North Carolina residents understand that individuals who are unable to work may have a valid claim to disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. If you believe your injury, medical condition or mental illness is a reason to move forward with a benefits claim, it can be beneficial for you to understand how the process works.
The SSA holds a strict view of disability, and many first time applications come back denied. As a person who needs this type of financial support, it can be helpful to understand how to prove you have a genuine disability. Understanding how this process works can help you avoid unnecessary problems and setbacks.
How do you validate your disability claim?
In your application for benefits, there will be certain things you will include to prove your disability and give the SSA the information it needs to make its determination. The SSA will look at the documentation you include and use the information you provide in its decision, and it is critical to be as thorough as possible. Some of the things you can include in your application to strengthen your claim may be:
- Medical records from any treatment your condition required
- Documentation from your medical needs
- Information about your medications, including types and dosage
- Results from lab tests and other diagnostic testing
- Information and documentation about the impact of your condition on your physical abilities
In some cases, you may provide sufficient and thorough information, yet you may still receive notice of a denied claim. Unfortunately, this is rather common for initial claims. At this point, you would have the right to continue your pursuit of disability benefits through a reconsideration or appeal.
Filing for benefits can be complex and difficult, especially when you find that the SSA does not believe you provided the right medical evidence necessary to validate your claim for disability benefits.
Claiming the benefits you need
If you have a valid reason to apply for benefits through a disability claim, you do not have to walk through this process alone. Many applicants find it beneficial to have help and guidance as they move forward with the process of seeking and claiming disability benefits.
One of the first steps you can take is to schedule a complete evaluation of your case. This will allow you to gain a complete understanding of how to move forward with your pursuit of disability benefits through a claim with the SSA.