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4 questions to ask your medical team when seeking SSDI benefits

On Behalf of | May 22, 2024 | Initial SSD Applications

When preparing to file a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim, you need a clear understanding of your condition and how it affects your ability to work.

Fortunately, your medical providers have the information needed for your SSDI claim. Here are some questions to ask your doctors to ensure your application reflects the extent and scope of your documented impairment.

What is my specific disability diagnosis?

Understanding the exact nature of your medical condition is fundamental. Ask your doctor to explain your diagnosis in detail, including the expected progression and any potential for improvement, to submit with your claim.

Could it affect my ability to perform specific job functions?

Discuss how your condition might impact your capacity to carry out the duties of your current job or any other employment. Ask for examples of work tasks that may become challenging and if it is possible to address them with workplace accommodations.

Could it stop me from keeping or getting gainful employment?

Inquire whether your impairments could hinder you from maintaining a job that provides substantial gainful activity (SGA). Ask if you might qualify for other types of work to demonstrate your efforts to continue employment. 

Is my condition likely to improve with treatment?

Get your doctor’s written opinion on the prognosis of your condition and the likelihood of returning to work after treatment. The SSA can use this to evaluate your current and future needs.

You should also ask about issues unique to your circumstances and remember to get comprehensive medical records from all your providers. The SSA is notorious for denying initial claims, but guidance from a legal representative may raise the odds of SSDI approval the first time around.