Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) can be as confusing as preparing your tax return. There is no set rule for the amount of information and the detail needed for a successful application, but there are some common mistakes to avoid that will help you have a better shot at being approved faster. Knowing what the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks for will help your gather the data and documentation needed when it comes time to make an application for benefits.
Some common mistakes to avoid on your application for SSDI benefits include:
• Providing too little information about your condition: the SSA needs to know, in as much detail as you can provide, what type of disability you have and how that disability limits you. You will need to visit with your doctor and make sure the medical records are complete and easy to read. If the agent looking over your paperwork cannot tell from the documents provided that you are disabled or that your disability prevents you from working, the chances of being approved are low.
• Exaggerating your condition: while it is crucial to provide as much information as you have, it is also important to be truthful. If you try to exaggerate your condition, your claim will probably be denied. This is because the medical evidence has to match what you put on your application, and if there are discrepancies the SSA will not approve your claim.
• Missing deadlines: if you have been denied and are on a deadline for the next level of review, missing this deadline will cause your application to be denied.
• Continuing to work: the purpose of SSDI is to provide an income for people who are unable to work, if you are still working it will appear as though you are not disabled and thus do not qualify for benefits.
• Applying at the wrong time: an application for SSDI benefits should be timed just right, at a time where you have enough medical evidence to prove your condition but can still weather the storm that lies ahead, financially, if your initial application is denied. A qualified attorney is in the best position to help you decide when to file for benefits.
Our practice is devoted to helping people get the benefits they need. If you are considering filing for SSDI or have had an application denied, let us help you get what you have earned.
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