Many people in North Carolina find the Social Security Disability Insurance application process to be difficult and challenging. To secure the benefits you need, you need to make a strong and compelling argument in support of your claim.
Because many people receive denials in response to their initial applications for SSDI, it pays to be as thorough as possible when making your case for these benefits.
Gather supporting medical evidence
The foundation of any SSDI claim is solid medical evidence. Compile a thorough and up-to-date medical history that demonstrates your disabling condition. This should include doctor’s notes, diagnostic tests, treatment records and any other relevant medical documentation.
Highlight functional limitations
Describe how your disability affects your daily life and your ability to work. Emphasize any functional limitations that prevent you from performing your previous job or any other substantial gainful activity. Be specific, too, in detailing how your disability hampers your ability to perform routine tasks and activities.
Include witness statements
If possible, obtain statements from friends, family members and coworkers who can attest to the impact of your disability on your daily life and ability to work. Their firsthand accounts can provide additional perspective and support for your claim.
Meet all deadlines
Adhere to all deadlines and requirements set by the U.S. Social Security Administration. Failure to do so may result in delays or denials of your claim.
The SSDI application process can be lengthy and complex, with the SSA reporting that just 31% of applicants had their applications approved between 2010 and 2019. Anticipate the possibility of initial denials, be persistent in pursuing your claim and remember you have the right to appeal a denied claim if need be.