There are a number of ways to strengthen your claim for benefits in a social security disability case. Below we'll look at a few of the most important factors that are considering in a court of law.
Keep a Record of Medical Treatment – Being able to provide evidence showing that you have sought treatment for you injuries is probably the single biggest factor in proving to a court of law that you deserve the compensation you are asking for. Make sure that you keep an accurate record of all medical treatment that you receive. This includes emergency room visits, regular visits to the doctor's office, prescriptions you receive to treat your injury, and any rehabilitation that you may need in order to heal from the accident.
Get a Medical Source Statement – This is an important document that is filled out by your doctor which states how the type of injuries you've endured will negatively affect your life. As an example, let's say that you are a computer programmer, and due to the amount of typing required in your job, you have developed carpel tunnel syndrome. In this case, the doctor would say that your injury prevents you from using your hands to type, which the courts will then see as a loss of an ability to earn income. Through the use of this document a judge can more accurately determine the financial losses you've suffered.
Follow all Medical Advice – This may sound like a very basic thing to do, but many times those injured will do what they feel is best for them as opposed to what is recommend by a doctor. This may include not taking certain prescription medications, not using medical devices that you have been asked to, not showing up for important medical follow ups, or not properly completing the rehabilitation program designed to heal your injury.
Comply with Social Security Request – Make sure that you properly fill out and submit any forms that are asked of you by Social Security. If they set and appointment for you to see them, or for a physician to examine you, it is absolutely important for you to go out of your way to make sure you are available for those appointments and comply 100% with their requests.
Abstain from Alcohol Abuse or Illegal Drug Use – There is no chances that you will win your case if it can be proven in a court of law that illegal drug use or the use of alcohol contributed to the injury you suffered. In addition, if it can be proven that you've been using drugs or alcohol after the injury, which too can be a factor that negatively affects your claim.
Find a Great Attorney to Assist You – Last but not least, seek the advice of a professional Social Security Disability Advocacy in your area. An attorney will help you understand the complexities of the law, ensure that you follow all procedures necessary to get the maximum compensation you deserve for the injuries you've endured, and give you peace of mind in knowing that your rights are being fought for.
Though Social Security Disability claims can be difficult to deal with, there is hope for those that have been injured on the job, if you follow the basic guidelines above, you can ensure that your claim has the best possible outcome.