SSDI Checklist For Applicants

We realize you will have many questions about your application and the Social Security Disability Insurance process. Here is a list of SSDI frequently asked questions and common situations for potential applicants that often come up for our Miami clients.

  • Tell your treating doctor that you have applied for disability benefits and ask the doctor to enter your reports of side effects of medication and other symptoms of your condition.
  • Ask the doctor to cooperate with your lawyer when your lawyer requests his opinion on how your medical conditions limit or restrict you from performing work activity.
  • If you are unsteady on your feet, contact your doctor before you buy a cane. Tell the doctor your symptoms and why you think you need a cane to help you stand or walk. If the doctor agrees, have him or her note in your chart that a cane is medically necessary.
  • If you have a heart condition and are prescribed nitrostat (nitroglycerin) for chest pain, every time you take it, write the date on a list or on a calendar and state how many nitro tabs you had to take to relieve the chest pain.
  • If you need to remodel your bathroom or bedroom because of your condition, make sure you keep the contractor's remodeling plan and bill, and give it to your attorney. Even if you don't remodel, if your condition prevents you from using your home differently because of your condition, make a note of it.
  • Do you cry? If you cry, know that you have permission to cry at your hearing. Explain to the judge, after you have calmed yourself, all the reasons why you cry.
  • If you have a physical condition that shows on your skin, or is visible to the judge, it should not be covered by clothing (within reason) so that your lawyer can show the judge.

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