How to Win Your Social Security AppealBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on May 26, 2015 | In Social Security Disability
There is a good chance that your initial application for disability benefits will be denied. It is important that you are not discouraged and that you act quickly to file an appeal. There is still time to strengthen your case and collect evidence. Your disability attorney can help you support your allegations and increase your chances of getting the support you need.
A disability attorney can work directly with your treating doctor. This way, you can be sure that your doctor provides a written opinion of your diagnosis, information about your prognosis, and descriptions of your functional limitations. It may also prove helpful to secure your complete medical history, including:
- Contact information of your doctors
- Locations and dates of your medical tests
- Details regarding your past hospitalizations
- List of medications including the prescribing doctors and dosage
Your disability attorney can also request opinions from doctors with whom they have a long, professional relationship and make sure those opinions are supported by objective medical evidence. It will then become necessary to review all of your medical records to determine which are relevant to your case and which do not have to be submitted. In some cases, an attorney may choose to not send certain records because they come from doctors who are not specialists or because the doctor’s initial diagnosis has been disproven.
Then, your attorney will help you prove that you are unable to work. You must show that you cannot return to your previous job and that you even cannot perform less than sedentary work. This means that you are physically, emotionally, or mentally incapable of performing prolonged work at a sit-down job.
Remember, many disabilities claims are denied and it is common for applicants to have to appeal disability claims denials multiple times. If you cannot work because of a disability, you should receive benefits. Make sure you contact an experienced Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer who can help you get the support you need in a timely manner.