In order to have your application for Social Security disability benefits approved, you are going to have to prove that you have suffered a serious burn that prevents you from working. Since not all burn victims will qualify for disability benefits, it is important to understand what kinds of evidence may be helpful, how to complete your application, and how a Social Security disability lawyer can help you before you get started.
Gathering Evidence and Completing Your Application
Before you complete or submit an application for Social Security disability benefits, it is important to have supporting documentation. This includes the following medical information:
- Test results that determine which body systems have been affected by your burn
- Whether your burn is under continuing surgical management
- Whether you have suffered surgical complications
- Whether you have suffered other complications or related illnesses
- A description of the effects of your burn on your ability to work or go about your daily activities
Additionally, you should submit any non-medical documentation you have that supports your application. This could include information from your last employer about the days you missed due to your burn injuries or any other information about how the burn impacts your life.
When you fill out your application, it is important to be honest and to make sure that you are fully answering every question asked by the Social Security Administration. Any discrepancies within your application or incomplete answers could result in a denial of your application.
You Don’t Have to Do Any of This Alone
It can be difficult to know that every piece of paper you submit (or you don’t submit) and every word you write (or you don’t write) can have a significant effect on your Social Security disability eligibility determination. You have a lot at stake and you don’t want to forego the benefits you’ve earned because of a technicality. Accordingly, it is important to contact an experienced Social Security disability lawyer who knows what evidence the Social Security Administration is looking for and who knows how to complete compelling Social Security disability applications.
To learn more about your rights and about how a Social Security disability lawyer can help you, please read our FREE book, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know, and contact us today for a confidential consultation.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.