7 Tips to win your Missouri Social Security Disability case

Here are 7 tips to win your Missouri Social Security Disability case:

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1. File an appeal.

I know this one seems obvious, but I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen a prospective client call or come in who had an application denied in the recent past and failed to file a timely appeal. You only have sixty days to appeal a Social Security Disability denial in Missouri and only sixty days to file for reconsideration in Arkansas and Oklahoma. If your Arkansas or Oklahoma reconsideration is denied you only have sixty days to file your appeal as well.

You can’t win the appeal unless you actually appeal. There is no benefit to waiting to file the appeal (or reconsideration). Hire a lawyer to do this as soon as you get your denial.

2. Accurately describe your prior work history and daily activates.

There are a lot of forms to fill out in the application process. The Work History and Functional Capacity forms are very important. In fact these forms contain some of the largest areas for people to lose their case. It is important to think before answering these questions (if you are over the age of 50, call me for a free consultation before you turn this in)

Examples from the Work History

Overestimating or underestimating the amounts you frequently lifted as part of the job.

Not listing physical demands of a job that may appear fairly sedentary.

Underestimating the amount of time each day you stand, walk, reach etc.

From the Functional Capacity (Day in the life) Forms

Combining a week of activity into a single typical day
Not explaining accommodations you have given yourself (ex. housework that you used to do in a couple hours now has to be broken up over several days etc.)

3. Get medical treatment (and documentation) for the conditions you claim are disabling .

It is a tough one because of the unavailability of reasonably priced medical care but you must explore every possible place for treatment. Your local county health department may be able to help with doctors who accept sliding scale payments. You should apply for Medicaid and look into the Affordable Care Act.

4. Follow prescribed treatment.

If your doctor tells you to do something and there is no evidence of you attempting to do so, you will likely have a problem.

5. Be consistent with doctors.

You should mention all problems to all your treating doctors. Statements like you are not having any problems with a condition or medication make future claims of such problems in the hearing look suspect. Another example, telling one doctor you are having a certain problem and then telling another doctor you don’t have that problem.

6. Truthfulness.

ALJ’s frequently asks questions he or she already know the answers to. Being inconsistent about things you have reported to SSA or a doctor even on trivial matters will have a negative effect on your case.

7. Prepare for the hearing.

Prepare with the lawyer who will be handling your case at the hearing (not an assistant or paralegal). I always schedule a face-to-face meeting with my disability clients in my office prior to his/her Social Security disability hearing. Usually, I try to meet several times prior to the actual hearing date to discuss the hearing procedures and to practice answering the questions that are likely going to be asked. This is not a rehearsal or attempt to get “canned” answers, but rather to get my clients to understand the hearing procedure so they know what to expect and are not overwhelmed with the process.

The Krebs Law Firm LLC offers a free case evaluation if you have questions about your Social Security disability claim. Many people may be worried that they do not have the money to pay for a Missouri disability lawyer or Northwest Arkansas Social Security disability lawyer, but we only handle Social Security cases on a contingent fee basis. In other words, there is no fee unless we are successful in getting you the benefits that you deserve. If you would like to speak to Jason Krebs and his staff simply call (417) 883-5886 for your free case evaluation or to discuss your appeal today! Do not delay as you only have 60 days to ask for a reconsideration if you live in Arkansas or Oklahoma and 60 days to ask for an appeal in Missouri.

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11 Responses

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  2. Clarice
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    I really appreciate these 7 tips for winning a Missouri social security disability case. I can definitely see why it would be advantageous to get treatment for the conditions that you claim are disabling you. I also think it’s important to have a good attorney. It always helps to have professional help, especially when it comes to legal matters. I know that personally, I’m no expert when it comes to the law. Having an expert would, at the very least, help keep me informed and organized!

  3. Audrey Blakeney
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    The first tip you mentioned can often be one of the most important. As you said, when an application is denied, people often neglect to file an appeal, which prevents their case from going any further. You cannot win your case or even receive help from a lawyer without first having a case to fight or be advised on.

  4. Chris White
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    Do you think that these seven tips would only help you to win a Missouri social security disability case, or would it work for one in a different location? If it will work for other places, then getting this information out to more people could really help out a lot of people. That and it will make sure that a lot more cases are going smoothly. Really just hope that I can share these seven tips with people and that it will help them out no matter what location they are in. Now that would be really cool and helpful.

  5. Walter Steck
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    “And the truth shall set you free” I find being truthful is a good way to get through life. It’s even more important to tell the truth to a lawyer, even if the truth may be harmful. That’sa just good advice. Thanks.

  6. June Robinson
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    I really appreciate this information on how to do well in a social security disability case. I think it is interesting that this post emphasizes the importance of good communication with the lawyer you are working with. I will definitely be applying that and the other tips given here to my case, thanks for the information!

  7. Jennifer Andrews
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    My grandfather is currently trying to get social security disability. Since he has issues staying organized the tips on getting and keeping all the documentation is very useful. He also tends to get nervous when speaking so having a hearing preparation would be great for him.

  8. David Hawkins
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    Being consistent with your doctors is a great tip, but also a tough one. Like you said, it can be really hard with our busy lives these days getting in the way to have a standing appointment and regularly check up with them. In the end, it’s probably worth it to at least make an attempt to do this for the best interest of your health. Thanks for posting this awesome info!

  9. Pancho Cham
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    When it comes to winning a court case, especially a social security benefit claim, you should only win if you really deserve to win. To deserve to win, you shouldn’t lie and be inconsistent with doctors and attorneys. If you contradict yourself, it could tell the judge that you may be lying and faking the disability. In the end, if you need it and deserve it, you will probably get it. Thanks for those great tips!

  10. Charles Kemp
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    I like that you mention that you should accurately describe how work went for you in the past. I think that is helpful for anyone to build the ideal day and figure out what happened. I also think it helps to know if you can perform those tasks still or not. That would help determine if you got disability or not.

  11. Brooke McAvoy
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    I appreciate all of your helpful tips and instructions. This type of thing is confusing for someone who has never dealt with it before. Truthfulness would definitely be important, which could also mean simply being clear and consistent. I will keep this in mind, do you have any tips about dealing with an attorney in this type of situation?

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