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Still working but think you need to file for SSDI? Here are 3 tips that can help

You are struggling to work, and you know that your employer may soon let you go. Even with accommodations, you simply can’t keep up. Despite your best efforts, your back injury makes it nearly impossible for you to make it to work on time or to stay your entire shift. Doing your essential duties is also problematic.

Today, you’ve realized that you may need to seek Social Security Disability (SSDI) for your injury. You simply cannot work a full-time job, and you can’t predict how your back is going to feel from one day to another. 

What are some helpful tips for obtaining Social Security Disability?

If you want to be awarded the Social Security Disability benefits that you need, there are three tips that you can use to make the process smoother:

  1. First, start collecting evidence of your inability to work before you even leave your position. Keep notes about your sick leave, the accommodations you used and what happened. Ask your supervisor or boss for a letter describing your struggles.
  2. Second, ask your medical provider to complete a statement describing your conditions, the treatments you’ve tried and your limitations. That can help illustrate specifics that go past a mere diagnosis. 
  3. Finally, apply for SSDI as soon as you can after you stop working. It takes a while for claims to be processed, and there’s no guarantee of approval. An early start can help you get through this difficult time.

Winning approval for your Social Security Disability claim may not be easy. It helps to have an experienced advocate’s assistance even before you file. Your attorney can take a look at your claim and help you identify any challenges you may face.

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