Your Credibility

Most people who file for disability benefits are truly in need of help, and honest. But some people are less than completely honest. Some people exaggerate their medical problems. And some people even make stuff up. Exaggerations and false statements cause a couple of problems, the biggest is, YOU LOSE CREDIBILITY.

Your credibility is a significant factor in evaluating your claim for benefits.

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A few Disability Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Everybody gets denied the first time, right?

No, that is not true, everybody does NOT get denied the first time. Some people are so sure their disability claim will be denied they come in angry and sabotage their own claim. They are sure their claim will be denied because either they were denied before, or because “everyone” says you will get denied. Approximately 40% of the applications filed are approved the first time. Now you may be thinking 40% isn’t good, you may be thinking you will be in the other 60% that get denied. Maybe you will be denied, but instead of thinking negatively, turn that worry into positive action. Learn about the disability application process before you file, and learn what you can do to increase your chances of getting approved.

If you were denied before, don’t be so sure you will be denied again. This time you’re older than you were before, and it’s likely your condition has gotten worse. Give the interviewer a chance to do a good job. And if you are well prepared for the interview, you can help complete the paperwork so that you have a better chance of being approved.

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Make an In Office Appointment to File Your Claim

Call 1-800-772-1213 and schedule an appointment

Call Social Security and schedule an appointment to file your disability claim. They have a toll-free number that is open for calls Monday through Friday from 7 in the morning to 7 in the evening. It is 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call the toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.

To make an appointment they will ask for your Social Security number, name, address, phone number, and the date you became disabled. If they send you a “Disability Starter Kit” look it over, it provides some general information, but it will not help you to be fully prepared to file your claim.

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