Filing for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) is a complicated process. First, you are probably feeling overwhelmed just at the thought of not being able to work anymore and second, you are now staring down a lot of paperwork that can be confusing. It is important to get the facts straight and provide the right information when you apply for SSDI, because the chances of being approved when you first submit your application are statistically low. Knowing what information to include and what to leave out can help, and we are here to make sure that your application is done properly and contains all of the information the Social Security Administration (SSA) needs.
Some of the most common mistakes made on SSDI claim forms include:
• Failing to note the severity of your condition. If you suffer from a disability that does not, on paper, appear to render you unable to work it is possible the examiner will deny your application. You do not want to overstate your disability, but you do want to provide enough information for the examiner to have a clear picture of your disability and how that disability limits you daily.
• You did not note how your condition affects you mentally. Many times a physical condition is coupled with a mental disability. It is critical to note your psychological limitations in detail, just as you would your physical limitations.
• Your records do not adequately describe how your disability limits what you can do. If the examiner sees notes about your medical condition without information about the impact the condition has on your life, the examiner may believe you are not disabled to the point of being unable to work.
• The application does not properly describe your job functions and duties, such that the examiner may believe you omitted those duties because you are still capable of performing at least some of your old job tasks. If it appears you are able to work in any meaningful way, your application may be denied.
It is also important to note whether you are able to do any job functions that are different from your prior work history. If you learned a new skill or trade while at a previous job, you should explain on your application for SSDI benefits why you are not able to take on that type of work, due to your disability. The key is to show that you are not able to perform any significant gainful activity, and that the reasons for this is because of your disability. Let us help you fill out the forms, request a reconsideration, or file an appeal if that is what you need.
We have the experience you need when applying for SSDI or appealing a denial of benefits. You can contact us online or call us at 855-727-6353.