There’s an old joke that the government is basically just a military with a very expensive insurance company. That’s because Social Security and military spending make up the bulk of the federal budget. And as millions of Americans start to approach the age of 65, spending on this popular entitlement program is only going to grow.
As of 2014, there were 64.2 million people receiving benefits from one of the programs administered by the Social Security Administration. About 5.4 million people starting receiving Social Security benefits that year, too.
Simply put, the SSA is massive. And, like most government programs, it’s not easy to apply for SSA benefits. In fact, if you’re trying to apply for Social Security disability benefits, the application process can feel downright impossible.
Well, don’t get discouraged. Here are some tips for getting your application approved.
- Hire a Disability Lawyer
Some people will only suggest that you hire a social security law firm after your application has been denied. But if a disability is truly making it impossible for you to work (or to enjoy any quality of life), then you don’t have time to waste. Find a social security attorney you trust to press your case.
- Research the Application Process and Related Forms
Even if you decide to hire a social security attorney, you still need to understand the forms and application process. For instance, an incomplete or inaccurate Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form will almost certainly ruin your application. Conduct as much research into the application process as possible.
- Don’t Ignore Your Health
Too many people get so stressed out during the application process that they stop scheduling doctor’s appointments. This is a huge mistake. The SSA is constantly on the lookout for signs of disability fraud, which means they expect to see you receiving regular medical care before, during, and after the application process. Plus, you deserve to live a healthy life!
- Be Honest
Some people feel pressured to exaggerate their injuries because of a fear their claim will be denied. But being truthful is essential. Always be upfront and honest, both in the application itself and with your disability attorney.
Remember, because of the high number of people filing fraudulent applications, successfully applying for disability can be a long and painful process. That’s just one of the reasons so many Americans choose to hire social security attorneys to help them through this difficult time.
If you have any questions, doubts, or concerns about applying for disability benefits in Kentucky, don’t hesitate to contact the Pikeville lawyers at our social security law firm.