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Advice on how to improve your Social Security Disability odds

The decision to apply for disability benefits is not one made lightly. Many applicants submit their paperwork to the Social Security Administration only after they have repeatedly tried to continue their careers, hold onto jobs and earn needed paychecks despite a disabling medical condition. For them, the application often feels as if they have lost a battle they would have much rather won.

For many applicants, completing the SSDI paperwork is itself a struggle. Their physical or psychological disabilities make an already daunting process appear insurmountable. That is one reason many people submit incomplete applications -- one of the most common reasons for denial of an initial SSDI application, a recent news article points out.

The article says there are conflicting theories about when it is best to file an SSDI application. Some insist that it is best to file as soon as you can no longer work. Others believe it's best to wait until you have been unemployed for a year and others suggest a compromise is best, urging applicants to submit their paperwork three to four months after they lose their job.

Regardless of when you file, everyone is agreed on at least one thing: the wait to hear back from the Social Security Administration is going to be a long one. The initial wait will likely take from three to six months, the article says, while the wait for news of how your appeal went will take much longer.

Another piece of advice: "consider hiring an attorney." A Charlotte lawyer experienced in SSDI appeals will review your paperwork to determine if any records or medical information should be added. The lawyer knows how to obtain needed doctors' reports so that your application contains all needed data.

An SSDI attorney also understands how to effectively present your claim to the administrative law judge who will preside over your hearing. Contact the law office of Ayers, Whitlow & Dressler for more information.

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