Unfortunately, just because you may be disabled does not mean that you are going to win your case. You have to actually prove to SSA that you are disabled. There are many thousands of people who file for Social Security disability every year. Claims are often denied that could have been won.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your chances. Here is a list of some of those things.

SSA disability cases are decided primarily on the medical record. No matter how disabled you may be, you will not win your case if your disability is not supported by objective evidence in the medical record. (Remember, step two of the Sequential Evaluation Process requires that your severe impairments be “medically determinable.”) There are many disabled people who call me whom I unfortunately cannot help because they have had little or no recent medical treatment. It is critical that you get established with a primary care doctor and see him or her regularly. Moreover, old medical records are generally insufficient because they do not show that you are currently disabled. Additionally, the lack of medical insurance is not an excuse. If you do not have insurance, you must find some alternative way to get treatment, such as at a low-cost or free medical clinic.

Social Security Disability Topics

The Social Security Disability Process

Types of Social Security Disability Benefits

How Social Security Determines if You Are Disabled

Improving Your Chances of Winning

Do I really need to get an attorney?

Your Hearing Before An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

Appealing a Denial of Benefits