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While writing a personal statement may not be required to file an SSDI claim, it can significantly strengthen your claim. You are the only person who can speak on how your medical condition impacts your daily life. A personal statement is a clear and specific explanation as to how your disabilities and the symptoms of your disabilities prevent you from performing your job duties and daily life. In this blog, we will be going over how to craft an effective personal statement to help strengthen your SSDI claim.

Understanding the Role of a Personal Statement

A personal statement serves as a personalized account of your struggles, written from your perspective, to supplement medical records and other formal documentation. While medical records provide a clinical view of your condition, your personal statement details how symptoms present themselves in daily activities and limit your ability to function and work. A well-crafted personal statement can positively influence the reviewer’s perception of your claim, potentially swaying their decision in your favor. 

Structuring Your Personal Statement

Investing time and effort into writing a detailed, honest, and well-organized personal statement can greatly enhance your SSDI claim, improving your chances of approval by clearly conveying the depth and impact of your disability. We created a simple outline you can follow for structuring your personal statement:

Introduction: How to start your personal statement

  • Provide a short introduction about who you are, your age, family background, and any relevant personal details that set the context for your condition. Briefly outline your medical condition, its diagnosis, and how long you have been affected.

Body Paragraphs: Detailing your condition and its impact

  • Describing Your Medical Condition: Explain your symptoms in detail, including their severity and frequency. Mention any treatments you have undergone and any side effects. Provide information about the prognosis of your condition.
  • Daily Life Impact: Detail how your condition affects your ability to perform everyday activities. Include specific examples to illustrate the challenges you face.
  • Work History and Attempts: Discuss your previous employment and the nature of your work. Explain any efforts you made to continue working despite your condition and the reasons why you ultimately had to stop.
  • Support Systems and Assistance: Mention any support you receive from family, friends, or medical professionals. Highlight the assistance you require in daily life due to your condition.
  • Conclusion: Summarize the key points about the severity of your medical condition and its impact on your life. Emphasize your inability to work due to your condition and the essential need for SSDI benefits.

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Writing Tips and Best Practices

  • Be Honest and Detailed: Ensure all the information you provide is accurate and truthful. Misrepresenting your condition can lead to denial of benefits or legal consequences. Be thorough in describing your symptoms, treatments, and daily challenges. Include specific examples and experiences to paint a clear picture of your situation.
  • Use Clear and Simple Language: Avoid medical jargon or overly complex language. Use terms that are easy for anyone to understand. Write short, straightforward sentences. This helps to clearly convey your message without confusion.
  • Organize Chronologically: Structure your personal statement in chronological order, starting from when your symptoms first appeared to the present day. This helps reviewers understand the progression of your condition. Group similar information together (e.g., symptoms, treatments, impact on daily life) and present it in a logical sequence.
  • Proofreading and Editing: Carefully review your statement for any grammatical errors, typos, or unclear sentences. A polished statement reflects well on your attention to detail. Consider asking a family member, friend, or professional to review your statement. They might catch mistakes you missed or suggest improvements.

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Seeking Professional Guidance – Tabak Law 

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If you need legal help getting the benefits that you deserve, then you should reach out to Tabak Law. We are the experts in Social Security Disability, and we have years of experience that we can put to work on your case. Moreover, we can provide a free case review and we take no payment unless we win. If we do win, that payment will come exclusively out of your back pay. This means you will never have to pay us directly and your ongoing benefits will not be affected. Schedule a free case review with the trusted experts at Tabak Law.

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