Dr. Fink of The Bipolar Blog has compiled a great list of suggestions when you are filing for Social Security disability benefits.
- Consult your doctor and therapist.
- Keep your doctor appointments.
- Have your doctor complete an RFC form for you.
- Document everything.
- File immediately.
- Keep copies.
This is just a summary, the article goes into quite a bit of detail.
However, I do not agree with every point. For example, the article says the following about when to contact an attorney:
Most disability attorneys won’t even talk to you until you’ve filed a claim and been denied, so don’t waste your time consulting an attorney until you have filed and been denied. Of course, there is a chance that you will file and be approved, in which case, you’ve saved yourself the attorney fees!
Most attorneys will not take a case unless it has been denied, but it is wrong to say that most attorneys will not talk to you until the case has been denied. There is a big difference in saying an attorney will not talk to you versus saying an attorney will not take your case.
I talk to people all the time about their Social Security cases. Sometimes, I cannot take their case (for one reason or another). However, the individual gets to discuss their case, bounce some ideas off of me and get some free information!
Sometimes I take a case before the denial, sometimes after. But, it is never a waste of time to get some early input into your Social Security case.