Stick to the 4 rules to maximize your chance of a successful SSDI application due to a long term illness derived from COVID:

It’s Better To Apply Early

Getting SSDI approved can be a long and arduous process.

A Government Accountability Office survey showed that 1.3% of the applicants who applied for SSDI ended up filing for bankruptcy while waiting for the final appeal decision. Worse yet, 1.2% of the SSDI applicants ended up dying before receiving the final decision. The process can take anywhere from three months to a year or more for a final decision to be reached through denials and appeals. Better to have more time than not enough so apply early.

Symptoms Must Be Well Documented

Detailed documentation of all symptoms is a crucial element for having the best chance of getting SSDI from COVID. A well documented, detailed record of your symptoms will serve as proof of disability. Schedule regular visits with your doctor and document things like length, severity and frequency of all symptoms you are experiencing that you believe are related to your diagnosis of long COVID.