling out forms with detail and specificity is also helpful and time should be taken when filling out forms and assembling medical records for submission of the application. It is also useful to seek emotional support from family and friends and professional help and guidance with the application process when needed.

Overall, the information submitted to the Social Security Administration for disability benefits should be consistent so thoroughness and familiarity with the records and what they say is important. SSDI claims are not necessarily easy but they are important for many disabled individuals and can be more approachable the more the applicant understands the process.

Source:, "6 Things To Know About Applying For Social Security Disability," Katie M. Golden, Accessed Aug. 10, 2017

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