There are no guarantees when it comes to filing a Social Security disability claim for psoriatic arthritis. The Social Security Administration is strict with the requirements for filing a claim and for determining eligibility based on each individual application. The slightest mistake could mean that the agency denies an otherwise valid claim.
Prepare Before You File
Preparation is key to filing a claim that may be approved by the Social Security Administration the first time around. If you have psoriatic arthritis, you can prepare to file your Social Security disability application by:
- Seeing your doctor and following your doctor’s treatment plan. The Social Security Administration will expect medical evidence of your disability and documentation that you tried different treatments. If your condition is well controlled by treatment, you will be ineligible for benefits. However, exceptions to this rule exist if the treatments result in significant side effects or if you have a legitimate reason for refusing treatment. Legitimate reasons include things such as allergies and religious objections.
- Gather all relevant information. It is important to have complete information about your job history, education, diagnosis, treatment plan, and limitations so that you can present the evidence clearly on your application. If any part of your application is incomplete, the Social Security Administration may deny your application.
- Talk to an attorney. It is important to speak with an experienced lawyer before you apply the first time and not to wait until your claim is denied and you may have to file an appeal. While the majority of first-time Social Security disability applications are denied, an attorney can help you put together a strong application and maximize your chances of getting approved without having to appeal.
Managing your pain and discomfort puts you under a lot of stress. You don’t need the additional pressure of making sure every detail of your application is correct. Instead, you can leave that to your attorney. To learn more about the Social Security disability application process, please read our FREE book, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know, or contact us via this website to schedule your initial consultation.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.