- Realize that getting Social Security disability can take a very long time and statistically speaking, your application is going to be denied a couple times by the Social Security Administration. This has absolutely nothing to do with how good your case is. Anywhere from 60% to 90% of Initial Applications are denied depending on the Social Security office. Your next appeal, a Request for Reconsideration, has a 90% denial rate. I usually tell my clients to assume it's going to take about two years to get benefits.
So you've decided it's time to apply for Social Security disability. This is a hard decision and one that no one makes lightly. What steps should you take to make sure it goes as well as possible?
1. Because everyone should be covered! You might think you're perfectly healthy and you don't have the money to spare, but one accident or bad illness can put you in debt for years to come. Healthcare.gov has options on a sliding scale so you can look for coverage that meets your budget.
I get this question constantly in one form or another. The answer is simple - it's not about the diagnosis. I don't care that you have diabetes. Lots of people have diabetes and they're fine. They go about their daily business with no problem. I care what the diabetes is doing to you. Is your diabetes under control? Are you passing out every day? Are you going blind? Are your feet numb? What are your blood sugars doing?
1. You have a medical condition that keeps you from working. You're considered disabled if you have a medical condition that keeps you from working for twelve months or more or will end in death. If you can't work, you need to apply for benefits!
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