The Social Security (SSI) program in America was designed to provide financial assistance to individuals that are disabled and have their ability to work impacted as a result. Part of the application for such benefits includes submitting paperwork describing the disability, financial need, and similar factors. Even though the need for SSI benefits may be obvious to you, it will not always be accepted by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and such benefits may be denied you. If this happens, you will want to appeal to have that overturned.
If you need to make an appeal to the SSA to overturn a rejection, you will want to gather all the information that you can. Having the most amount of documentation regarding your disability and associated medical treatment will drastically increase the chances of overturning an initial rejection. Although official documentation from doctors and other medical professionals is always preferred, keeping your own records is good practice as well. One such way to do this is to keep a “seizure diary” of all incidents related to your disability.
A seizure diary is a common term for such record keeping, but it should be taken literally. Obviously, seizures are an affliction that comes with certain disabilities, but they are obvious moments in which the disability impacts one’s life. All such incidents that might occur in your respective disability should be kept track of. The longer the ledger, the greater the chances of SSI benefits being granted to you. Remember to be honest, accurate, and thorough when keeping such a diary.
If you are in the midst of an appeal to the SSA, it is recommended that you hire an attorney to fight for and with you to see your case end in victory. To learn about how we at the Franco Law Firm can serve you in this role and to schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.