If you suffer from a serious illness or condition that prevents you from working full time, you may be thinking about applying for Social Security Disability benefits to help supplement your income. But, like you have probably heard, it isn’t easy to qualify for SSD benefits.

In fact, most people are denied SSD benefits when the first apply and must then file an appeal in order to get the benefits they are entitled to. One of the most effective ways to prove your case is by hiring an experienced Social Security disability lawyer who can make sure your application or appeal is completed accurately and effectively.

Here are some additional tips from FindLaw on proving a SSD claim:

Keep track of as many details as possible. From outlining your daily tasks and struggles to writing down all of your medications and doctor’s visits, you want to carefully detail how your disability impacts your life.

Don’t act like you can do more than you can. It’s common for SSD applicants to act like they are able to perform a mental or physical task better than they actually can, which can result in a denial of benefits. You want to be open and honest about the limitations your disability causes.

Find witnesses who can testify on your behalf. Just like a court case, you want to have people such as friends, family or coworkers who can tell the administrative law judge how you are impacted by your disability and back up your story. But the witnesses’ stories must line up with your own.

Make sure to communicate with your doctor. That means telling your doctor all of the details about your disability and the limitations it has caused. Also, don’t assume that your doctor will attest, make sure to confirm that your doctor will support your claim.

These are just a few important tips to consider when applying for SSD benefits or appealing a denial. For more helpful guidance, consult an experienced SSD lawyer in your area.