Disability with Social Security: Tips for Getting Approved

Social Security

I am Eric Brown, Attorney and Partner with Jones Brown PLLC. I would like to offer you some help getting the Social Security Disability benefits that you are seeking. The process to obtain Social Security Disability Benefits can be an overwhelming and frustrating endeavor so let me help you.  

For all adult applicants, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Social Security Income (SSI) decisions are made based on a review of your medical evidence as well as a review of your work history. If you are seeking a child disability claim; replace work history with school records, and achievement and intelligence testing scores.

Some Tips For Getting Approved:

Medical Evidence:

  • First of all be sure to provide ALL known sources of medical treatment and documentation. Most of you know that this type of information will be needed to process a disability application. However, very often most people often fail to provide the necessary contact information for each doctor that they see or hospital they visit.


  • Providing information regarding the most recent treatment or treatments you have received is crucial. A Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)or Social Security Insurance approval cannot be made without recent medical evidence. The Social Security Administration defines “recent evidence” as evidence from treatment that has been received within the last 90 days.


  • Provide all the treatment information you have as far back as you can recall or at least as far back as you are alleging that your condition, or conditions began. The Social Security Administration cannot award disability benefits without current medical evidence and Social Security cannot award the maximum amount of  “back pay” that you might be eligible for without these necessary medical documents or evidence to determine the length of your illness, injury, or condition.

Work History:

When it comes to reviewing a person’s work history the Social Security Administration is trying to identify the jobs that a person performed and to identify the specific tasks that a person did while working on each job. Social Security references the DOT, or dictionary of occupational titles, to find jobs listed by a claimant. With each job listing comes a description of the job duties as well as the skill requirements of said job. The exertion that is required to a reported job is also taken into consideration. 

  • It is critical to correctly match the job title listed in the DOT with the information you provide when you apply for disability. Why? Similar jobs such as the different duties as a warehouse worker or truck driving jobs for instance can have very different skill requirement and exertion levels.


  • Correctly identifying your past jobs will have an effect on the outcome of your case and will determine if you are approved or denied on the basis that you may be able to return to your past work or perhaps be able to perform some other type of work.


  • Providing very detailed and specific information about your work history when you file a claim for disability is so important. This is a crucial area in which many people fall short in. They seem to fail in providing enough information when they submit their disability application. Do not make this mistake. In this case there is no notion of “too much” information.


  • Remember to properly identify your dates of employment, the amount of time you worked on each job, your job title, and a very detailed explanation of the duties you were asked to perform on each job.


  • The Social Security Administration will have access to your tax withholding for Social Security, but this is your chance to clarify the work you actually did.


Eric Brown

Yes! Filing for Social Security Benefits is something you can do on your own, but the problem is that over 65% of initial applications get denied. You have to have the correct paperwork and full documentation so you can stand out from the crowd. If you are missing one doctors form or one signature, you can easily be denied. We are here to help fill in all the missing pieces and to make sure you get the benefits you deserve. Please fill out this short questionnaire and let me help you get the benefits you deserve.

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