First of all, if you are working with a professional SSDI representative like Allsup, you’ve already made the first step to speed up the process.
(Vocus/PRWEB) February 23, 2011
If you’re getting ready to file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, prepare to join a long line of hundreds of thousands of people waiting for a ruling on their claim. Fortunately, according to Allsup, a leading nationwide SSDI representation company, there are ways to expedite the process and increase your chances for a favorable outcome. Founded in 1984 by a former Social Security Administration (SSA) field representative, Allsup has successfully represented more than 150,000 people with disabilities for their SSDI benefits.
“First of all, if you are working with a professional SSDI representative like Allsup, you’ve already made the first step to speed up the process,” said Edward Swierczek, an Allsup senior claimant representative with more than 37 years of SSDI claims experience. “Most people aren’t even aware that help is available to navigate the long and stressful SSDI application and appeals system. This is a very complex process, and it’s crucial that you have help with an experienced representative to guide you through the maze of paperwork. Many people just don’t have the resources to navigate the system properly on their own.”
SSDI is a federally mandated insurance program administered by the Social Security Administration that taxpayers and their employers fund through payroll taxes. Social Security disability benefits provide monthly income to those who have experienced a severe disability and can no longer work for 12 months or longer, or who have a terminal condition.
Swierczek pointed out that cooperating with your representative is vitally important when seeking Social Security disability benefits. “It sounds so obvious, but one of the best ways to help your representative is to complete all forms accurately and return them as soon as possible,” he said. “Because people are so busy keeping doctors’ appointments and struggling to deal with their disability, sometimes their SSDI application can be set aside while they attend to what they think are more pressing matters.”
Swierczek offered the following tips to help in receiving a timely, and positive, outcome to your SSDI claim:
- Be Prepared: To help speed your claim through the application and appeals process, your representative must have complete, timely and accurate information. It’s important to prepare a list of all your doctors, in addition to their addresses, phone numbers, and types and dates of treatment.
- Notify Your Doctors: Contact all of your doctors and let them know you are applying for SSDI benefits. Remember that it is extremely important that your doctors support your disability claim. Tell them to expect a call from your representative, who will be gathering medical evidence to support the claim. Encourage your doctors to provide all required records and assessments to your representative in a timely manner. You also can explain to your doctor that administrative law judges give significant, and sometimes, controlling weight to a treating physician’s medical opinion. Your representative may ask for help if he or she has difficulty securing records from your doctors. We know that your doctors are busy, and often they will be more responsive to you as their patient. It’s also important to let them know that their cooperation and timely response to your representative may make the difference between your claim being approved or denied because of incomplete information or a missed filing deadline.
- Report Changes: Always tell your representative if your condition worsens. On the other hand, make sure he or she is aware if your condition is improving to the point that you are considering returning to work. Your representative can explain such things as return-to-work opportunities and the ramifications of your decision.
Swierczek emphasized that the key to filing a successful SSDI claim is gathering pertinent medical records to support your claim, timely filing of appeals, and keeping your representative fully informed of changes in your health or work status.
If you have questions about your disability and whether you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits, please contact the Allsup Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 279-4357 for a free SSDI evaluation.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 700 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, visit http://www.Allsup.com.
(800) 854-1418, ext. 65065
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