The road to benefits. (Shrewd Moves).
Despite her lawyer's unfortunate attitude and her own understandable but undeserved feeling of shame, Beth Ambler did a good job relating the facts about how MS impacts her life. That, plus appropriate medical documentation, and persistence are the essential strategies for success.
* Individuals should start by contacting their Social Security office for all the forms and instructions. Call 800-772-1213 or log on to <www.ssa.gov>. Then talk to your physician about the medical statement, as this document is critical to the claim.
* Medical statements should be guided by Disability Evaluation Under Social Security (SSA publication #64-039), which lists the medical criteria. Your doctor can obtain it free from the SSA Office of Communication, P.O. Box 17743, Baltimore, MD 21235, or from the Web site at <ssa.gov/disability/ professional/bluebook/Adult Listings.htm>.
It is also common to hire advocates or representatives, particularly those who are members of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives. Your Society chapter should be able to refer you to experienced specialists in your area.
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2002|
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