In Illinois, nearly 70% of initial Social Security Disability (SSD) claims are denied. One way to strengthen your application and improve your odds of being awarded the benefits you’ve earned is to keep a disability journal.
What is a disability journal?
Simply stated, a disability journal is a log that tracks how your disability affects your day-to-day activities and what you do to manage it. Aim for adding journal entries every day, or at least several times a week. This journal will help reinforce your medical records, tests, and statements from your healthcare providers. This is the evidence you will submit to prove to Social Security that, due to the limitations of your condition, you are unable to perform any job in the national economy. Your age, education and past work are also factors in your disability benefits application. The goal is for your journal to present a clear and vivid picture of how your disability affects your life.
What your disability journal might include:
Use your journal to document the treatments for your disability.
Record all the dates of the medical appointments related to your impairment and keep track of phone calls to your health care providers.
Keep a log of all the medications you take for your disability and record your treatments and therapies and their results.
Having a well-written journal can strengthen your application and improve the odds of you being awarded disability benefits.
Another way to improve your chances is with expert representation. A Government Accountability Office study revealed that if a claimant had a representative such as an attorney with them at their disability hearing, they were almost three times more likely to be allowed benefits than someone without representation.
The Chicagoland disability attorneys at Nash Disability Law stand ready to fight for your rights. Call or email us for a free evaluation of your case. We have offices in Chicago, Elgin and Palos Hills to serve you.