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Social Security Disability: why playing by the book pays off

There are many factors that go into determining whether your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim gets approved. Today we'll examine a few easy and straightforward ways to improve your chances of a successful claim.

  1. Follow the law. If you get caught committing fraud for SSD benefits, this is--not surprisingly--a reason to have your benefits denied. The federal government does not take fraud lightly, and they will prosecute. And once you're behind bars, you're automatically exempt from SSD. In addition, if a crime you committed resulted in or exacerbated a disability, you will be unable to apply for SSD even after you finish serving your sentence.
  2. Be transparent with the Social Security Administration. The SSA will ask you for extensive personal information. Make sure you provide everything that's asked for. Give them permission to retrieve your medical records, and make sure the contact information you provide remains current. If any piece of information in your file is unavailable or incomplete, it gives the SSA an easy excuse to deny your claim.
  3. Follow recommended medical treatment. If you suffered an injury, it is critical that you take care of yourself and follow any doctor-recommended steps to recover. It is important to be able to demonstrate that you are trying to regain optimal health so that you can re-enter the workforce. If you show evidence to the contrary, this could be a reason for your claim to be denied.

There are many factors that can lead to a failed claim for disability benefits. An attorney experienced in Social Security Disability can be an excellent resource to help you prove your case.

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