Here’s a little secret: Most people don’t get serious about their disability applications until about two years into the process. I have only met a handful of people who made a big effort during their initial application. Now the secret: All of those people were approved. 100%.
If you are not well enough to work on your application, see if you have a friend or family member or loved one who can help you. Now is a great time to ask for help. Perhaps you can look through this list together and they can see what kind of help you need and why:
If you don’t know what your doctor is writing about you, and your doctor writes down something that hurts your case, that record never goes away. Two years from now when you are appealing, it will still be there causing problems. Talking to your doctor now and reading your records now can save you a world of heartache later.
If your doctor does not believe you are disabled or does not support your claim, the longer you stay with that doctor the worse your records get. Making a change now can save you a world of heartache later.
If you may lose your health insurance at some point in the next three years, you won’t be able to collect more medical evidence. Getting the best evidence you can now will save you a world of heartache later.
If you are not having great doctor visits right now, then everything that goes on in those visits may go into your records. Starting great doctor visits now can save you a world of heartache later.
If there is a chance you will leave your home or become homeless or transient or lose your internet or computer or printer or run out of money to pay for records, these things will all make it more difficult to stay on top of your disability application. Assembling everything you need now will save you a world of heartache later.
If you are not telling your doctor that you are completely disabled and totally incapacitated and unable to care for yourself or do any kind of work… then I don’t know what it is you are telling your doctor, but whatever it is, it’s going in your records and never coming back out.
If you are not checking all your records yourself, some will probably be missing. Checking your records now can save you a world of heartache later.
If you are assuming your doctor knows how to win a disability case, you may be in for a surprise. Learn as much as you can yourself. You will be happy in the end.
If you are leaving everything in the hands of your lawyer, it will likely take 2-3 years to get approved. It’s up to you if you can wait.
If you cannot wait, then collecting these things now can greatly improve your chances:
- a great function form
- a great doctors letter
- medical evidence of CFS/ME
- medical evidence of other conditions