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A personal journal can be helpful in the Social Security Disability process

On Behalf of | Aug 13, 2020 | Social Security Disability

Oklahoma City residents are hard workers. We go to work each and every day to provide for our families and to try and get ahead. When an injury, illness, or mental health condition leads to a person no longer being able to work, Social Security Disability may be a good option. If a person is planning on applying for Social Security Disability, they may want to start a journal with their medical history.

Social Security Disability is money available for those who are no longer able to work. In order for a person to qualify for these payments, they must prove that they are disabled in some way. It can be complicated process that can take months or even years.

The journal

One suggestion for those who are thinking about apply for Social Security Disability is to keep a medical journal. This journal can be helpful with the application process by documenting how debilitating the injury is to a person’s well-being. Depending on the injury the journal may include:

  • Medication side effects
  • Pain that is experienced during activity or at rest
  • Changing ability to drive
  • Sleep issues
  • Personal hygiene issues
  • Difficulty with motion including walking, lifting, standing
  • Ability to do daily tasks or if help is needed to complete these tasks such as grocery shopping, paying bills, going to the mailbox, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, etc.
  • Inability to concentrate
  • List of activities that a person may no longer be able to participate in. These may include sports, going to the movies, eating, etc.
  • Forgetting appointments

Keeping a record of daily issues a person may be facing can be helpful with the Social Security Disability application process. An attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability can offer their client guidance as to what is needed during the process and how to be successful.