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TIP #5: 5. Ask questions when you don't understand. It is better to be sure you understand.

You may think that your evaluator is too busy to answer "silly" questions. Or you may think your evaluator thinks he is too busy to answer questions. In either case, the best approach is to ask and let those who know help you. If your question is not important, better to find that out and quit worrying about it. If it is important, your evaluator will thank you for asking. There are too many little things that can go wrong, and most of them can be averted or dealt with swiftly if the right questions are asked. "Will the doctor who examined me decide if I am disabled?" "I need help getting to my examination. Can you help me?" and dozens of other questions are all part of the daily routine for your evaluator. She is the expert in disability claims, and she is more than willing to answer to the best of her ability. Just by your asking, you may help move things along a lot more quickly. Try to know as much as you can about the process and your claim. The more you know, the smarter you can be about your part in the process. So, here as everywhere else, there are no stupid questions, and if you get what seems like a stupid or impatient answer, perhaps you can ask someone else, like the evaluator?s supervisor. That is also one piece of information you are entitled to ask for. So, ask away, and happy learning!


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