People need to increase their success by increasing their awareness and be prepared before filing their initial claim application
St Louis, MO (PRWEB) March 18, 2008 -
More than 2.5 million Americans initiated a Social Security Disability Insurance claim in 2007. Over 1.0 million, 42% of claims initiated, were denied benefits. Most claimants are newcomers to the process and need to increase their awareness in order to increase their success. Advantage 2000 Consultants which represents many thousands each year successfully initiate Social Security Disability Insurance claims offers valuable insight.
"Social Security Disability Insurance applications and processing backlogs are at record levels. Hundreds of thousands of initial applicants are waiting months, even years to receive a decision," said Craig Smith, Director of Business Development. "People need to increase their success by increasing their awareness and be prepared before filing their initial claim application"
Thousands of people receive valuable assistance from Advantage 2000 Consultants. Insight offered below is derived from witnessing common mistakes made by claimants prior to receiving professional assistance.
-File application on-line.
Social Security makes it possible to file applications for Social Security Disability Insurance through their website. The alternative phone call or face to face interview will literally add weeks to the process.
-Obtain certified birth certificates and citizenship papers when requested.
Certified papers must come from a local Department of Health or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Do not use the hospital birth certificate. Going to the right source will save weeks or months of processing time.
-Application information must be accurate and complete.
Accurate and complete information means faster claim processing. Before going on-line to file, gather complete medical information with provider contacts. Include full and complete work history going back 10 years. And gather Social Security numbers of everyone in the immediate family, if applicable.
-Specify how your condition prevents you from working anywhere.
In many cases, the claimant must prove that work of any nature including simple, light duties cannot be performed. This includes the most recent position held and any other job in the market. Document specifically how pain, fatigue, special accommodation, sleep habit, and bathroom breaks prohibits work function.
-Attend consultative exams when requested by Social Security.
Many claimants are asked to attend consultative exams in order for Social Security to gather additional evidence of disability. Appointments must be kept in order to avoid long delays in claim processing.
-Maintain communication with Social Security over additional medical evidence.
If medical conditions change, new procedures performed, follow up doctor visits made, or new medications prescribed then inform Social Security of the additional evidence. Ensure the medical provider is aware of the claim with Social Security and that medical records are sent to the claim administration office.
-Request an "On the Record" decision from the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
In some cases an Administrative Law Judge will review and approve claims without requiring an in person hearing. "On the Record" decisions are a fast track to award benefits and save significant processing time.
For additional information on successfully filing an initial Social Security Disability Insurance claim contact Michael Johnson or visit Advantage 2000 Consultants.
About Advantage 2000 Consultants:
Advantage 2000 Consultants is America's leading Social Security Disability Insurance representation firm. Since 1995, our team of professionals with government, insurance, legal and medical experience has helped many thousands of disabled Americans receive their Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
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