Here are a few ways to get into and out of trouble. None of these things will affect the medical decision on your case, they will just annoy you in the meantime:
Read this if you get a “technical” denial or a “non-medical” denial or a notice that says “denied” but it does not say “a medical decision has been made.”
Read this if Social Security says you are not eligible to apply for disability
Read this if you have already applied and you would like to do a little something extra that may or may not turn out to be important
Read this if you have already applied for SSI and you want to know all the rules so that your backpay check will not be reduced
Read this if you have a Social Security question and you can’t figure out how to figure out the answer.
If you run into problems with you can’t solve, it is a good idea to consider getting a lawyer or representative
Read this if someone at Social Security tells you something that sounds weird, funny, random, disappointing or untrue
Read this if you don’t know where your application is or what the bleep is going on
Read this if you think you are poor enough to qualify for SSI, but you still got a notice or got told that you are not eligible. Maybe there is a solution.
If you are banging your head against the wall because Social Security will not work with you to fix the problem, your Congressperson can help. (Hint: The person at your Congressperson’s office will not know complex Social Security policies. They will know how to make a phone call for you if you tell them what to say).
Everything above is all well and good, but none of it will matter one whit if you don’t have great medical records and a great application. This is where you should be spending most of your time.