- Gather your information together. This includes a description of your impairments, the doctors you treat with and your work history.
- Be thorough when filing your application. If you need help, considering hiring someone who understands the process.
- It is important to be accurate when describing your limitations. You do not want to under report or exaggerate the severity of your impairments.
- Don’t panic if your claim is denied. Although it is quite common that claims will be denied at the initial level, this does not mean that your claim will not be approved on appeal.
- Contact your physician regularly and make sure you are following through with your appointments.
- Discuss with your treating source the extent of your limitations and do not be afraid to discuss the efficacy of your medications.
- Consider getting a diagnosis from a specialist.
- Consider keeping a calendar to track any improvement or worsening of your condition.
- If you have a representative, make sure you keep in contact and update them with regard to any new treatment or change of address.
- Be as patient as possible. Applying and waiting for approval of disability benefits can be a lengthy process. Individuals often times suffer emotionally and financially during this time period.
- Don’t give up. I advise my clients to be hopeful and optimistic and to allow me to fight for their rights.
Partner Michael Rake was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 28, 1977. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2005. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Miami University with a major in English and obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2004. He is a member of the Dayton and Ohio State Bar Associations, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates.
He is admitted to practice before the State courts of Ohio and before the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
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